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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 My lil one loves helping to clean up i always find it useful to sing and make it fun. April 20, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I agree with the article, but easier said than done. We are working on cleaning up at the end of each day by making it apart of our routine, but our little one has more fun making a mess than cleaning it up. I will admit that she enjoys caring for our dog by reminding me to feed him, take him for a walk, & giving him a bath, so I guess chores can be fun for them :) April 13, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 by This article had some wonderful fresh ideas. Sometimes I think we get so caught up as parents in getting kids to clean, we forget to make it fun. These were great new ideas to add on to the old; race the clock, or sicker charts. I would like to add that I do wish this article used "parents" in place of moms. Dads do housework too! :) March 31, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 by this is so nice... i let my little girl help me with the laundry and she loves it, she hands me the cloths out of the hamper and i put it in the washer then i hand her them out the washer (when cloths are done) and she puts thm in the dryer its so helpful and she loves it... she also loves getting in the hamper afteri put the freshly cleaned cloths in there... lol December 29, 2012
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