Does it seem like your house is never clean, despite wasting your day away picking up? Chances are you have kids! Children tend to be messy, both when playing and even eating. It can be frustrating as a parent to be responsible for all this mess, especially if your children are getting older. Instead of following those kiddos around, constantly picking up their messes, try getting them involved in the cleaning process instead. Here are some great tips you can use to help teach your child to help out around the house.
One Toy Rule
Start with the one toy rule. Not sure how this rule works? Basically, each child gets to start with one toy to play with. It can be any toy in the house, but that’s the only toy they’re allowed to have out. Once they’re done playing with their toy, they need to put it away before they can grab something else to play with. This will help keep your house clean and toy-free so that there’s not an overwhelming mess by 9 am.
If you’re trying to get your kids help out around the house, don’t forget to break out those chore charts! There’s a reason parents have been using chore charts for years and that’s because they work. Put your chore chart somewhere your kids can see like the refrigerator. Each day, your kids will need to complete the assigned task before bed. If you use a dry erase board and magnets, you can easily switch chores each day.
Rewards & Consequences
Your kids need to know that you expect help from them. If they do their part, there will be some type of reward for that positive behavior. The reward can be anything, including earning a trip to the park or getting a small piece of candy. Alternatively, your children also need to know that there are consequences for not doing their part. Those consequences can be something as simple as they don’t receive their allowance for the week. Regardless, use rewards and consequences to help encourage your children to help out around the house.
Set an Example
If you expect your kids to pick up after themselves, you had better believe your kids will expect the same from you! Even when it seems like they’re not paying attention, your kids are watching you all the time. If they see you leaving dishes on the table or throwing laundry on your bedroom floor, they’re going to follow your example. Because of this, set an example of your expectations with your actions. Pretty soon, your kids will be helping out around the house without you even having to ask.
Use GREAT Cleaning Products
I recently discovered a new-to-the-US cleaning product company called Orange House. It was founded 15 years ago by a horticulturist that saw the irony in cleaning her home with products that weren’t safe to touch with bare hands. All of their cleaning products use 100% cold-pressed orange oil as a base, which makes them incredibly safe, amazingly effective… and they smell great, too.
I was sent some liquid laundry detergent, dish soap, hand soap, all-purpose spray, kitchen spray and bathroom spray to use around my house and I have been very happy with them.
I love that Orange House doesn’t use any toxic or harsh chemicals, colorants, dyes, brighteners or fragrances to their products – so they are completely safe to use with your bare hands. They are definitely products I feel good about using in my home.
Keeping your home organized and clean can be a task, but you and your family are definitely up to the challenge. What are some tips you have for teaching your kids to help out around the house?