Surprisingly, my plan was met with little resistance and mild enthusiasm. Here is my kids' spin on cleaning. Maybe you can use these selling points on your own minions, er I mean children.
Blondie thinks cleaning sucks and using cleaning products is hazardous to your health. In spite of her wonderfully positive attitude, at the end of two days she did everything that was asked of her and even begrudgingly admitted that it was nice to be able to see her bedroom floor and find books on her bookshelves.
Ball loves vacuuming. She told me this about five times while ramming the vacuum into her bedroom furniture. She also loves washing walls. More accurately, she loves soaking her arms in the warm soapy (kinda dirty) water and working just long enough to justify putting her rag, (arms) back in the water. Ball took great pride in her work and added her smile to all her assigned tasks.
Ball's method for washing walls
Dude likened the Windex bottle to a gun and volunteered to clean every window and mirror in my house. He also thinks the long plastic tube on the vacuum cleaner with the dust attachment is like a ninja spear and he ferociously attacked all our dust bunnies.
Spring Cleaning was finished Thursday. Saturday at dinner Dude pulled me away from the table to show me something very important! He lead me to our banister and pointed to it; a minuscule amount of dust. We could only go back to the table after I promised to tackle this evil enemy later.
In all of this I was trying to teach my kids important lessons. Meanwhile I probably learned the most valuable one: be careful when you teach a child with obsessive tendencies about cleaning. For Dude I either equipped him with wonderful tools or set him up for complete mental breakdown. Only time will tell.