Spring has us itching to clean and freshen up our homes, but is it even worth attempting if the kids are home? Sure, it’s good to build responsibility and teach them about cleaning. But how do we keep kids interested and avoid stress?
If cleaning with kids usually ends up being more like one step forward and two steps back, we have some ideas that may help make the experience as stress-free as possible...
Begin kids cleaning with closets
If your kids’ closets are full of toys, start by asking your kids to divide items into one pile to keep, and one to donate. Even if they only choose a few items to donate, this task will keep them busy while you work on something else like going through clothes that no longer fit their growing bodies.
Play spring cleaning games for kids
Cleaning is a lot less painful when you make a game out of it – especially for kids. Our favorite clean up game for kids is a little like musical chairs. Turn on some fun music and have your kids pick up toys or put away laundry. Every time you pause the music, the kids have to freeze. Find more inspiration for clean-up games for kids here.
Make window wiping fun
Turn a mundane chore into a fun kids' spring cleaning game. Make a safe and chemical-free window cleaner with a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water. Then, let your little ones spray the windows and get wiping!
Use kids’ cleaning tools
Buy your kids their own cleaning tools, or help your kids make DIY cleaning kits using these ideas. Your little ones will get a kick out of having their own tools, and their smaller size will make tools easier to maneuver.
Reward kids for helping
A little positive reinforcement goes a long way with kids cleaning. Reward your little ones after a productive day by letting them choose an easy family dinner, a movie to watch, or with a little additional screen time. Consider rewarding older kids for cleaning with allowance money.
To continue the habit of kids cleaning in your house, consider using age-appropriate chore charts. Here are some ideas.
Fuel up for kids cleaning time
Your kids will probably work up an appetite during spring cleaning games, so it’s important to have some easy and nutritious snacks on hand. Our Protein Poppers are sure to fuel your kids for a productive day, while also satisfying cravings for a sweet treat. These raw oat balls are packed with protein, grains, and healthy fats, while being dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free, and vegetarian to suit almost any diet.
Looking for an easy way to feed your kids nutritious meals through spring and beyond? Yumble delivers fresh, delicious, fully prepared spring and other seasonal meals and snacks for kids right to your doorstep. Simply pick the plan that works best for your family, choose your weekly meals, and Yumble will take care of the rest! No cooking required!