People have different views about cleaning. Some people consider it a dreaded chore. Others find cleaning therapeutic. Regardless of how you feel about it, cleaning and sorting through your household’s belongings can be an important spring or summer ritual. Even better, getting your kids to help with cleaning can be a way to bond together. This could provide them with valuable life lessons or it could teach them to hate cleaning forever. Here are ways to make the most of cleaning and your time with your kids.
For children, hearing the words “let’s get organized” is likely to send them fleeing your house to go play outside. The secret is showing them how much easier it will be to find their belongings if they are organized. Buying fun, brightly colours bins for them to use for their toys, clothing, and other items can help get them interested in the project. Have name labels for your children to use to label each of their bins and your kids can have fun sticking them on. You can even buy other stickers they can use to help personalise eachbins.
Try make a game out of sorting items and putting them away. You and your kids can race to see who can sort items out more quickly. Play upbeat music while you’re sorting so you and your kids can sing along, dance, and have fun while you’re working.
Cute racks with hooks can be easy for your kids to use. You can even start early by buying plain racks and having your kids paint them before you hang them on the wall. Let your kids brighten up their rooms by painting cardboard storage bins to use for the items they use now or to store their winter gear you’re putting away for the season.
Get your kids involved with sweeping, mopping, and dusting. You can find brightly-coloured kid-sized brooms that will be easier for your children to use. Teach them how to sweep everything into one spot and then sweep it into a dustbin. Capturing everything can be a challenge. Just don’t forget that young children lack coordination. Don’t expect them to be able to be as neat at sweeping or wiping down counters as you are. Keep your feedback positive rather than criticising their technique or missed spots.
Out with the Old
Kids outgrow clothing quickly, move on from old toys, and end up with stained clothing that is better suited for a rag bin than wearing in public. Now is the time to work with them to get rid of items they can no longer wear or don’t need. Comment on how freeing up room in their closets will provide space for the new clothes you’ll buy them prior to the next school year. If you talk about having fun with them finding new clothes they’ll like, getting rid of old items will be more of a positive experience.
Remember children may be emotionally attached to favourite clothing or other items, even if they can no long wear them or use them. Rather than forcing them to get rid of the few special items they love, allow them to keep them for now. You don’t want the experience of cleaning out their closets to make them sad or angry. If your kids keep the items now, they’ll probably be ready to happily get rid of them in a year or two, without a lot of drama or stress.
Let your children be a part of giving away their old clothes or toys. It is important for them to learn how nice it feels to help someone else. If their items are going to family friends, explain how generous it is to share. If you’ll be donating items to a charity, this is the perfect time to explain the importance of giving back to the community and how they are making a difference to people in need.