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How to Get Kids Involved in Keeping a Clean and Organized Home

Updated: Oct 28, 2021

As parents, caregivers, etc., it is our responsibility to teach the little people in our lives how to care for themselves, use their manners, say their prayers, etc. However, it is equally as important to teach them the importance of being organized, doing their part, and keeping a clean (at least decent) house. Below you will find a list of "chores" that will help you get started teaching these valuable lessons. Playing music and doing chores as a family will make the time go by faster and instill the importance of everyone doing their part. I promise, once you have implemented some of these chores, you will have more structure in your home and more time to spend doing fun things as a family. Besides, a little work and responsibility never hurt anyone.

Ages 2-3

· Stack books on a shelf

· Place dirty clothes in the laundry hamper.

· Set the dinner table.

· Put toys away (labeled bins will work wonders)

Ages 4-5

· Clean up spills

· Water plants

· Sort clean silverware

· Clear Kitchen Table

· Cleanup bedroom

Ages 6-7

· Empty dishwasher

· Match clean socks

· Gather trash

· Fold towels

· Clean floors using a "Swiffer"

Ages 8-9

· Load dishwasher

· Fold clothes

· Put groceries away

· Wipe off the dinner table

· Dust furniture

Ages 10-11

· Clean bathrooms

· Vacuum floors

· Sweep floors

· Clean countertops

· Prepare a simple meal (think spaghetti)

Ages 12 & Up

· Wash and vacuum car

· Shop for groceries with a list

· Iron clothes

· Wash windows

· Watch younger siblings

Your kids may be resistant to the change at first. However, if you stick with it the initial aggravation will be outweighed by the life skills your child will learn through the process. Some of the skills your child could learn or improve upon are:

Time management: The list of things to get done in one day seems only to get longer. Learning how to manage chores with other commitments like homework, sports practice, etc., will teach kids the value of good time management.

Respect: Imagine giving your child the responsibility of cleaning the bathroom or sorting the laundry. Giving your child this responsibility will help them appreciate the time it takes to complete the task. It will also make them more aware of how to improve their behaviors to make things easier, such as starting a load of clothes without being told. Executing these and similar tasks will aid in them developing respect for the amount of time and effort that goes into the execution of each chore.

Confidence: Age-appropriate chores will develop confidence and pride. Children are proud of themselves when they complete a task on their own. This sense of pride builds confidence. After completing the task a few times, they become more confident in themselves because they know what to do.

It may take some time to change behaviors, but it will be well worth it, now and in the future.

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