Cleaning Time: How to Get Kids Involved in Cleaning!

With kids in the house, it’s always time to clean. From organizing closets to washing windows, dusting baseboards, cleaning inside, behind and under appliances, vacuuming air vents, and freshening up the yard, the list of chores that need to be done around the house is exhausting and endless. 

According to the Center For Parenting Education, children who regularly do chores are better able to deal with frustration and delay gratification, have higher self-esteem, and are more responsible compared to children who don't help out with chores. Instead of parents trying to tackle all of the spring cleaning tasks themselves, or hiring an expensive service for help, getting the kids involved with age-appropriate tasks might be the best idea. 

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Here is a how-to guide on tackling your cleaning tasks getting the kids motivated to lend a hand from the experts at BusyKid:

  • Plan It Out – Sit down as a family and discuss the projects, the deadlines, and who is tackling what.  


  • Team Up – Instead of having each person take on individual projects, team up to make the jobs go faster. Race to see who can finish their cleaning project the fastest while delivering the best results.


  • Make It Fun – No one said chores had to be boring. Make a game and trigger the competitive side of your kids. Since younger children cannot help as much with cleaning, put them in charge of quality control with a pair of white gloves and a magnifying glass!  Be sure to leave a few spots behind for them to find.  


  • Call in the Reserves – Ask friends from your neighborhood to do a cleaning swap. Take turns doing jobs at each other’s homes with your kids and set up an assembly line process. For example, if you are washing outside windows one person can scrub while another follows and rinses. Then go to the neighbor’s house and do the same. You’ll cut your job time in half if not more!  Or, agree to take turns mowing adjacent lawns.  

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  • Put Value On It – This is a great time to begin teaching your kids some valuable life lessons, including work ethic, responsibility, time management, and earning an allowance. If two kids want the same job, have them write down bids on scraps of paper and turn them into you. The lowest bidder wins the job and the reward!


  • Share Your Time & Talents – Make sure to carve out a few hours to take on a community project as a family – clean your park, paint a neighbors fence, etc.  


  • Throw a Party at the End – Thank everyone for their hard work – and get yourself out of having to make dinner – by ordering take-out. Then pick up some ice cream for dessert and recyclable paper dishes and silverware so you don’t have to wash one more thing.

What are your best cleaning tips and tricks? 


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Cleaning Time: How to Get Kids Involved in Cleaning!

Jamie is a Beltway Insider who loves channeling her pre-motherhood love of traveling into spending time exploring all D.C. has to offer with her brood of two girls and two boys ages 9, 7,5, and a baby. She is a reformed lawyer turned full-time kid wrangler who enjoys photographing her everyday chaos and anything salted caramel. Since life is never dull, she loves writing about the issues and events going on in her life at any given time, including caring for a daughter with special needs and th ... More

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