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You’ve seen the memes that joke about not cleaning the house until the kids leave for college. I like the idea, but the house would be a wreck! So how do you balance the two?
Let Them Help
Kids tend to like "cleaning." Fill a little cleaning caddy just for your kids and they'll be cleaning right alongside you. Make sure you provide them with non-toxic cleaners or even water in a spray bottle. Kids can complete simple tasks such as making beds, putting toys away, dusting, sweeping, and vacuuming. Make each task age appropriate for your child.
Make It Fun
Set a timer for five or ten minutes and see how much can get put away. Use a chore or responsibility chart to track accomplishments. Clean up with your kids so they can learn the process and methods that are important to you. They'll enjoy the time with you, and you'll be able to model the tasks. Cleaning doesn't have to be torture; make it a game, and everyone will reap the rewards.
Do a Load of Laundry Every Day
Take at least one load of laundry from start to folded and put away every day. This process keeps the laundry piles away and ensures that everyone's favorite shirt is clean. Older kids can help put away laundry, and younger kids can pick up dirty laundry or sort the laundry by color.
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