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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 I make cleanup a game with my toddler. When I'm doing the dishes, she likes to get the stool out and help me, when I am vaccuming, she gets her vaccum out and also vaccumes, when she is picking up her toys, I pick up half and she picks up half, when she picks up her cards because we play match games with picture cards, I tell her I am going to beat her at picking them up first, so she tries faster and harder October 14, 2012
    Rated 0 out of 5 by okay cool thats sounds like good idea and fun for the kids August 13, 2012
    Rated 0 out of 5 by My kids love helping me clean. They pick up their toys and sing songs while were doing that. And laundry they love helping me put clothers in the washer and dryer. You just have to make cleaning fun. August 8, 2012
    Rated 0 out of 5 by This is a great article. My kids love to help me clean and we make a game out of it July 19, 2012
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