Let’s face it, cleaning isn’t something that most of us enjoy.
It’s boring, it can take a lot of time (especially if you have kids), and it really is a never ending process. With little ones running around, you can clean one room and by the time you’re finished cleaning up the second, the kids have most likely destroyed the first again.
You could continue to spend all day cleaning, feeling like you’re getting no where or, you can get the whole family involved (yes! even the kids) and take back a little of your Saturday afternoon!
Whether your little ones are just starting to learn to clean up their own messes or have had their own chore list for a while, making clean up seem a little more fun and a little less like chores can really go a long way towards getting and keeping them involved and take a little bit of the load off of you!
While doing household chores and cleaning up may never be something that your children truly enjoy, those chores can teach them responsibility and crucial life skills that they’ll need later on in life as they grow and leave home. Making it fun while they’re young is a great way to get them involved and participating without spending all of your time nagging and arguing with them.
In fact, you’ll probably find that your toddler and preschool age children are already more than eager to help clean and find it fun already and who knows, with a few of these tips, cleaning may just seem a little bit more fun for you as well!
Make it a game!
What child doesn’t love games?! Seriously, you can make just about anything fun for your preschooler if you turn it into a game!
Need to get all of those books back onto the bookshelf? Who’s ready for a race? That mess gets cleaned up pretty quickly when you have two people racing to see who can get the most books on the bookshelf! Clean up any laundry that is lying around by shooting baskets into the laundry hamper.
Use fun language that you know your kids will enjoy. No matter what the chore, your little ones will be a whole lot more willing to help clean up if they are going on a mission to help the toys rather than just pick them up off of the floor.
Turn on some music!
How many times have you cranked up the radio before starting a cleaning spree? Your kids would love that!
Crank up the radio or turn up your iPod and get cleaning! When kids are having fun, they don’t particularly care too much about what they’re actually doing, so if you have stick a duster in their hands while they’re dancing around? Genius!
Make sure the chores are easy/age appropriate!
Now, that doesn’t mean that you should make the chores so easy that your child is done in a few seconds and doesn’t have to clean anymore, but make sure they’re not too difficult for their age group. In other words, don’t expect your preschooler to complete the same chores as your 10 year old 🙂
Make sure that each child has a set of chores that is age appropriate and that they can complete it in a reasonable amount of time. If you start your preschooler off with a chore that is going to take them half the day, getting them to cooperate is quickly going to become a challenge.
Give them fun, kid-sized tools!
You’d be amazed and what giving your child their own set of cleaning tools can do! Having their very own set of “tools” makes getting them to clean a breeze 🙂 Check out your local dollar store for small buckets and spray bottles that you can fill with water. Grab a little feather duster and a small sponge and you really will be in awe as to how much fun your child has.
Want to get them really excited? Grab some of the new Minion print Bounty paper towels!
If your kids are Despicable Me fans (who isn’t?!), they are going to have a blast with these! And I mean, who wouldn’t?! Look at these little guys 🙂
Just in time for the Minions movie to hit theaters on July 10, NEW Bounty Minions Prints is a fun and functional purchase for the whole family and they’re available now at a store near you!
Whether you’re cleaning the house or just cleaning up after dinner, these adorable Minions prints come in paper towel and napkin versions to make cleaning up messes more fun for everyone involved!
We’ve been trying the out in our house for the past few days and already the kids are in love 🙂 Wiping up their spot at the dinner table after they’re finished no longer takes 20 whining filled minutes. Little man in particular has to make sure he sees all of the pictures on his paper towel first but then he is more than happy to clean his space.
So, if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed with the amount of never ending housework you seem to have this summer, step back, take a break, and get the kids involved! They helped make the mess and they can help you clean it up 🙂