The following post is from Becky of Clean Mama
It”™s the end of the school year and summer is just around the corner. Why not take a little time this Mother”™s Day week to think of ways that you can involve the little family members in some daily tasks around the house. It”™s a little gift for you! Letting up a little on expectations and control, you”™ll gain so much more ”“ independent children, less tasks for just you to complete and most importantly, children that know the importance of contribution and responsibility.
- Make beds. I have a fitted sheet on the kids”™ beds and a washable quilt ”“ this makes it easy for them to pull the quilt up and make their own beds)
- Put clothes away from laundry basket as they are able and dirty clothes in the dirty clothes basket.
- Put toys away. In the morning and evening works well for us to avoid being overwhelmed by the toy pick up. I remind them before a special activity (screen time, snack time, friend time).
- Wipe down counters (a microfiber rag and water cleans up toothpaste and other spills).
- Older children can spray and wipe mirrors (with non-toxic cleaner, of course).
- Refills. Let the kids be in charge of toilet paper and tissues
- Collect garbage.
- Wipe baseboards with baby wipes.
- Wipe light switches and door knobs.
- Pick up toys.
- Load and unload silverware and plastics, when younger and then adding breakable dishware as kids get older.
- Set the table.
- Clear plates at the table.
- Sweep with a little broom and dust pan are great for little one”™s hands.
- Dustbuster responsibility. Let them suck up the crumbs and turn it into a game to fill the bin.
- Wipe the table down.
- Recycle and sort trash.
- Sort by color.
- Sort and pair up socks.
- Pair items up: socks, pajamas, outfits.
- Sort clothes.
- Put clothes on hangers.
- Collect garbage in the laundry room. I have a small trash basket in the laundry room for lint, tags, etc. that the kids take care of emptying when asked.
- Take care of water and food for pets. My oldest started this routine around 5 years old.
- ”˜Help”™ with brushing and bathing. This is a fun summertime activity with the hose for us.
My Favorite Ways to Get Help in a Hurry
- Set a timer for 5 or 10 minutes and see how if we can clean a whole room or floor in that amount of time.
- Chore charts work well in our house, no nagging, just doing.
- Using special options as ”˜rewards”™: once your clean room is cleaned up you can have 10 minutes on the computer, go play with your friends, take something else out, etc.
- I need to (fill in the blank), if you”™d like to help me we can play your game sooner.
- Let kids help build a chore chart or responsibility chart. Taking ownership in the creation of the tasks will ensure a better success rate!