5 Ways to Get Your Kids Cleaning This Summer
I’ve mentioned before that I’m really trying to relax this summer, and relax my standards just a little when it comes to keeping my house clean. It’s not that I want a mess, it’s just that I want to be able to enjoy friends and family without constantly worrying about whether or not things are spotless.
Now that my kids are older, one of the best ways for me to keep the chaos and mess under control without stress is to involve them in the cleaning. I’ve recently partnered with Merry Maids on their new Kids Ambassador program, which is all about getting kids involved in the cleaning process.
Today, I am sharing five of my favorite tips from Merry Maids that include kids in household cleaning!
Keep the Outdoors Out
We’re spending a lot of time on the back patio this summer, so having a container or space for outdoor toys is crucial. That way, outdoor toys stay outside along with the dirt and grime they bring along with it.
When the kids were little, I taught them a little “wipe your feet” dance, to make sure that the dirt stayed on the mat, not in my house. Don’t tell anyone, but occasionally I still catch them doing it!
The Race to Clean
When my kids were little I made clean up time fun by putting on a timer and seeing who could pick up the most stuff the quickest. My guys may seem a little too old for that now, but sometimes when the cleaning seems overwhelming I still set the timer.
Instead of having a “race,” now I just say “Look, we only have to clean for ten minutes, do what you can.”
One great way to get rid of clutter is to turn it in to cash. My teenager loves the idea of selling some of his old video games so that he can have more money for new games, clothes, or music.
I love getting rid of the clutter and the dust that unused items collect!
One of the problems I have as an organized mom living with three “free spirits” is that when I ask one of them to clean a room, I usually get the response “It looks fine to me.” A chore chart helps remove that response. There are all sorts of ways to set up a chore chart, but I like this example from Merry Maids.
It’s especially important to keep the chore chart going during the summer break when the lack of structure can lead to bigger messes.
Post Play Date/Hang Out Clean Up
I love it when my guys have friends over, but it does create more messes. It can be overwhelming to ask my sons to clean up for all their friends, so instead I just lightly ask their friends, “Hey guys, before you go, can you bring your dirty dishes up to the kitchen?” or “I’ll run you home in a minute, but could you put those video games away first?”
Keeping a light tone keeps me from being “that mom,” but it also lets guests know what’s expected of them in my house.
What are your favorite ways to keep your house clean during the summer or any time of year?
Get more cleaning tips for your kids by visiting www.merrymaids.com.
This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.