Last month, I talked about the Benefits of Spring Cleaning. While I was thinking about adults when I wrote that, spring cleaning is just as beneficial for kids. While it tends to be a dreaded task for people of all ages, spring cleaning is a great opportunity to help your kids develop a good work ethic and to take ownership of their belongings. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be drudgery though!
Here are 3 tips to encourage your kids to help with spring cleaning!
1. Use a checklist.
My kids do so much better when the know what’s expected of them and what they need to do. This fun Super Hero Spring Cleaning Checklist is perfect for kids of all ages. I’ve even included labels so you can sort the items you want to donate, throw away, or sell.
2. Have the right tools for the job!
I have discovered that my kids are much more willing to help when they know exactly what to use to clean what. Since we made the switch to using Norwex products (they clean with just water), I know that I can ask them to clean anything without having to worry about chemicals or dangerous products. Plus, the kids LOVE the Norwex products and are way more willing to clean with them!
Here are the tools we use for cleaning at our house:
- Dusting Mitt: for basic dusting, also use wet for cleaning screens
- Envirowand: for dusting vents, light fixtures and more
- Envirowand and the Telescopic Mop Handle: for dusting ceiling fans and other hard to reach objects
- Kitchen Cloth: for kitchen countertops and more
- Window Cloth or Kids Window Cloth: for windows and mirrors
- Superior Mop Collection or Kids Mop Collection: for floors
- Bathroom Scrub Mitt: for bathroom sinks and tubs
- EnviroCloth: anything and everything (they work on all washable surfaces)
3. Use rewards!
Kids of all ages respond well to rewards. I know I certainly do! You don’t have to break the bank to reward your kids. Consider a trip to the Dollar Store or a gift card to Target. Suggest a family movie night complete with pizza and snacks. You can also purchase them something they’ve been saving for like a video game or a new toy.
Kids respond tremendously well to all types of rewards and only you can judge what rewards will properly motivate yours. Treat your kid to a reward and earn yourself an extra set of hands for spring cleaning.
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