Last week, we celebrated International Housekeeping Week in Lexington, VA.
On Sunday the 11th, we had a “toilet paper toss up” challenge, where we used dust pans and a roll of toilet paper and played a game like hot potato, and the last one standing won a prize. I also handed out homemade Oreo truffles to my staff that I made so everyone in my department would get something.
On the 12th, we had a game called “laundry detail.” I made everyone come into our laundry room and try to remember everything they could in ten minutes. After 10 minutes, I took them out into the lobby and had a quiz on what and where certain things were. For example, where is the fire extinguisher, fire alarm, first aid kit, how many boxes of stain powder, ect. There were 20 questions altogether, and the winner won a $25 gas card. I made homemade meatballs and we all made meatball subs for lunch.
On the 13th, we had a “what’s missing in the room” challenge, where I removed things from the room such as lightbulbs, duvet covers, curtain rods, 35 items altogether, and the person who wrote down the most correct missing things after 3 minutes in the room won a prize. On this day we had a taco lunch.
On the 14th, we held a “stock the bathroom” challenge where I took everything out of a bathroom and then timed them on how long it took them to stock it, and the winner got a prize. For the “everyone” gift, I made peanut butter cookies for everyone.
On the 15th, we had a game called “toilet brush bullseye”. This was a favorite! I hung a toilet seat from the ceiling in front of my office door, and each person had to throw 6 toilet brushes through the seat. The one who got the most in won a prize. We gave out pens, keychains, and the compact from the positive promotions catalog on this day.
On the 16th, I paired everyone up (they had to draw a number from a hat and whoever had matching numbers became partners), and they had to make a bed while blindfolded. The team that made the neatest bed won a prize. I gave out small candles and homemade fudge for the gift of the day.
On the 17th we had a “blanket folding” competition. We fold our blankets like a flag to keep in the closets, and I timed each person folding them. The fastest person won a prize, and I gave out a lottery ticket to everyone for the gift of the day.
We had so much fun, it really built up morale for our team, so I decided that each week on Wednesdays, we will have a game to play and the winner will get a small prize. At the end of the month, I will put the winners from each week’s name in a hat and draw one name to win a 25 dollar gas card. It seems to really keep everyone’s spirit up.
I think in addition to Housekeeping Week, it really helps to have fun all year long. If after a few months of having a weekly game, everyone still wants to do it, we will continue doing so.
Posted on Sep 28, 2011