As a frequent board game player, I've long been aware of the mysterious power that little colored wooden cubes can hold over people. Occasionally, intelligent grown men will break out into long winded discussions over whether the acquisition of a small wooden cube is acceptable according to intricate, but really rather arbitrary, rules.
I've often thought: if only this absurd motivational force could be harnessed and applied to some useful purpose. Here I attempt to do just that with the cleaning game!
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Step 1: Stuff You Need
a treasure chest (any sort of box with a lid)
treasures (small trinkets of your choosing)
small bowl (victory point track)
the rules sheet (below) (also in pdf)
Step 2: The Rules
Print out the rule sheet (below) (also in PDF format below)
It's very simple really. Assign points to various tasks. Assign point values to the trinkets. For each task you complete, move the appropriate point trinket to your victory point track.
The game is over when you give in to some excuse to stop cleaning, you close the lid of the treasure chest or you have successfully cleaned your entire house/workshop!
Tally up your points and mark it down on the calendar with a gold star.
So far I've managed to clean my whole apartment with this game, playing the solitaire version. So, it's proven to work, at least once!
Maybe I can actually photograph my workshop now.
Step 3: Is It Fun?
I'd say it's about as fun as playing a game of solitaire with a deck of cards is fun. It's definitely productive. There's something satisfying about collecting your victory point and then tallying your points up at the end.
I interviewed some random strangers who gave positive feedback (in exchange for victory cubes)
(Sorry the image notes seem to be busted lately.)