Instead of adding something to the home for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, consider taking something off the task list. Trust us, if you try the following ideas, they’ll never forget it.
Make it Personal
We ask this question every year: what do you get the Mom and Dad who have everything? Here’s an answer you’ve probably never heard: Nothing. With Marie Kondo’s popularity, more kitsch and clutter is not the answer. Instead of buying another trinket or tool, make this the year you get creative and really “wow” Mom and Dad. As someone who cleans for a living, I know what will impress. So I’ve come up with a list of gifts that anyone can give. And the best part is this: they’re free.
Take Out the Trash
If you’re like me, you might be the one who always takes out the trash. Remember the cold days this past February when it rained and snowed? Who was responsible for lugging the trash can to the curb? If you weren’t the one doing it, a great gift for the person who always does would be to wheel that heavy cart to the curb on a regular basis. Believe me, your gesture would be much appreciated.
Pick Up Toys & Clothes From the Floor
This one is for your littles to do. They should be doing this every day, but chances are they’re not. They probably go from one activity to the next without regard for cleaning up their previous mess. If you’re the other parent, encourage your child(ren) to pick up their toys and make it a goal to do it a certain number of times. Maybe…just maybe…they start forming a habit that can be appreciated year round.
Wash the Dishes
When it comes to dishes, let’s define the scope of your gift so you can get the most amount of appreciation from it.
- Put away clean dishes.
- Clear counters of dirty dishes.
- Seek out dirty dishes from the rest of the house.
- Load the dishwasher with dirty dishes (leave large bulky dishes out so you can fit more dirty dishes in there).
- Wash the bulky dishes by hand. This would include pots, pans, trays, mixing bowls, etc.
- Let the dishes air dry while you do the rest.
- Clear counters of food, papers, bags, purses, homework and other belongings that don’t belong there.
- Wipe down the counters, stove top, microwave, and fridge.
- Run the dishwasher.
- Put away the pots and pans you just washed.
- Receive gratitude.
Clean Out the Car
Las Vegas has a ton of car washes that can do this, but there’s something about a person (or family) taking time out of their day, and showing Mom or Dad the final results. The outside is one thing, but the inside is a whole different story. When cleaning out the car, be sure to have your kids help. It may take a bit longer than usual to clean out the ride, but it’s about the experience right?
Be sure to allot more time to this task and your joy level will rise while doing it–plus Moms and Dads like having a fresh interior–who doesn’t?
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