Kids and Chores
Every Saturday we spend two hours cleaning. This saves me the need to clean during the week. It also keeps the kids involved. When our 14-year-old daughter suggested we do a cleaning competition, I jumped at the chance to make our semi-annual window cleaning chore a contest. I sent out this email three days prior:
This Saturday will be our first-ever Fabry family window cleaning competition. Each of you will be assigned 1-2 windows and our unbiased judge (Dad) will choose the cleanest window. A prize will be awarded to the cleaner of the cleanest window. In a separate and secret email I will let you know which window(s) you are cleaning.
Thank you in advance for your participation.
The Cleaning Coordinator
We had five competitors. Supplied with their own rags, paper towels, folding chairs, and white vinegar spray bottles, the competitors had 45 minutes to make their windows sparkle. The judge willingly went into seclusion in his office, and the Cleaning Coordinator announced, “Let the Games begin!”
We gave our competitors an extra five minutes and then watched as our esteemed judge took careful notes, examining each casing and pane.
Not bad advice from the winner of the Window Games.
Congrats to Colin and the rest of the Window Warriors!!
White vinegar to the rescue!
Loved the story and the cleaning tips! 🙂
You guys are having way too much fun! Good for you! (Do you think this will work with 3 teenagers?)
Andrea Fabry says
Well our competitors were 17,15,14,12 and 10. The prize of a free movie rental drew in the teenagers. 🙂
Kristen @ Smithspitations says
I loved this, Andrea! What a fun family activity. Productive, too. 😉
Ruth Lynn says
Fun! Congrats, Colin!! Can you come teach Josh to do windows that well?