We got a lot of questions about How to include kids in cleaning and decluttering. It is good to include the kids in cleaning – not only does it teach responsibility but teaches them great life skills. We know that it can be difficult to know just the right way to teach these skills without feeling like I’m nagging all the time and for the kids to feel like they’re contributing to the family. The goal for us is to instil a good work ethic, teach How to clean, and feel the satisfaction of a job well done.
Build habits, not clean rooms
Think about little habits that your kids can work on over time and build on. These little habits will lead to clean rooms – eventually. If you concentrate on the clean room, you’re missing out on the little habits.
Here are the steps to follow: grab a garbage bag and toss everything toss-able, wash sheets, gather dirty laundry and throw in the washer/dryer, tidy up the room, make bed, put away laundry, and vacuum.
It will took a little more to work on this together but the room will probably stay more time clean than usual. Simply just because the kids needed to put effort in 🙂
Give them their own supplies
Putting kid-safe cleaning supplies in a caddy or a bucket gives them the tools they need to help you.
This works for kids of all ages – having supplies at the ready makes it easier to grab and clean. A duster, simple cleaning solution (even just water for the youngest helpers works!), scrub, soap, a scrub brush are all simple and easy tools for cleaning.
Show don’t tell
This is something what can be super helpful when it comes to any task you will try to teach. If you take the time to show how to do something, the end result you’re looking for, probably comes much more quickly than if just ’tell’ them how to do something.
The showing, taking the time, and helping through the process is when the idea really sinks in. Depending on the age, it’s helpful to walk them through a task multiple times, and a check list could be a big help. Because then it’s not us doing the telling, it’s the list that’s keeping them on task.