Slam Dunk Summer Tips: Routines, Tips and Tricks to Ease Summertime Transitions

Summer break is creeping up on us. Having kiddos home with downtime, activities and a looser structure to the day can take some adjustment for all parties. With that in mind, I am always on the hunt for shortcuts, tips and ideas that make the transition to having kids at home easier. Peruse all these ideas and tried and tested tips that we have implemented with success in our home. Make this summer your best one yet!

 

Summer Schedule Printable

Daily Checklist for Kids

Teach Your Kids How to Do Laundry

Boredom Buster Activity Kits for Kids

Quick Sanity Saver Tips for Moms

Organizing Snacks and Lunches to Encourage Independence

Summer Boredom Busters – No Screen Time Required

Organizing Art Supplies in a Caddy

Mealtime Cutlery Caddy

Cleaning with Kids and Printable Chore Cards

30+ Things Kids Can Clean

Put Together a Kids Cleaning Caddy

Preschool Cleaning Tasks

School Age Cleaning Tasks

Simple Chore and Reward System

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Get Organized for Summer with a FREE Summer 2017 Calendar

The last two years I’ve shared a free summer calendar and it’s been so popular that I had to share another one for you this summer!  I have a couple fun summer survival type posts planned for you in the next couple weeks – chore charts, activities, etc. but this is a great way to intentionally start off the summer.

We’ve been working on getting the summer schedule figured out at our house and since I know that I’m not only one trying to figure out the kids’ schedules, I thought I’d share a simple way to see everyone’s classes and activities at a glance. I print out two – one to determine what’s enough and what’s too much – like a pre-planning calendar.  Once I have that under control, I use the second one for keeping track for schedules all summer long. I find that laying it out at a glance is the best way to see what’s going to work and what won’t work for the summer.

 

I left a little room on the top, bottom, and margin of the sheet if you’d like to make a little key and color code the activities/kids.  I hope this is a helpful and useful tool as you lay out the summer and make the most of the next three glorious summer months!

Go here to download the free Summer 2017 Calendar printable

This is a FREE download, once you login and save your info, your account will save all of your printables for you and make it easy to save and keep your printables.  Don’t forget to check out my FREE PRINTABLES page too!

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Kids Cookie Challenge

If your kids are interested in cooking and baking and love the cooking competition shows, they’ll love this idea.  The concept is simple – a simple baking competition that even little kids can participate in.  You can make this as ‘top secret’ as you’d like to.  Secret ballots, numbered cookie trays, mixing cookies secretly or together.  Customize it for your kids!

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Make your favorite batch of chocolate chip cookie batter and leave out the chocolate chips.  Depending on the age of your kids, they can do the mixing or at least help.  I used the Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe in the King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion cookbook.  This recipe is pretty close.
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  2. Split the dough into 3-4 bowls (depending on how many participants you have).  I’ve found that 6-12 cookies per kid is a good number.  Check the yield of the cookie recipe to make sure you don’t need to double the recipe.
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  3. Put out bowls of mix-ins – we used crushed up Halloween candy but you can use different types of chocolate chips, nuts, coconut, dried fruit…
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  4. Let each child choose their own mix-ins and mix up their cookies.  You can have them do this one at a time, secretly or let them create together.
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    This is the fun part – let them create and concoct their secret recipe – it’s always fun to see what they come up with!
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  5. Scoop cookies on cookie sheets.  I scooped all the cookies so they were all the same size and less likely to be recognizable for the ‘contest’.
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  6. Label the trays – I just put a number on the parchment paper.  Bake the cookies.
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  7. Set up your judging stations.  I cut the cookies in fourths and numbered them.
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  8. Choose your winner!  Again, you can make this official or casual as you’d like, have fun with it.
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Even the youngest kids will enjoy this activity, it’s fun for all ages and a great way to have a tasty competition in the kitchen.

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Simple Ideas to Organize the Family for Summer

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Is summer in full swing in your house?  I’ve already fielded quite a few questions about organizing with kids this summer so I thought it would be a perfect time to share a couple things that work for us or things that we’re implementing right now.  With schedules calming down it’s nice to have a little structure in place and these methods successfully meet those needs.

