Whether your family has set chores daily or has a cleaning day once a week, it’s important to get the whole family involved in keeping the house tidy. Getting kids to help with the housework may seem more like a chore than the actual cleaning task does so I wanted to share some of our favorite ways to get kids to help clean. Thanks to Dyson for sponsoring this post and making cleaning easier so I have more time to iron shirts (see the picture below lol).
1) Make it fun. Turn on some music and have a dance party while you clean. (This works best when the kids choose the music. You may hear more groans if mom or dad is in charge of the musical choices lol)
2) Make it a game. If you have more than one child you probably have discovered that everything can be turned into a competition. My boys love racing to see who can pick up an area first or who can be the first to put away 10 toys.
3) Take breaks. If you have a lot to clean I’ve found it best to take a break after a certain amount of time or after an area is clean. I tell the children ahead of time when they can take that break. Whether it’s a snack break or a break to watch a short television show, breaking a larger job into smaller chunks helps keep kids motivated.
4) Make a cleaning list. We all like the satisfaction we get when we cross something off a to-do list so a cleaning list is a must when it’s time to clean. For younger kids who can’t read you can use photos instead of words.
5) Provide kid friendly cleaning tools. If kids are going to help with the chores they need tools they can easily use. We like a small dustpan and hand held broom and wet rag for every day cleaning. The Dyson Small Ball™ vacuum is also another great tool the kids can use because it’s lightweight and easy to maneuver. The vacuum is also 30% quieter than their previous upright vacuum which is perfect for kids with auditory sensory issues.
6) End the cleaning time with a family activity. Nobody likes to clean but everyone will look forward to the reward of quality family time afterwards. Our family loves to have a game and movie night, complete with popcorn and treats, after a long day of cleaning. It’s even more fun when we can enjoy it in a room that is spotless.
What tips do you have for getting kids to help with the chores?