Beat the Clock
Nothing inspires kids of any age to clean like the promise of something special upon completion. If you want to put the pedal to the metal, offer up a "Beat the Clock" game. Set a timer for a reasonable amount of time and make a deal with your kids -- if they can clean up their rooms to your satisfaction before the time goes off, they get a special treat. The time limit should help keep them focused on the task. Young kids may respond to some kind of sweet treat, maybe a trip to the ice cream shop. Tweens and teenagers might appreciate a sleepover, a later bedtime or a trip to the mall with their friends. Some may call it bribery, but we like to think it's just good sense.