The weather is gorgeous today and while it’s a great time to get some simple spring cleaning done, it’s also a time to have some fun with the kids! And, a perfect opportunity to teach your kids the lessons of responsibility. Here is how to get help with spring cleaning the simple way!
It’s time to enlist the faithful presence of family members! From even the ages of 2 to 3, you can teach your kids to help around the house. My kids are double digits now, but when they were little, they had chores in the am when we got up. When I was growing up, my mother did everything for me. While she had a servant’s heart, I struggled to keep the house clean when I first got married. I don’t want that to happen to my kids.
How to get help with Spring Cleaning the Simple Way
So, I was determined to teach my kids how to take on household duties at a young age. When my kids were toddlers, they had a toy bin and put their toys in it before moving to the next room or area. While it wasn’t perfect, it kept my sanity in check. I took a minimalistic approach and got rid of toys quickly when they didn’t play with them. Plus, I rotated bins each week to keep them from losing interest.
You can get creative when it comes to little ones helping with simple spring cleaning. For example, all kids have stuff under their beds. You can ask your younger children to pull out all of the toys and junk under the bed and then sort them in ‘yes’ and ‘no’ piles. If your kids have a tendency to eat stuff on the floor, you might want to give them something else to do! Maybe you can consider giving them the task of putting everyone’s boots in a bag or container for attic storage later!
My daughter came up with this idea when she was little. She would get on her bathing suit, wet a bath towel with soap, and use that towel as a vehicle to clean the kitchen floor! It does mean you have to sweep the floor first, but it does work!
AGES 8 AND UP
When the kids are young under 8, make the tasks really simple so they accomplish a goal fairly quickly and feel proud of it. Give them a reward for outside play with mom, a popsicle, or a special trip to get ice cream for their efforts! Also, give them a break with each task assigned.
For older kids 8-10, a great task in the spring is pulling out all of their clothes and sorting them by their fit. If they are too small, put them in one bag. If they still fit but are winter, put them in another bag. Also, you can ask them to put in their spring clothes, folding them neatly in their appropriate drawer. Don’t forget to show them how to fold if you haven’t already done so. I’ve learned that mistake and have found clothes “folded” in a rather strange way!
For kids 10 and above, now is a great time to give them more difficult chores. They can hang up church clothes “slipped” into their drawer instead of the closet. While working on clothes, they can sort them in bags by donation, throw away or boxed up for the next sibling.
These tips are a great start on getting your kids involved in spring cleaning the simple way. It’s a win-win for both your kids and you! To make it easier for you mom, I created a printable that will jump-start your simple spring cleaning! Don’t wait too long to begin — Memorial Day will creep up on you and before you know it, swimming pools will be on your mind!
Until next time, my friends! Happy Spring Cleaning!