Spring Cleaning with Kids

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Spring brings flowers, budding trees, birds singing and… cleaning! Whether you are someone who likes to do major cleaning a little at a time or all at once, it can be a challenge to get children to help out. We decided to dedicate this Tip Tuesday post to spring cleaning and how to make it as fun as possible for you and your children.

Make Spring Cleaning Fun:
1. Host a cleaning party complete with music. Let your kids chose a special cleaning outfit (make sure it’s clothes you don’t mind them getting dirty), give them party hats and blast music throughout the house. End the party with a special treat to celebrate your clean house.
2. Have a cleaning contest. Divide into teams. Each team takes a room and cleans it. The team that cleans the fastest and the neatest wins. The prize for the winning team can be that they pick the dinner menu for a night during the week.
3. Make cleaning a scavenger hunt. Hide prizes in the rooms or within projects that have to be cleaned. For example, if you have a lot of laundry to fold, hide a prize in a sock in the laundry pile. If you have several rooms to clean, hide prizes in the hard to clean places of the room. Prizes shouldn’t be expensive. You can hide a small amount of money, an inexpensive prize you buy from the Dollar Store or a little coupon valid for special time at your child’s favorite park, etc.
4. Create a surprise cleaning jar. Put pieces of paper with jobs written on them in jar. Each person picks a job out of jar. When one job is finished, the person gets to pick out another “surprise” job out of the jar.

What ways do involve your children in spring cleaning?

Share your tips with other parents in the comment section!

12 Responses to “Spring Cleaning with Kids”

  1. Mom's Best Bets March 30, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

    Love these Spring cleaning ideas! That’s what we are doing today!

  2. Allie March 30, 2010 at 2:50 pm #

    My daughter loves to imitate at this age so when I dust, I give her a cloth so she can play dust. When I do laundry I put a couple things on the floor so she can put them in the laundry basket and feel like a helper.

  3. Secret Burkheiser March 30, 2010 at 5:56 pm #

    Love the great ideas. I am always trying to find new ways for my daughter to help clean. I will be trying these out:)

  4. admin March 31, 2010 at 1:50 pm #

    Allie – that’s so cute! Great way to include her.

    Mom’s Best Bets – timing was perfect for the post! 🙂 Hope your spring cleaning went well!

    Secret Burkeiser – Hope your daughter likes our ways to involve her in spring cleaning.

    Thanks for visiting our blog. We love having all of you here!

  5. momtoem April 1, 2010 at 8:24 am #

    My daughter loves to imitate me and she helps a lot with cleaning. She sweeps the floor (she LOVES the broom!!) and also cleans the table and puts the dirty clothes in the laundry basket!

  6. admin April 1, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    That is great. Sounds like you have a wonderful little helper. I hope it continues as she gets older. 🙂

  7. Paulina Kumkowski April 3, 2010 at 11:15 pm #

    These are really cute tips, would be nice if you had some “spring cleaning with older mobile babies tips” though.

  8. Tonya April 5, 2010 at 7:29 pm #

    Great ideas. Another spring cleaning tip would be to use environmentally safe products to clean. They are easy to make at home, cheap, efficient and safe for the kiddos.

  9. admin April 6, 2010 at 8:59 am #

    Great point Tonya! Thank you.

  10. admin April 6, 2010 at 9:08 am #

    Thanks Paulina. We appreciate your feedback & will keep that in mind. Michelle

  11. Jamaise April 7, 2010 at 1:30 am #

    Sometimes you have to make cleaning fun – it works in getting extra help and teaching that cleaning is something we all have to do to keep things running smoothly. We actually have done the surprise jar with good results. I’ll have to try your other ideas! Thanks 🙂

  12. admin April 7, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    Glad the surprise jar worked for you. And yes – cleaning is often a team effort!
    Thanks for being part of our Kolcraft family.