Having a baby due in March means that our Spring Cleaning came a little early this year. It’s hard trying to get everything done and make sure everyone knows what they are supposed to be doing. I decided to make up a few Cleaning Check Lists to make sure that everyone knew what was expected of them when they are in charge of cleaning a certain room.
Once we got rooms rearranged, projects finished, and laundry caught up, we had a lot of clean up to do. I wanted to make it easy once things were clean to keep them clean. As we all know, many hands make light work! So I wanted to have the kids involved. They each have their daily chores that they know they are in charge of and are actually pretty good at keeping up with these without a whole lot of reminders. However, I wanted an easy way to make the daily clean up go more smoothly and help us keep on top of things.
After creating these, I used my laminator to laminate our cleaning check lists so they wouldn’t get ruined and we could use a dry erase marker to mark off what we had accomplished. Who doesn’t LOVE checking things off a list?! To make sure the younger kids knew what they were doing, I cleaned with them the first time in each room. When it came to cleaning the bathroom, I wanted to make sure they understood what each item meant and how to do it properly. Let’s be honest, most of my boys would try to just flush the toilet and call that “cleaning”. It also gave them a chance to ask questions about how to do things, what cleaning supplies to use, etc. I still get questions, but that’s okay! They are doing their best and we are all pitching in to help.
Now, I’d love to say that I created this only for my kids…but we’ll just all agree that I’m not the best housekeeper the world has ever known. Sounds crazy, I know! But it’s true. I tend to get distracted (oh, hey, I wonder if anyone has posted on Instagram lately?) and off task easily. But you know I love checking things off lists! So this helps keep me on the straight and narrow cleaning path too!
I created a list for each of the rooms that I knew my kids could help clean with little to no guidance other than the cleaning check lists. I have one for the Bedroom, Bathroom, Family Room, and Kitchen. I also have a Blank Check List that I can use to give specific chores to each child so they can be on top of what is their responsibility. You can download and print them out here. If you don’t have a laminator, I suggest this one! It’s inexpensive and super easy to use.
Take a trip to our comments and share your best cleaning tips! Seriously, how do you keep your kids involved? You know other than the usual threats of being grounded until their 80? Do you give rewards? Pay them? Share with us your best practices so we can all learn from each other!