With summer upon us, structure and routines change. In our house, the kids are responsible at an early age (I start with simple tasks at 2 years old) for tasks and chores around the house. It’s helpful for me, teaches responsibility, and keeps the nagging away. With my cleaning routine I am doing a little bit of cleaning every day and I integrate that into the kids’ days as well. We all do a little bit every day and it really is just a couple minutes to complete a couple simple tasks. I have a couple tactics that I utilize with my kids (9, 7, and 3) and today I’m sharing one of my favorites – keep an eye out for more to come through the month.
I have found that keeping a little cleaning caddy in the mud room for the kids to use is helpful. I keep it stocked with kid-friendly supplies so we can clean together and learn a little bit at the same time. Here are the most-used and fought over supplies in the kids’ cleaning caddy.
Want to teach your kids how to help around the house with daily tasks and chores? Make it EASY and FUN for them to help out! Keep the tasks simple and age-appropriate for your house. This cleaning caddy can be used daily or weekly, depending on what works for your family and schedule.
Need some ideas for what kids can do to help out around the house? Here are a couple ideas to get you started:
- make beds
- fold and put away clothes
- wipe baseboards, door handles, light switches (baby wipes are great for this!)
- dust surfaces
- wipe windows and mirrors
- take out garbage
- wipe counters
- wipe kitchen table
- sweep under kitchen table
- tidy up bedroom
- wipe bathroom counter and sink
- sweep/vacuum floors
(Obviously, you know your children and know what they can/cannot do on this list, this is merely a suggestion and starting point. Please use care to provide non-toxic cleaners or water in a spray bottle for your children.)
KIDS’ CLEANING SUPPLY SUGGESTIONS:
- microfiber and/or cleaning cloths
- baby wipes – great for baseboards and door knobs
- small dusting wand – Target has the white ones
- hand vacuum – I turn my stick/floor vacuum into a hand vacuum for the kids
- mini broom with dust pan
- water or non-toxic cleaner in a spray bottle (keep reading for my favorite DIY recipe)
- small cleaning caddy – the one pictured is from Target – it’s a silverware caddy
Want to make a Kid-Safe Cleaning Spray that works and is safe for your kids to use? Try this simple mixture:
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 20 drops essential oils – My kids’ favorite mix is 10 drops of lemon and 10 drops of orange.
Pour into a spray bottle with funnel. Attach spray top, shake to combine and use as you would any all-purpose cleaner. (Not to be used on granite and marble; the acid in vinegar will etch the surface.)
If you like this DIY recipe, you’ll love my book, The Organically Clean Home!
Here’s another way to encourage cleaning up – click on the image.
This post is part of my SIMPLE SUMMER CHALLENGE – throughout the month I’m sharing ways to keep up with routines while having lots of fun in the process. Go here to see the introduction post, and here to see all the posts in this series. Make sure you’re following me on Instagram for more on this summer challenge!