Set a good example for your children by not just keeping your house clean, but also by involving them in the process. This helps teach them the value of responsibility, which is a great lesson to learn at any age!
Introducing your children to house cleaning tasks need not be overwhelming, and there are several ways you can do this to instill lifelong lessons on the importance of cleanliness, organization and hard work. Here’s how:
Encourage your children to begin with simple tasks, such as making their beds, putting away toys and placing dirty laundry in the clothes hamper. This will go over much more effectively in the long run if you don’t punish them by telling them to clean.
Instill in your children the importance of keeping a clean house. Not only is a well-organized home much more pleasing to the eye, but it also helps reduce pests, can contribute to better health and less stress.
When involving your children in the cleaning process, let them choose how they want to help within reason. Give them some options, like wiping down counters or collecting dirty laundry, and let them choose how they want to contribute.
Don’t overwhelm your children with chores that are too challenging to complete. GIve them appropriate options that allow them to feel accomplished when they finish them so they may look forward to helping out in the future.
Set a good example by getting the whole family in on the cleaning. Divide up some easy tasks, like getting the garbage together, tidying up living areas or kitchens, cleaning the bathroom or putting away clutter, and set a time limit on when to have it all complete.
Teach your children the value of a dollar and hard work. Create a chore list and put a value on each item, such as making beds, feeding pets, checking mail and so forth. Reward them for their part in keeping the house clean and helping the household run smoothly.
As toys and clothes build up, use this as an opportunity to teach the importance of sharing with others. Encourage them to donate toys they no longer play with or clothes they can no longer wear, and allow them to choose the charity they wish to support.
Don’t let hard work go unnoticed! Celebrate with a family movie night or special meal to recognize everyone’s contributions. This gesture will go a long way in making the work that goes into keeping a clean house a positive, rewarding experience.
It’s a great idea to involve your kids with the cleaning, but that doesn’t mean you have to do it all! Trust the professionals at Sweet Home Cleaning Service to add a sparkle to your home. We service homes on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay, including Fairhope, Point Clear, Montrose, Daphne and Spanish Fort, as well as Foley, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. We’re also available for commercial and rental property cleanings in the same area. To book your appointment, contact us today!