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Spring Cleaning with Kids and a Printable Checklist

We all know that a checklist can make it easier to get stuff done. If you have children, you may not think a lot about the chores they can do. However, children are able to do so much more than you realize. Obviously, the age of the child will determine what they can do. I’ve compiled a Spring Cleaning checklist to make it easier for you to assign chores to your children. But, first, let’s take a closer look at what you should know about kids and spring cleaning.

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Kids cleaning floors

Why Kids Should Clean

Cleaning will actually let your children feel more grown up. For example, little kids love to help with anything because they want to mimic their parents. Cleaning also gives your children a sense of responsibility. For example, it might be their responsibility to keep the living room clean. Teach them to be proud of their clean space and they will be more apt to keep it clean. More importantly though, teaching your kids to clean will help them keep their own homes spic and span in the future.

When Kids Can Start Cleaning

Even toddlers can help with cleaning. It might be something simple like folding washcloths, but they’ll love being involved. The exact age of your children will determine what they can do. For example, you shouldn’t let your kids clean with cleaning products until they’re old enough to know that they’re dangerous and should be used with caution.

Chores Kids Can Do

There are so many chores your kids can do. In the Spring Cleaning Checklist for Kids I’ve provided, you’ll get a better idea of what your kids can do. The first time your kids go through the checklist, make it feel like a game. For example, cut the checklist into sections and give each child a room to work on. The first child to do all their chores, and do them well, will win a small prize. You could also go through the list when your children and everyone work together to get the job done. Your younger kids can do anything that involves taking things from one room to the other. For example, on the list is mentions taking dirty bedding to the laundry. This is a great chore for your little kids. You can start teaching kids to mop when they are around 8 or 9, but you need to keep in mind that you may have to go behind them because they are new to it.

Don’t make the mistake of doing all the cleaning around your home. You want your children to learn how to clean so that they can keep their own homes clean as adults. Cleaning teaches children to be responsible, allows them to feel included, and gives them a sense of accomplishment when they’re done. Remember that toddlers can even help with small things like folding laundry or taking dirty bedding to the laundry room. Be sure to print out the Spring Cleaning Checklist for Kids so that you can assign tasks to your children based on their ages.

Click on the photo below to print the PDF!

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Spring Cleaning Checklist for Kids

Happy Spring Cleaning!

Lyne Proulx
Lyne Proulxhttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne Proulx is a Certified WEBB Bodywork Pet Practitioner, Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. She loves all things Disney and is an avid teaholic and chocoholic. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. I think this is great because getting kids to help teaches them about responsibility but it also gives them a feeling of doing a great job and a sense of accomplishment for getting the stuff done and hopefully they like the feeling and it carries through their life.
    I always liked how my room looked just by making my bed but I might alone in that ! Lol

    Great List!!!!!!

  2. I think it’s great to get kids used to chores, and there’s always ways to make it more fun like making up games or playing some music.

  3. Having a checklist is a great way to give children a sense of accomplishment. We do this for dinner prep & clean up chores. I’m hoping the spring list-bedroom section will be especially effective/motivating for my daughter to work on her room!:)

  4. It’s a great idea to get the kids involved in cleaning. I remember being shocked when a friend’s husband asked their son to get him a bottle of beer. Then I saw the beaming face of his son as he handed his dad a beer. That little man was so proud of having helped his dad and that’s what teaching kids to clean is about too. A sense of pride in a job well done applies to so many things.

  5. I also have a list, but as my kids far apart age wise I have age-specific charts. I can see a few things on your list that my younger ones should manage, I’ll be sure to add them on to mine!


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