Spring cleaning with your kids. Did your blood pressure just rise and your head shake “no!”??? Come read our tips for spring cleaning (or anytime cleaning) with kids. Make memories together while you get your house in tip-top shape!
More resources for getting and keeping your house clean: DIY Cleaning Binder Printables + Spring Cleaning Checklist – How to Create a Cleaning Schedule – Easy Spring Cleaning Tips for Outdoor Spaces
1. Work together
2. Make it a game
- Crown a Spring Cleaning Queen or King (with a dollar store crown) who gets to choose the next area to clean and give “orders”.
- If you can do it safely, put the kids on your shoulders to get the cobwebs from the corners and dust ceiling fans, molding above windows, or high shelves.
- As you purge a closet, play dress-up with your cast-offs. Kids love when parents dress up.
- If your kids handle competition well, race to get jobs done, emphasizing that the job must be done well to win. Make sure the kids win every once in a while.
3. Crank the tunes
Alternative: A good kids’ podcast! We love Circle Round Folktales and Tumble Science Podcasts for Kids
5. Make it special
7. Work in spurts
8. Remember, nothing is too small!
Don’t miss this: Editable Magnetic Chore Chart for Kids
9. Let them help purge toys and switch out clothes
- Set a goal for how many toys they need to get rid of (8 toys, or this box full) and agree that anything that’s broken must go.
- Divide their toys into piles: what they want to keep, what’s broken, and what they can give away.
- Talk it out.
- Remind kids that when donating toys, another child will be so happy to have a “new” toy, just like when the toy was new to your child.
- Explain how blessed they are to have such a large “keep” pile and point out all the fun they can have with those toys.
- Discuss the growth your child has made and what he or she has learned from the toys. Remind your kids that new toys will be wanted as they continue to grow and learn new things.
- Pair up gloves or mittens and winter socks.
- Help give the winter clothes a good wash. Kids can empty any pockets, zip up zippers, and check for rips or stains as well as add detergent to the washer or push the start button.
- Sort clothes into piles: what will still fit next year, what will be too small, what can be given away and what’s worn out or damaged. Apply the “talk it out” strategies (from above) if kids resist giving away/throwing out clothes.
- Fold the clean clothes and place them in a sturdy latching storage bin.
10. When motivation wanes….
- wiping fingerprints off a really dirty door (this would be the garage door in our house!)
- dusting decorations on a shelf that rarely gets noticed
- cleaning the glass on framed wall art
- washing the top of the refrigerator
- sorting books by size or color and putting them back on the shelf
Point out the huge difference their work made and thank them for helping your house look and smell and feel soooo nice!
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