Does it ever seem like you could really use a maid? Busy moms feel like this all the time! Probably, one of the reasons your house is not clean is because of your kids! I have a list of easy things your kids can clean so you don’t have to do it all! (And you won’t have to hire a maid, because if you are like me, you are cheap and don’t want to spend the money!)
Kids are wonderful, but kids are messy! Not only are they messy, they keep you busy all day long and it makes it really hard to get the every day cleaning done. There are so many great lists out there of things you should clean on a daily basis, weekly basis, or occasional basis. I don’t know about you, but it’s nearly impossible to get the things that NEED to get done on a regular basis, much less make a regular schedule for cleaning! I would really like to try that but unfortunately, life usually gets in the way. The good news is that even though you have kids that are messy, you also have kids that can help!
My kids actually like helping with the cleaning. No, not the “clean up your toys” kind of cleaning, but the other cleaning that I usually save for myself. I realized that it was silly to waste all my time cleaning these things when my kids could pitch in and help out! Not only is it helpful for me, it teaches them responsibility and shows them how to start doing some of these simple tasks.
Sometimes we overlook how helpful children can be, especially if we show them how. My children are all in school all day now. They have definitely reached an age where I can not only show them how to do some of these simple cleaning tasks but eventually expect them to be able to do them properly. By properly, I mean, I don’t have to go behind them and do the job all over again because they made it worse!
So here’s my list of simple things kids can clean!
-Dust around the house
-Sweep the floor
-Vacuum the carpet
-Clean the bathroom (wipe off countertops, spot clean the floor, clean the mirror)
-Wipe off light switches
– Dust and wipe off baseboards
-Wipe down the front of oven, dishwasher, refrigerator, and lower cupboards
-Clean mirrors around the house
-Wipe handprints off walls
Many of these simple jobs are things that can be done once a week or even more often that that if you want. They are also things that you might not have time to do that often but would like done. None of them involve any serious scrubbing or lifting. They are simple tasks that can be taught and achieved by kids. Kids can clean! I’m not saying your house will be spic and span every week but these are definitely teachable tasks. The best part is that this will save you time and energy so you have time and energy to focus on other things that need to get done. Believe it and teach it! Kids can clean the house!
Some of these items require a cleaning solution or spray. If you don’t feel comfortable with your children handling chemicals and poisonous sprays I would encourage you to try using Essential Oils. You can blend lemon, orange, lime, or any citrus oil to create your own cleaning solution. The all natural oils will clean well, smell great, and not have anything in them harmful to your children. Lemon is a natural disinfectant and smells fantastic! We make some of our own cleaning solutions at our house with Essential Oils. I do not have to worry about my kids accidentally getting it on their hands or inhaling toxic fumes while they clean. Let’s face it, kids have a tendency to spray too much cleaner! If there is a thick cloud around them when they are cleaning you might need to step in! However, if you are using your own natural cleaners, this can’t happen!
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Try these Essential Oil combos:
Household cleaner: 3 drops of Lemon with 6 ounces of water and 3 ounces of vinegar
Carpet cleaner: Mix 20 drops of Melaleuca oil with Borax
Bathtub scrub: Mix one-half cup of baking soda, one-half cup of vinegar and five drops of lime oil; use as a scrub for a sink or bathtub.
A clean house just makes me feel better. A house I didn’t have to spend hours cleaning makes me feel even better than better! Hopefully, these are skills my kids will continue to improve on and remember when they are are older. Someday, they will have a home of their own to clean and possibly children who need to learn as well. Teaching these skills helps you, as well as them!
I’d love to hear about any cleaning opportunities you’ve taught and given to your children! Share in the comments!