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Spring Cleaning: The ‘Little Kiddie’ Edition

Posted on Mar 11, 2016 in Ideas & Lifestyle, Newsletters by | Comments
Spring Cleaning: The ‘Little Kiddie’ Edition

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leaning the house with little ones underfoot is always a challenge. It becomes too easy to just go ahead and do it all yourself, rationalizing you can do it faster anyway. I definitely fell into this trap and one day, when I was able to take a breath, realized my kids were more capable than I gave them credit for.

I started out assigning small chores around the house. They don’t always get it right or perfect—after all, I have a toddler and a preschooler. But the goal of keeping the house tidy is participation, not perfection. We all work together to keep things running and neat.

Here are a few simple ideas to implement in your own home to get little ones helping. And with spring right around the corner, there’s no better time to start!

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Bite the Dust
Give your kids a dust rag and let them get to work. Their little hands can get those hard to reach places and they can wiggle in tight corners that are often missed. My kids actually like to clean tables, chairs and window ledges. Allow your children to wipe down the dinner table at the end of the day and provide them with disposable or cloth wipes so they can clean bathroom counters too.

Pick It Up
Kids are great at picking up when they’re motivated. Make it a game or a contest. Put on some music and challenge them to pick up as many toys as they can before the song is over. We keep toys in shelves that are lined with baskets from the dollar store. This makes it easy for the kids to grab a basket and fill it up.

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Use What The Kids Own
Kids love smaller versions of adult sized supplies. My kids have a child sized broom and dustpan set, which they love to play with. Have them put it to good use and use it to sweep under the table after a meal. Hand them a stick vacuum that little hands can operate—under your supervision—and let them vacuum their room. Fill small spray bottles with water and let them clean windows.

Rotate Toys
I don’t keep all of the toys out in plain sight. We have a closet with a bookshelf where we store toys not currently in use. Every few weeks, I will swap toys from the playroom with ones in the closet. The kids are happy to discover a “new” toy and this cuts down on the toy clutter that sprawls all over the house.

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Add More Chores as Your Children Grow
My preschooler is capable of making her bed. It’s lumpy and bumpy, but she gets the job done. My toddler knows where to put his dirty laundry at the end of the day when he changes into his pajamas. Take a good look at what chores you are doing daily for your children and see if it’s something you are able to delegate. For example, allow your child to fill up and empty her backpack daily. Ask your children to bring their dirty dishes to the kitchen counter. Always be on the lookout for new opportunities as your children grow.

Our main goal with getting children to help with chores is to foster a sense of responsibility as well as learning what it means to cooperate with others. We emphasize being part of a team–our family–and that entails helping each other and taking care of the place where we gather together. This not only leads to a tidier home, but a peaceful home as well.

Do you have any favorite ways on including your kids in a house clean-up? Share yours in the comments below!

This article was written by Rachana Black, blogger at Life Ever Since, where she covers motherhood and family adventures. She is also recognized as an LG VIP Blogger.