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Use a calendar – I shared this free printable of Summer 2016 at-a-glance calendar last month.  If you haven’t grabbed it yet, grab it and fill in some important items for the summer.  If you’re looking to put together a homekeeping binder this summer (a great way to get organized), I recommend my Homekeeping Foundations Kit or joining Homekeeping Society.

Clothes Close-Up via Clean Mama

 

Get the kids involved and do a quick clean of closets following this simple method for organizing and maintaining them.  I detail kids closets in the post but you can apply the techniques and steps to your own closets and drawers.

Essentials for Getting the Kids Involved In Cleaning - free printables and tips that work! - Clean Mama

Need a little direction when it comes to cleaning with kids?  I’ve written quite a bit on the subject – go here to get started with age-appropriate tasks that kids can tackle right along with you!

small summer boredom busters

Put together a boredom busting bucket or basket – perfect for rainy days, quiet time, and just relaxing.  I put this together a month or so ago and my kids have pulled it out almost every day of summer break.  It’s been a big hit!

Keep Snacks in Bins to Keep them Organized via Clean Mama

Keep healthy snacks accessible.  I keep lots of fresh fruit and veggies washed and ready for snacking but we also have some snacks at the ready in the pantry as well.  This works great for grabbing something if we’re doing an impromptu outing, going to the pool, or if the kids just need a quick bite to eat.

Put together a couple totes, bags, or bins that will simplify some of your favorite summer activities – here are our favorites:

Put Together a S'mores Caddy via Clean Mama

S’mores Caddy – My kiddos love putting our s’mores caddy together every summer, this makes for a great Saturday evening at the fire pit.

The Perfect Picnic Bag via Clean Mama

The Perfect Picnic Bag – I love having a handful of picnic-ready supplies all packed up and ready to go, it makes it so simple to get out the door!

Gather School Supplies to Make a Homework Caddy

Art + School Supply Caddy – I usually put this together before school starts but we swap out some of the supplies for summer art projects and it works great!

Toys Out - Toys Put Away via Clean Mama

 

Practice One Task to Keep Your Home Clutter Free – it’s so simple but it can feel so difficult!  Take it out, and put it away.  Keep this in mind this summer and I bet you and your family will appreciate taking that little step to put things away.  It’s so simple but so hard to keep up with unless it’s a conscious decision.

WHAT’S ON YOUR LIST?  WHAT WOULD YOU ADD TO MAKE YOUR LIFE A LITTLE EASIER THIS SUMMER?

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Summer Boredom Busters : No Screen Required

Summer Boredom Busters - No Screen Required - Clean Mama

As the school year winds down I/we get really excited for the summer.  For me, I love the relaxed mornings, trips to the pool, a little vacation time, and less structure.  I also know that we need a couple boredom busters to carry us through the summer because everyone needs a little downtime/ rest time, right?  Best thing about this list?  It doesn’t require a screen, an outlet, or a cord – hooray!  You could re-purpose this for trips, things to do with a sitter, rewards for extra chores, etc.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • grab a basket, a bucket, a bag to gather your boredom busters – look for something that you have and can reuse.
  • collect existing coloring books, workbooks, and other resources that you already have around the house that you know your kids will enjoy during the summer.
  • add some new activities – I like to keep things in a couple categories to captivate the kiddos for an hour or so.  Art, strategy, brain exercises, tactile activities, puzzles….
  • put together the bucket or basket and HIDE IT until summer – it’ll be a great surprise when the ‘I’m bored’ comments start!

small summer boredom busters

These are all items that we have, have used, or have bought for the summer – I know you and your kids or grandkids, or friends’ kids will love them.  This list is best suited for the elementary-aged crowd, but there are definitely some preschool, pre-teen and early teen crossovers here as well.

