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Can cleaning really be fun?

Take the drudgery out of housework by encouraging your kids to help. Check out this smart mom’s tidying tips guaranteed to bring some good clean fun.
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If you're one of those moms soldiering through the dirty dishes and clothes on your own, you might want to get your kids in on the act. If for no other reason than it will lessen your workload, teach them a bit of responsibility and you might actually have some fun in the process.

  1. Create supplies that are kid friendly

    According to The Maids Home Services, moms shouldn't expect their kids to use adult tools to clean. Instead, they offer some easy ways to assemble kid-friendly tool alternatives. Use an ice-cream pail for mopping chores or shorten an old mop handle or broom to make it kid-sized. Fill a squirt gun from a solution of a gallon of water and a drop of dish soap and let kids squirt windows and mirrors and wipe dry with paper towels. Moms can also cover kids' hands and arms with dad's old athletic socks, squirt the socks until lightly damp with an all-purpose cleaning solution, and send them off to dust around the house.

  2. Make cleaning a game

    To get their kids excited about cleaning, moms can give their kids grill tongs and challenge them to pick up toys and put them in a toy box or bin only using the utensils. Moms can keep score and see who wins! The Maids Home Services also advises moms to crank up some fun music to help their kids get their groove on as they boogie around the house cleaning.

  3. Create a reward system

    According to certified professional organizer Scott Roewer, president of Solutions by Scott, moms can encourage their kids to clean by offering a reward. Mr. Roewer suggests dropping beads in a jar for all tasks completed, and the child with the most beads in their jar during a specified time period earns a special privilege. Perhaps the child will get to choose the family's Friday night dinner or they'll get to stay up an hour longer on the weekend.

  4. Allow your children to choose what they want to clean

    Mr. Roewer advises moms to make a deck of cards (out of 3-inch by 5-inch index cards) and put chores on one side of the cards and decorate the other side for fun. Moms should also include some cards with sayings like "Get out of jail free" or "Day off for the queen" or "Sorry, draw again." Moms should then let their kids pull the cards out of a stack to determine their chore for the day.

  5. Let the little ones help sort and group

    Toddlers especially like sorting and grouping objects, says Mr. Roewer. Therefore moms should encourage them to take on tasks like sorting their own laundry into lights, darks, brights and whites, and helping empty the dishwasher.

  6. Clean with your kids

    Moms should ask their kids to help them instead of telling them to go clean up the living room, says Mr. Roewer. Moms can also use the time they're cleaning together as an opportunity to have a conversation with their child about their day or what's going on with their friends.

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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 37reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Since I hate cleaning I really enjoyed this article, I'm hoping my daughter won't have he same issues I have with cleaning. Growing up cleaning after a family of 6 was hard as a child and I don't went her to ever feel like I did about chores and housework. I want her to enjoy a clean home and do it because it needs to be done not because she's being punished or because her parents are too lazy to clean after themselves. December 23, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 by My toddler currently has her own way of cleaning. Basically wherever she is she will take the items and throw them either into her playpen when she's out of it, or out of the playpen when she's in it. She also throws things over the fence. Fortunately she's also slightly learned how to use this throwing skill to good use and puts her items in her toy boxes sometimes as well. I'm hoping as she gets older and gains the ability to listen better, I can use some of these other ideas to actually get her to want to help more. November 17, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I agree with the tip of having fun music going while you clean, it sure seems to do the trick at my house (in fact, it even gets the hubby involved too)! June 13, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 by its more easiler said then done. As im cleaning and picking up my son loves to make a mess were its already clean, but i have came to notice that when i start picking up clothes to go was he helps me by bring me his, and stats throwing things away in the trash when being told. May 2, 2013
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