Involving-Kids-in-Daily-Cleaning-ChoresThe flowers are blooming, the birds are serenading, and our house still feels like it’s stuck with winter blues. Spring cleaning is a tradition that allows us to freshen up our homes and get a head start on the hectic seasons of spring and summer.

Despite what your kids may think, spring cleaning is likely not your favorite thing to do either. But we all know it has to be done, so we’ve compiled some tips to inspire kids of all ages to help out.

How to Inspire Spring Cleaning Help from the Kids

• End of day reward: When it comes to teenagers, you’ll probably need a little more incentive than a sweet treat. Once they’ve finished helping, let them pick a restaurant for dinner out, go to the movies or reward them with a night out with friends. Don’t forget to reward yourself, too!

• Laundry and sorting: Whether it’s laundry or just getting the toys in order, you can have some fun. Grab a hula hoop or basket and get going. Have your kiddos sort by color or type of toy and separate into easy-to-grab groups.

• Kid-sized cleaning: Find a small broom, mop, cleaning bucket or dust buster for your kids. Having something their size can help them get involved. A nice clean broom and dustpan are great to quickly clean up small toys too.

• Cleaning contest: Have the kids race each other. It can be fun to try and beat the clock when it comes to cleaning their bedrooms. Another great way to speed things up: Have them race against you! You try to clean the kitchen faster than they can pick up toys or dust and vacuum the living room.

• Dress the part: Whether you decide to don handkerchiefs and a dusty apron like Cinderella or simply sing a little “Mission Impossible” music while your kids complete the task, adding a little play to the chores can help keep them entertained.

• Be sure to break: Just like us adults, kids get a little wary of cleaning all day. Be sure to have them break regularly for added motivation. For example, you can suggest going outside to play for 15 minutes after toys are put away.

• Start them young: It may seem a little premature to have your 1- or 2-year-old helping out, but it’s never too early to start. Help them learn their responsibilities early (and take some of the work off you!) by putting their dirty clothes in the hamper each night or picking up the toys in the living room before bed.

Shingletown Medical Center Board Members and Staff wish you a “Healthy” and “Happy” Spring!