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Kids go crazy for this fun book that contains 50 3-D models of creative and silly monsters. The pages are perforated and tabbed to make construction easier.  Papertoy Monster

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Star Wars meets paper airplanes. What’s not to love?  Star Wars Folded Flyers

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Step by step directions make paper airplane making easy and fun!  Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes

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This book is full of various brain games and puzzles to stump and challenge all minds.  Kids Big Book of Games

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This puzzle book is so fun! Various mazes, word games, visual and logic puzzles, and more will keep kids busy for hours.  Brainiest Insaniest Ultimate Puzzle Book

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Fun facts and challenges encourage kids to use their brains in new ways as they learn and solve puzzles.  National Geographic Kids Brain Games

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These intricate dot to dot puzzles range from 300 to 1400 dots. Intricate and challenging to encourage high level thinking skills.  Extreme Dot to Dot Animals

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Great for a variety of ages and skill levels, this book is full of fun and thought provoking problems that are sure to engage and challenge.  Word Winks

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Intricate color by number artwork that is ideal for building concentration and encouraging relaxation.  One for animal lovers : Color Counts: Animals

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And one that would be great on a road trip : Color Counts: Travel the USA

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The element of surprise in this coloring book makes it extra intriguing.  Mystery Mosaics: Book One

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Who doesn’t love a good maze? The details and twist and turns in this activity book make it extra fun. Extreme Mazes

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These simple but intriguing water toys are a blast from the past. Tomy Pelican Water Game

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Tomy Dolphin Water Game

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Encourage higher level thinking with this ingenious puzzle cube. ThinkFun Adams Cube

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This gravity powered logic maze is wonderfully versatile for various ages and skill levels.  Gravity Maze

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Encourage spatial thinking and logic with this addictive and challenging game. Rush Hour

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Mesmerizing and challenging, this three dimensional maze is fun for any age. Perplexus Epic

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And of course there needs to be one for me – The Inspired Room Coloring Book – it comes out July 1st, just in time for some lazy summer day coloring 🙂

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Have any other favorites to add?  Here are a couple more posts that might help you get through the summer!

Kid-Friendly Cleaning Caddy + DIY Cleaning Spray via Clean Mama

Simple Chore Chart and Reward System Your Kids Will Love via Clean Mama

How to Organize Snacks + Lunches via Clean Mama

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Clean Mama’s Favorite Things Gift Guides

I LOVE gift guides – sometimes I get my best gift ideas from looking at gift guides during holiday season.  I’m hoping you like them too!  I’ve rounded up a handful of my favorites in 3 categories – cleaning/homekeeping, organizing, and kids.  Each item is something that we use in our home and love and most importantly something that won’t turn into clutter in a couple weeks.

All of these links are on Amazon and I will receive a small percentage of the sale if you click on the link – rest assured, the link doesn’t cost you anything AND these are all products that I love and wholeheartedly recommend!

Favorite Things for Homekeeping

Clean Mama's Gift Guide for Homekeeping

  1. My book 😉 – The Organically Clean Home
  2. My favorite vacuum – Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Plus Allergy
  3. I love this refillable mop – Leifheit Spray Mop
  4. This is my favorite kitchen sink tool – OXO Steel Soap Dispensing Dish Brush
  5. My favorite duster – Full Circle Dust Whisperer
  6. Of course!  Martha’s Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook
  7. This is a must-have book for homekeeping – Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House
  8. This glass cleaner is great – perfect for those holiday parties – Full Circle Crystal Clear Glass Cleaner
  9. My favorite cordless vacuum – Dyson V6 Cordless Vacuum
  10. I’ve been using this white Fiesta Bread Tray for years on my kitchen counters for soap and counter spray – love it!

Favorite things for organizing

Clean Mama's Gift Guide for Organizing

 

  1. This is great for storing photos – IRIS Photo + Craft Keeper
  2. I love this tote for any mobile office-ing – Jamie Raquel File Tote
  3. My favorite clipboard!  Recycled Aluminum Clipboard
  4. Pre-order this book from my dear friend Toni for yourself for after Christmas 😉  – The Complete Book of Home Organization
  5. If you don’t have a label maker, this is a great one – Dymo LabelManager
  6. This is probably my favorite practical organizing book – What’s a Disorganized Person to Do?
  7. This is the printer I use – I love it!  Epson Workforce Wireless
  8. This is a great travel case – MKT Oxford Fabric Laptop Notebook Case
  9. My favorite planner and printable pens – Staedtler Triples Fineliner Pens
  10. I love this wall calendar – Paint Chip Wall Calendar

