House cleaning may not be fun for a lot of people out there, but the truth is that involving every member of the family in the entire home cleaning process is extremely important.
How can you involve the young members of the family in cleaning tasks suitable for their age? We have gathered some great tips so make sure to read on if you want to find out more.
1. The kids can do a lot of things in their room (and around it) without getting hurt. If they are a bit older, they can very easily pull clean laundry from the basket and leave the dirty one in the dirty laundry basket. Also, they can easily pick up their toys and put them in a special basket you organize for them (make sure you teach them to do this at least once every day so that their room is maintained as organized as possible).
2. Also, kids can definitely wipe the surfaces and items they can reach. For instance, wiping the first shelves off the living room furniture is an easy task and if you leave your kids with a clean fiber cloth they will be safe. Wiping light switches, baseboards (by using baby wipes), door knobs and other similar items are also things the little ones can very easily handle.
3. When it comes to kitchen cleaning, there isn’t much very young children can help with. However, they can gather the crumbs and use a small broom and a dust pan to gather crumbs/dust that may have fallen on the floor.
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As they get older, you can task them to use the dish washer, to gather the breakable plates and, eventually, to hand wash dishes too.
4. If kids cannot do much around the kitchen (and you shouldn’t let them do much, as they can easily get hurt there), they can definitely help a lot in the laundry room. Leaving your children to sort out and pair up the socks, the underwear, the laundry by color and to empty out the laundry room trash could be some of the tasks they can handle too.
5. Children that are past their toddler age can also help you feed the pets as well. Simply show them how to pour water and how to refill the pets’ eating trays and they will be more than happy to help out.
6. If you need help fast with something and if you want your kids to help you, make sure you suggest that there’s a reward coming after they’re done (for instance, that you will allow them to play a game they like).
7. Also, creating chores charts is very useful because this way, you make sure everyone in the household is involved in the domestic cleaning activities and that nobody “misses” one of their task.
8. If you want your kids to be more proactive about the cleaning tasks you give them, allow them to pick the tasks themselves. Give them a chart and ask them to “sign” under the tasks they want. If you have more than one kid though, make sure that they get equally difficult tasks by emphasizing on the fact that everyone has to “work” equally.
9. Thank your children for having helped you.
While other types of rewards are definitely helpful, sometimes, nothing is best for a kid than some extra-attention from his/her parent!