Cleaning Jobs for the Whole Family
Do you ever feel as if you are the only one in the house that is continuously making an effort to tidy? Sometimes we end up spending most of our waking hours cleaning messes that were never made by us in the first place. When trying to keep the peace and order of a hectic family, we may forget that it is completely possible to make cleaning fun for everyone! With small kids, we end up with the worst messes at the end of the day. We can shout, and nag all we want to get them to tidy up their toys, but have we ever decided to make it a game? Encouraging small hands to actively clean and tidy up by turning it into a fun activity, will not only get the jobs done, but promote hands on activities.
When it comes to tidying away toys and games, we need to first start with where they are going. The best way to get a head start on productive organising is to invest in proper storage for the kids toys and games. Designated baskets for cuddly toys, a specific shelf for puzzles and board games and labelled clear boxes or containers for random bits and bobs. When it comes to multiple children, there is nothing better than making things clearly labelled for them to stash their things away. Labelling clear boxes with coloured tags, or even photos of what belongs in the containers helps young children decode what goes where. Making it easier for little hands to see exactly what shelf their puzzle goes on, and what box their cars go into. By making the organisation a fun and easy way for little ones to understand, it makes them more willing to help out.
Turn Cleaning into a Game
Make cleaning a regular part of your children’s routine by turning it into a fun game for them to play. First one to bring their dishes to the sink after dinner wins a special treat, see who can tidy their room the fastest, or who can pick up all of their toys before the Hoover swallows them all up. By making cleaning a fun game, it gets the kids involved and more used to daily routine and tidying. By encouraging our children to take part, we can allow a little friendly competition, and lifelong skills to become developed.
At the end of the day, instead of spending all our free time cleaning and tidying away our children’s messes, why not get them involved as well? When we get the whole family active, we not only allow our children to have a special bonding time with us, but we spend the time being productive as well. When we share the cleaning roles, we can not only get the whole family together doing something fun, but we can check the jobs off our list as well.