Favorite things for the kids

Clean Mama's Gift Guide for Kids

  1. These are probably one of my kids’ all-time favorite toys – Magformers Magnetic Building Construction Set
  2. Need fun family game that’s quick?  Qwixx is perfect!
  3. The National Geographic Kids Almanacs are always a favorite for the kids – 2016 Almanac
  4. Have you seen these?  So fun! – Snap Circuits
  5. All Natural Soaps Science Kit – super fun!
  6. Sequence is a family favorite game for all ages – it’s timeless!
  7. Play-Doh – while it may be messy it’s totally worth the mess (in my opinion)
  8. I love these coloring books for older kids – Secret Garden : An Inky Treasure and Coloring Book
  9. and of course the National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia is another favorite gift to give
  10. Mad Libs are always a fun choice – Happily Ever Mad Libs
  11. Ticket to Ride is another great family game – perfect for upper elementary – adult!
  12. I love these kits for girls –  Kiss Naturals DIY Lip Balm Making Kit
  13. Classics from Richard Scarry are always a hit – this one is great:  What Do People Do All Day?

I haven’t started Christmas shopping, but doing this post is getting me excited!  How about you?  Have you started shopping yet?

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Chores and Responsibilities for the School-Aged Child + FREE Printables

Chores and Responsibilities for the School-Aged Child via Clean Mama

As a mom to three children, two elementary age and one preschool, I can firsthand testify that our home runs more smoothly when everyone pitches in. As children grow older, their ability to contribute to household tasks and chores increases as well.  If you haven’t included your children in tasks around the home or if you’re struggling to come up with age-appropriate tasks, you’ll love this post!

I recently featured a post full of all sorts of age appropriate, helpful tasks that the preschool age child can help with. Today I am featuring tasks and chores that are geared toward the elementary and up aged child. You will notice that quite a few of the tasks are similar to the preschool tasks with a twist, like not just matching socks and folding hand towels, but folding an entire load of laundry.

As you go through these tasks and determine what work for your child and household, keep in mind that there is a developmental difference between a young elementary aged child and an older child in middle school. While you may not expect your first grader to roll the garbage and recycling to the curb, it is certainly an appropriate task for a sixth grader. Pick and choose what is appropriate for your child or children and watch your home run that much more smoothly when you delegate tasks and chores.

Household Chores

  • wipe baseboards/cupboards
  • help sort laundry into whites and brights/darks
  • help start and switch laundry loads
  • help fold laundry
  • help put away clean clothes
  • clean windows with damp microfiber cloth
  • pick up toys and activities, put books in bookshelf
  • help unload groceries
  • water plants
  • take care of pets
  • gather garbage
  • take garbage and recycling to the curb
  • get mail
  • dust surfaces
  • sweep floors
  • vacuum corners and edges along baseboards
  • vacuum floors using a lightweight upright
  • clean clutter from bathroom counter
  • wipe bathroom counter with dampened microfiber cloth
  • wipe doorknobs and switch plates

Morning/Evening Chores

  • brush teeth
  • brush hair
  • wipe face with a warm, wet washcloth after eating
  • make bed- pull up comforter/duvet and flat sheet up and put pillow at the top
  • put dirty clothes and pajamas in clothes basket
  • get dressed in the morning and pajamas in the evening

Mealtime Chores

  • simple mealtime prep help
  • pour beverages
  • set table with plates, glasses, napkins and appropriate silverware
  • bring dirty dishes to sink when done eating
  • put away leftovers
  • rinse dishes before loading in to dishwasher
  • load dishwasher (remove knives and sharp utensils until age appropriate)
  • dry and put away dishes
  • wipe down table
  • sweep up crumbs using a small dustpan and broom or handheld vacuum

How about some FREE printables to make implementing responsibilities for school-aged children a little easier?  I made 2 different simple chore charts and I also put the chores and responsibilities that I listed on a free printable.  Grab the zip file with all 3 free printables here and save and print what you will use and get your child(ren) started with some simple and do-able responsibilities.

Free Chore Printables for School Aged Children via Clean Mama

Here are a  few more ideas to encourage cleaning up – click on the images to go straight to the posts.

Chores + Responsibilities for the Preschool Child via Clean Mama

Tools for Cleaning With Kids via Clean Mama

Simple Chore Chart and Reward System Your Kids Will Love via Clean Mama

30 plus things your kids can help clean - a room by room guide for the home via Clean Mama

 

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If you like these FREE printables you’ll love my HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY and the organizing printables in my shop!

