Don’t let that last little snowstorm fool you, spring is here and it’s time to start thinking about spring cleaning. I love my cleaning ladies to death. They come every other Monday and give this place exactly what it needs, a good scrub down. When the house is clean and tidy, I feel better about everything.
The house typically doesn’t stay clean for very long and we’ve got Andrew to blame (mostly.) He’s in that wonderful stage where he loves to dump everything in sight. But we’re also teaching him to clean up his messes, even if it means picking up 48 little cheddar goldfish off the kitchen floor.
Getting all the kids to help out can be tricky, so I’ve made a list of some useful tips that hopefully everyone can try as we begin to spring clean!
Spring Cleaning: How Kids Can Help
Believe it or not, even though Andrew is the best mess maker in town, he is also the best helper around the house. Once he turned two years old, he has always been eager to know what I’m doing around the house and how he can do it or help me. So always say yes to the help, even when they are two! It’s never too early!
Toddlers and Preschoolers:
- They can help switching over laundry
- They can help sort laundry (by colors, by items)
- They are obsessed with the dishwasher. Let them help load and unload. (This is Andrew’s favorite task in the kitchen) “I help me! I help me!”
- Switching over laundry from washer to dryer
- Loading and unloading washer and dryer
- Picking up their own messes with a damp paper towel
- Cleaning with a damp paper towel. Emily used to love doing this when she was small. She was very good at kitchen chairs.
- Picking up toys. Make it a game and make it fun. Sing a song while you do it, count the toys, etc. “Can you put away 5 red toys?”
School Aged Kids:
- Folding laundry
- Organizing socks
- Organizing shoe closet
- Putting laundry away (we need to work on this one)
- Time to teach them how to start the washing machine and the dryer – especially with these pods everyone is using!
- Assign one room to each child and see if they can handle cleaning it up. I always say a little healthy competition is good for them. My kids also like to divide and conquer when they clean up the family room. “Everyone pick up twenty things!” I catch them folding blankets, bringing dishes to the sink, putting shoes away, etc.”
- More serious help with the dishwasher – assign dishwasher duty to one child. Make it their daily responsibility to unload.
- Time to start wiping down surfaces – I have handed over responsibility of their bathroom to them! They are responsible for wiping down the counters daily and let’s not forget their number one duty – always flushing the toilet. UGH!
- Keeping their own room tidy
- Making the bed (I still need to work on this)
- Taking out the trash
- Bin duty on trash day
- Washing dishes
- Vacuuming (this is next on my list to teach my 10 year old).
No matter what age your kids are, it’s never too early to get them helping around the house. The more responsibilities they have and are held accountable for, the more care and attention they will likely give to the job because they won’t want to let anyone down. Assign some chores and see what happens. If this house of six is going to run smoothly, everyone needs to do their part. This is harder for the boys right now, but I’m not giving up on them either. Holding them accountable really does teach them about responsibility.
You too, can get everything you need for spring cleaning at Walmart. We are loving our Viva®, Scott® and Cottonelle® products – Granddad, you’re welcome. You know you’ve got good stuff when Tillerman tells you he likes our toilet paper. Only the best at the Stow house. We love our Viva® Vantage®!
Make Walmart your one-stop shop for all your spring cleaning needs. Plan ahead for the big deep cleaning now! Walmart has everything you need to make your house spic and span, if only for a few hours before they destroy it again.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Kimberly-Clark and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.