It’s shocking, I know, but children really can clean.
I am amazed at how helpful my kids are when we are cleaning the house. Yeah, they don’t clean perfectly, but 6 people are better than 2 at getting the cleaning done, right? (Especially when 1 is at work all day and isn’t able to help as much.)
They’ve always been good at helping when asked, but we all (myself the most) have fallen far short of having a clean and orderly home. In fact, housekeeping is definitely an area of weakness for me. But, thankfully, I’m a work in progress. Right now, we are on our longest stretch of having a clean, picked-up home. I’m hoping that I’m a “reformed messy”. My cleanliness might be equal to someone’s else messy, but as Crystal Paine says on the Money Saving Mom, “Don’t compare your weaknesses to someone else’s strengths.” By the way, feel free to ask me how it’s going. Knowing someone might ask will hopefully keep us cleaning!
All that being said, we are getting better. Just don’t think we’ve arrived. I have learned how important it is for all of us (children included) to be part of the cleaning team here at Team Hogan.
Do my children love to clean? Nope. They don’t.
But, they really love having a clean house. Here are their reasons:
- “I like that we have a clean house and can have friends over.”
- “I like when you get to play in a clean room with lots of space in it.”
- “When the rooms are (mostly) clean, it doesn’t take long to clean up.”
- “You have more time to do fun things with us.” (the “you” referring to Seth and I)
Jobs my children will call their “favorites”:
- wiping the railing (because it’s fast)
- straightening up a room when it’s already been cleaned (as in there are only a few things to pick up)
- wiping the mirrors
- cleaning the microwave (all my children love to do this – it’s not my favorite so I’m glad they like it)
- putting away Imaginext (because they are quick to clean up. . . those toys have a home in bins under a bed)
- making cleaning a game when cleaning up toys by watching things bounce around when thrown into a bin or tossing from far away
Other tasks our children can complete (and often do):
- wiping anything down with a baby wipe, clorox wipe, or damp rag (tables, baseboards, compartments in the van, sinks. toilets, bathtub or shower, floor spot-cleaning, doorknobs, finger marks off the walls)
- straightening up and putting away toys
- sorting laundry by person
- folding certain clothing (like towels)
- putting clothing away in their own drawers
- loading and unloading the dishwasher
- organizing our shoe rack by the front door (which very quickly becomes cluttered)
- cleaning trash (and other stuff) out of the van or car
- taking out the trash
- sweeping the kitchen or under the table
- putting new trash bags in the trash cans
- taking the garbage cans to the road
- washing and drying clothing
- carrying laundry to the basement or clean clothing up from the basement
- putting groceries away
- and probably many more tasks I am even forgetting. . .
I hope I say it often enough to my children, but they are a huge help in keeping our house clean. I’m glad we’ve all been working on this and that my kids are seeing the benefits.
What chores do your children do?