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!

Clean Mama's Simple Summer Challenge via Clean Mama

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Chores and Responsibilities for the Preschool Child + FREE Printables

Chores + Responsibilities for the Preschool Child via Clean Mama

It is a question that I receive often – how do I get my kids involved in cleaning? Just what chores are appropriate for their age?  With three kids of my own, two elementary aged and one preschooler, I feel as though I have honed in on just what to expect for a variety of ages. Today I am covering the preschool age group while the older kids will be covered next week.

Preschoolers are eager helpers and it’s hard to figure out just how to best harness their enthusiasm while giving them tasks that are actually useful. Depending upon the age and maturity of your child, there is a large variety of tasks that can be expected and accomplished by this age group. With this age group, modeling is especially important. For example, show them just how to dampen a washcloth and wring it out to wipe their face and hands or how to set the table appropriately with plates in the center and silverware on the left or right side. It will probably take more than one time for them to have it up to your expectations, so have patience as they learn the proper technique.

While not every child or age can be expected to complete every task in the list below, pick ones that fit your child or children’s age and maturity as well as your needs. After deciding ones that are good fits, use the blank list included in today’s download in order to make a checklist of sorts for your family.

With a little teaching and modeling, you will be surprised at just what your child is capable of.  Every little bit of help counts!

Household Chores

• wipe baseboards/cupboards with baby wipes
• help fold laundry- match socks, fold dishcloths and hand towels
• help sort laundry into whites and brights/darks
• help put away clean clothes
• clean windows with damp microfiber cloth
• pick up toys, put books in bookshelf
• help unload groceries
• water plants
• gather garbage
• vacuum corners and edges along baseboards
• wipe bathroom counter with dampened microfiber cloth
• dust lower shelves and items
• wipe doorknobs and switch plates

Morning/Evening Chores

• brush teeth
• brush hair
• wipe face with a warm, wet washcloth after eating
• make bed- pull up comforter/duvet and put pillow at the top
• put dirty clothes and pajamas in clothes basket
• get dressed in the morning and pajamas in the evening

Mealtime Chores

• set table with plates, napkins and appropriate silverware
• bring dirty dishes to sink when done eating
• wipe down table
• sweep up crumbs using a small dustpan and broom or handheld vacuum

How about some FREE printables to make implementing responsibilities for preschoolers a little easier?  I made 3 different colors of a simple chore chart and I also put the chores and responsibilities that I listed on a free printable.  Grab the zip file with all 4 free printables here and save and print what you will use and get your preschooler started with some simple and do-able responsibilities.

Free Chore Printables for the Preschool Child via Clean Mama

Here are a  couple more ideas to encourage cleaning up – click on the images to go straight to the posts.

Tools for Cleaning With Kids via Clean Mama

Simple Chore Chart and Reward System Your Kids Will Love via Clean Mama

30 plus things your kids can help clean - a room by room guide for the home via Clean Mama

 

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If you like these FREE printables you’ll love my HOMEKEEPING SOCIETY and the organizing printables in my shop!

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!

Clean Mama's Simple Summer Challenge via Clean Mama

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Kid-Friendly Cleaning Caddy + DIY Cleaning Spray

Kid-Friendly Cleaning Caddy + DIY Cleaning Spray via Clean Mama

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.

Kid Friendly Cleaning Caddy via Clean Mama

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
  • dust
  • 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.)

Tools for Cleaning With Kids via Clean Mama

KIDS’ CLEANING SUPPLY SUGGESTIONS:

  • microfiber and/or cleaning cloths
  • sponge
  • 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

 

Kid Safe Cleaning Spray Recipe via Clean Mama

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.)

DIY Cleaning Spray via Clean Mama

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.

Simple Chore Chart and Reward System Your Kids Will Love via Clean Mama

 

Clean Mama's Simple Summer Challenge via Clean MamaThis 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!

