Todays post is sponsored by Kimberly-Clark and The Motherhood. All opinions and spring cleaning tips are mine alone. #SpringClean16 #Walmart
As a homeschooling family and parents who both work from home, you can imagine that I probably spend a good few hours in my day cleaning up after 2 little girls and my hubby. Well, spring is finally here and that means it’s time for some serious cleaning to be done in our home, but I’m not planning to do it all alone! Oh, no! I’m making sure that everyone in the house is helping out, so today I want to share my 5 Tips To Get The Kids Involved In Spring Cleaning. I guarantee that they will appreciate you more!
5 Tips To Get The Kids Involved In Spring Cleaning
My girls love to help around the house, but the problem is that the enthusiasm doesn’t last very long. That’s why I have to be smart when getting my girls to help clean and do chores, especially during spring cleaning.
Spring cleaning is a bit different, this requires planning, shopping, and an entire day devoted to just cleaning and organizing the home. It’s a big task and it’s one that I don’t plan on doing alone! Start a list or print out the one below to help you during your shopping!
First things first, heading to the store with the girls to pick up any supplies needed for a good clean! We headed to our local Walmart store where I know that I will be able to pick up everything that I need starting with Viva® Bill Roll Paper Towels, Cottonelle®, and Scott® 1000 bathroom rolls to get our spring cleaning on a roll (literally) and hopefully get my girls on board!
Tip 1: Get The Kids Involved
Kids don’t understand how important it is to keep the home clean and how spring cleaning is the perfect time to get this started. Allow your kiddos to tag along while you go shopping for everything needed to clean your home. Allow them to pick products with you and even make it into a game, like I Spy! As we are going down the paper roll isle I tell my girls “I’m looking for something I use to clean and it begins with the letter V”, they then go up and down the isles looking for the product until they find Viva® paper towels! Whoever finds it and brings it to me first gets a point. At the end of the shopping spree they both get to pick something from the $1 section and the person with the most points gets to choose 3 songs they want played during cleaning time (more about that later).
Tip 2: Create Non Chemical Based Cleaners
One of the things that I hear parents tell me all the time is that they don’t want their kids cleaning, because they don’t want them to come in contact with chemicals. I completely understand and agree! That’s why I create my own non chemical based cleaners that I allow my girls to use to wipe tables, chairs, and windows.
Tip 3: Turn Up The Music
Seriously, how can you clean without busting out the music!? Not me that’s for sure! Now this is when tip one comes into play, whoever got the most points while shopping for cleaning supplies gets to pick 3 songs to be played during cleaning. My girls love this, because they both have different taste in music. While my 4 year old would choose Disney anything, my 6 year old would want Katy Perry on.
In between breaks do a little dance off. Making it fun and enjoyable will make your kids want to help out more often when they hear the music being cranked up!
Tip 4: Create Cleaning Essential Baskets For Each Child
My girls love to have their own things, so I create special cleaning caddy’s for them. Depending on what chores they are doing I fill their caddy with those essentials like Viva® and Scott® 1000 paper towel products.
Whoever is doing windows and mirrors will get Viva® paper towel products and Cottonelle® Toilet Paper or Scott® 1000 to refill the bathrooms while they clean mirrors. On the other hand if they are cleaning tables, counters, and chairs they will get Scott® paper products.
You can create any type of cleaning caddy for your kiddos, the idea is to get them excited about having their own supplies.
Tip 5: Positive Re-enforcement
With anything that we do with our kids I believe that positive re-enforcement is as important. After a long day of spring cleaning why not have a special treat after dinner or even watch a family movie before bed. You don’t have to go out of your way or spend money, just a simple token that shows them how appreciative you are that they got involved and helped out.
I can guarantee that your kiddos will be wanting to do spring cleaning all year long! Happy Spring!
How do you get the kids involved during Spring Cleaning?