How to Have a Clean House With Kids (Yes, it Can Be Done!)
We know, we know.
Cleaning with your kids doesn’t exactly sound, well, that relaxing. But, it IS good for little people to help out around the house once in a while, so they’re in the habit of earning their keep – which, down the road, you’ll be grateful they know how to do. Read on for ways to spiff up your space AND keep small hands occupied – definitely a win-win in our book.
1) Game Time
Entice your kids to clean up by turning chores into games, suggests Momtastic blogger Alex Richards. Make a bulls-eye on the floor with painter’s tape, she says, and challenge your kids to sweep the crumbs into that area. Or, create a cleaning treasure hunt. Hide small toys or candy in spots around the house that they can only discover by cleaning up different areas (i.e., behind a pile of toys, or near the breakfast dishes).
2) Cue the Playlist
“The Clean-Up Song” is tried-and-true, but sometimes you need to mix it up. Pick a couple of songs from your Spotify mixes that your kids like and designate those as “cleaning songs” so they can spray, sweep, and stow to the beat. Sometimes, a calming song works, especially if it’s toward the end of the day and you’re winding down together as a family. My son’s kindergarten teacher played Jack Johnson’s “Upside Down” when they cleaned after choice time, and he still requests that after dinner when we’re wiping the counters and loading the dishwasher together.
3) Play Mixologist
ThreeMain’s products are safe for children to use, but it also may be fun for kids to make their own solutions every once in a while. They’ll have a blast making their own “potions” and you can even give them their own spray bottle to decorate with stickers and markers. To make an all-purpose cleaner, have them mix two cups of water, a few drops of mild soap, and about 15 drops each of lavender essential oil and tea tree oil, suggests the blog Inspiring Savings.
4) A Duster of Their Own
Consider investing in an extra set of cleaning supplies for your kiddos. The blogger Intentional Mom recommends giving each child a bucket with their own things. If you use a feather duster, cleaning rag, and a spray bottle, give them an identical set. They’ll love that grown-up feeling that comes along with having the same things you do. And bonus, as they’re pretending and playing, the house is getting cleaner!
5) Laundry Basket Challenge
Can’t convince your kids to scrub the bathroom floors? At the very least, they can help you keep the house organized. Grab your laundry basket and fill it with anything not in its place. When your kids get home from school (or, if they’re toddlers or preschoolers, wake up from naptime) have them separate their stuff from the basket and put it away before they can do anything else, says
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