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Simple Chore and Reward System Your Kids Will Love + Free Printables

Simple Chore Chart and Reward System Your Kids Will Love via Clean Mama

The first week of summer break brings to light the need for a little structure around our house.  I’ve been using a new to us system for tasks and chores around the house with my older kids and it’s been really motivating for them, so I thought it might help some of you too.  I’m a big proponent of kids helping out around the house and keeping a little chore list or chore chart from an early age.  My kids have always enjoyed the motivation that the chore charts provide as well as knowing that they are contributing to the household.  It’s a huge help for me and it will definitely help them as they get older and take on more and more responsibilities.  If you’re struggling to find a system or method that works for your kids as the novelty of summer break wears off, read on to see what we’re doing around our house this summer.

Note:  My two older kids are 6 and 8 – they are completely capable of completing the tasks that I set up for them.  Please consider your child(ren)’s age and ability level when using this and any method at your home. 

Here’s how it works:

Kids wake up and come down for breakfast.  After we eat a leisurely breakfast they head back upstairs to work through their chore chart.  Chores are completed, stickers are placed on the chart, and we go about our day.  If it’s a quiet day and we aren’t heading out right away, they can choose an extra chore.  When the kids are doing their tasks the littlest one is typically following them around and I am cleaning up the kitchen and doing my daily cleaning routine.  It’s a nice little ritual and it takes about 15-30 minutes from start to finish for us all to get our little tasks accomplished and then we continue on with our day.  It’s a great system for us.

Daily Tasks Chore Chart via Clean MamaWe brainstormed together about which tasks to add to the list – these are tasks that are easily forgotten or that they need to be reminded of.  Brush teeth, make bed, tidy room, put away dirty clothes, pick up toys, set the table, sweep under the table all made the list.

Daily Task Chart: Each child has a task chart on the back of their bedroom door and they are responsible for reading the chore, completing it and adding a sticker to show that each chore has been completed.  There is space for them to write their name at the top of the page too.  The ‘extras’ on each week are where they place stickers from the chore jar’s completed tasks.

Daily Tasks on the Back of a Bedroom Door via Clean Mama

Pick a Chore Jar:  If my kids want to earn extra money (25 cents/chore) they can choose a chore from the chore jar.  These are simple 10-15 minute tasks that are extremely helpful for me and that they enjoy completing.  If someone is bored or complaining that there is nothing to do, they ‘get to’ complete one of these tasks but they will not earn the extra chore sticker or extra money.

Pick a Chore Jar via Clean Mama

I found these colorful tongue depressers/chore sticks at our local ‘teacher store’ and used a Sharpie marker to write the chores on each stick.  Here are the tasks that I put in the jar – the kids helped me come up with their list:

Chore Sticks via Clean Mama

Allowance:  All the chores have to be completed to get the weekly allowance ($2).  They can add up the extra chores themselves and tell us how much they earned.  The money they earn is theirs:  they can give, save, and spend.  This is the first summer that we’re instituting an allowance – it’s not necessary but it’s motivating for them and also great for teaching them about working, earning, and managing money.

Want to try this for yourself?  Here are a couple free printables – I made an aqua and a blue version – you can choose pre-filled with the same chores my kids complete or blank and write in your own.  Happy daily task and chore charting!  If you want a cute little picture based chart for kids, I also have a great cleaning checklist for kids.

Free Printable Chore Charts via Clean Mama

Download the zip file (all the files are included) of the free daily tasks charts here in my shop or here on googledocs.

If you like these printables, you’ll love my shop, Clean Mama Printables!

 

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Shop Update – Back to School Coupon Code

I can’t believe it’s August already!  If you are starting to think about school starting in the next few weeks you might be interested in a few kits in my shop.  Printables are great organizational tools when they are implemented and used.

The Teacher's Planning Kit - Clean Mama Printables

Any teachers out there?  The Teacher’s Planning Kit is completely updated and includes 12 documents perfect for classroom teachers.  As a former teacher, I designed this kit with you in mind!

The Teacher's Planning Kit - Clean Mama Printables

Check out these other ‘back to school’ kits – great for starting your year off right!

school days kit - clean mama printables

The School Days Kit has  the tools essential to getting your kids out the door and off to a successful start, complete with simple communication tools for parents and children.

The Exceptional Child Kit - clean mama printables

The Exceptional Child Kit is the perfect solution for keeping track of goals, appointments, conversations with professionals, insurance companies, and school personnel for your exceptional child.

How about a little coupon code to go with the back to school frenzy?  Use it for these products or anything in the shop!

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