Games are fun because there are boundaries, rules, and winning.  So what would make cleaning fun?  That's right- boundaries, rules, and winning!
For games like "clean the kitchen," it's important to make the boundaries clear.  If dishes are all washed & put away, counter is wiped and free of any unsorted papers, the floor is swept and trash emptied then you're done!  Doesn't that feel good?
Without boundaries, you might finish the dishes, counter, floor, & trash but then decide that "clean kitchen" now includes a clean oven, microwave, and refrigerator.  That's not fair!!!  Instead of a feeling of accomplishment, you are now overwhelmed.

A rule like "must pass the white glove inspection" is essential to keeping a consistent standard when cleaning.  Be generic in rule setting and the worker will exceed your expectations.  It also takes less time to quality control than a long list of specifics.
You must have an opponent to win.  In the cleaning game, time is usually the opponent.  If it normally takes 45 minutes to clean the kitchen, then you must beat that time.  If you've never thought how long it takes to clean the kitchen, make an estimate and see if you can meet or beat it.
For some people the clean space is reward enough.  For others (like children) it's best to have an incentive.  There are lots of ways to motivate, just be sure the motivators are positive.  I also recommend you make rewards incremental.  Example: $1 if you do it in 30 minutes, $1.25 if you do it in 25, $1.50 if you do it in 20, etc.  This will make continuous improvement more likely.  You may even find the "winner" asking for more tasks because he or she is hoping for more reward!
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