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.
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.