6 Effective House Cleaning Tips and Tricks with Kids That Everyone Should Know
Cleaning the house with your kids running back and forth (almost endlessly) can surely stress the life out of you. You might be thinking that with them around, cleaning and organizing things up is close to impossible.
Fortunately, there are few tricks and tips that can make cleaning with kids easy and less stressful. These tips can even encourage your little children to take part in home cleaning chores. Check out some of the most effective ones below.
Set a reasonable expectation.
Before doing the cleaning process with your kids, make sure that your expectations are set in a reasonable level. Don’t expect it to be a fluid and flawless process. Kids will be kids so no matter how hard you tried to teach them the right way of cleaning. Just like the famous quote says, expect the worst and hope for the best.
Give your kids easy task that they can do
Don’t give them any tasks that are quite inappropriate for their age. For example, if they are around 3 and 4 years old, asking them to clean up their toys is enough. Just make sure to give them the exact direction and instruction that they can easily follow.
Show how things are done
Be a role model. Let your kids see how you wanted things always organized and tidy. Once they witness how much you value cleanliness and orderliness around the house, quite sure that they will do the same as they grow up.
Take baby steps
It all starts with small steps until your kids become cooperative with your cleaning journey and process. Talk to them and tell them the pros and cons of a clean room or surrounding. Just make sure that speak to them in a manner that they can easily understand.
Always have fun
Allow kids to have fun while they help clean out the house. Keep them entertained and engaged so they won’t get bored (easily) while doing their task.
Show encouragement and support
Always express and show encouragement to your kids as they do their cleaning task. Tell them how proud you are and how great they are with what they do/did. This can give them extra or enough reason to continue doing the task without any problems or even tantrums.
These tips can surely help you make your house clean and tidy even with little kids at home. If you have more to add in this list, please let us know about it via the comment section.
Good tips here. I’m hoping that whenever I have kids, the house won’t always be a mess :).
Always having fun is such a good one! I definitely like putting on music, jammin, and cleaning at the same time. 🙂
Great tips for keeping a clean house! I’ll keep these in mind for the future.
I agree it can stress you out! I have a one year old that is really helpful. She wants to help but many times the tasks are too hard for her. But we are working it out. She is getting her own cleaning tools from Santa!
I’m lucky to have kids who are great helpers with the right motivation. Our family room is looking great so they can show off the holiday tree 🙂
I love the idea of getting kids involved early! They usually don’t put up a fight as much when they’re younger 😉
I think showing them how it’s done is so important. Kids learn by example.
Great tips…except you left out the bribery and begging. I found flashing Pokemon cards does the trick nicely. Will have to try these next. 😉
great tips haha ill surely do this when my child grows up
Making chores fun is the easiest way to ensure compliance. When we were kids, my parents always held a “raffle draw.” My dad had a black cloth pouch containing ping pong balls with a name written on each one. He’d announce a chore and pick a ball. Whoever “wins” will be assigned that chore for the week. For a job well done, we would get rewards!
Getting kids to help is like pulling teeth. I don’t give them a choice. LOL.
It can be a challenge. Kids do carry good cleaning habits along with them when they grow up though. I have seen that with my kids.
I set a daily task list and we all do our bit, not always smooth, yet just right. Perfection is an ideal we all cant get to, so we make do with Getting things done in the right time 🙂
Cleaning should be a chore that the whole family does and it’s good to make it fun for the kids! I think these are great suggestions!
Making chores fun is always a good idea when you want the kids to help around the house.