The snow is almost completely gone, flowers are beginning to bloom and green leaves are emerging. That can only mean one thing: spring is finally here! When this refreshing season begins to come around, we all know what task comes to mind – spring cleaning. Over the course of year my child has left a countless amount of messes. Such as drawings on the wall, food fights, and others I’d rather leave to your imagination.
Today I’m devoting myself to scrubbing the house clean of all the grime and dirt that has accumulated in the nooks and crannies of my home. Alone, taking on the task of cleaning the whole house can be quite intimidating. Spring cleaning should be a group effort, especially when the kids are responsible for half the mess. If you have little ones running around the house, get them to tackle the task along with you. Here are five tips to help you get your kids involved in spring cleaning:
Pump Up the Jam
Even as adults, music is a great way to get motivated and make boring activities more exciting. Put on some kid friendly tunes, and dance the cleaning away! (Bonus: dancing is a great way to get the blood pumping and for little ones to burn off some extra energy).
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
In this case, the dream is an immaculate home. In my experience, kids are more productive with chores when done as a group activity. Consider cleaning each room of the house together. Cleaning together helps kids feel like they are an important part of the team. This kind of group effort helps you model the behavior you want you children to adopt. If you continue this collaborative work with your children in all aspects of life, they’ll learn to use it on their own.
Praise, Then Correct
Everyone loves to hear they did a great job. This couldn’t be more true for children. My child lights up when she knows that her efforts are making me proud. I’m sure it’s the same for yours. After the completion of a task, make sure to tell your kids what they did right first. Any comments about what they could’ve done differently should be mentioned after they’re praised, so they don’t feel like they’re being criticized.
Don’t Try To Do It All At Once
Even the thought of spring cleaning the entire home can certainly be overwhelming. Kids have extremely short attention spans, and cleaning for an entire day can easily burn them out. I suggest doing a few tasks at a time, give them a break for an hour or so, and then tackle a few other items on the list. Remember, the nature of spring cleaning isn’t one that is rushed. Thoroughness is key!
After a long day of spring cleaning, there’s nothing better than treating yourself. It can be big or small. Whether it be taking your kids to the movies or just giving them a healthy treat, a reward after a long day will make all the hard work they put in worth it.
I’ve always believed that a clean home makes for a happy family. Spring cleaning is oh-so vital to ensuring a happy life and rest of your year. Are there any other fun and helpful tips to get kids involved in spring cleaning you can think of? Let us know on our Facebook page!