One of the things every parent struggles with is to teach their children to be responsible and help around the house. A great way to instal some rules, and in general make your life easy is to use a kid’s cleaning checklist. It contains all of the tasks your youngster needs to do in the course of a week. The checklist is purposely created to leave all “dangerous” chores for the adults. You can combine it with a reward system and a positive attitude and soon you will see the transformation in your child’s behaviour.
Some Simple Cleaning Rules
Before you start with the new cleaning approach there are a couple of things we need to address first.
- One of the top reasons for accidental house poisonings in children is swallowing or inhaling cleaning detergents. That is why our London professionals strongly advise you to always supervise your kids and lock all chemicals away.
- Create a cleaning tool kit for your child. All brooms, mops, buckets, etc. must be the right size and weight to prevent unwanted injuries.
- For the first week or two do the job together with your kid and show them how to properly do the cleaning tasks.
- Stay calm and patient, it may take a while. If you get angry too easily, your child will also get frustrated and the whole process will backfire.
- Encourage your kids and praise them when they deserve it. This will motivate them to do even better next time.
- Depending on their age and daily routine some chores can be done more frequently than others. However, don’t take from their time to rest and play.
- If your child has allergies, asthma or week immune system avoid all cleaning chores.
- Teach the little ones to always use protective gear like goggles, masks and rubber gloves. Make it into a game. It will pay up in the future, we guarantee it.
Size Matter When It Comes to The Cleaning of Your London Home
The smaller a child is, the fewer chores they can actually do. Altho we give points for the effort, it is best to not overdo it. Keep in mind a task that is hard for a 6-year-old can be nothing for an 11-year-old. Use the checklist as a base and add more chores as your child grows and develops.
How to Establish a Proper Cleaning Plan
Start with something small and easy. Kids are smart they will surprise you with their inventiveness and whits.
- Start with their own room. The first step is to teach them to keep their own space tidy.
- Move to the living/dining room. Next is the place where they spend the majority of their day.
- The garden/backyard is next. Yet again a common play area.
These first three are suitable for small children up till the age of seven or eight. For the next couple of rooms, your kid must be older. And again, don’t leave them on their own without adult supervision.
- The hard part starts – the kitchen. At first, teach them to clean their dishes and put them away and slowly move to the other chores.
- Bathroom – Leave it for last, as it is the hardest one to deal with. Especially without the usage of strong detergents.
Let’s be real your kid won’t tidy your London house like professional cleaners and it is not what this exercise is about. You will probably still have to go after them and do things the way you want. Or sneakily book your cleaning services while the kids are at school.
Download your FREE printable here: Kids’ cleaning checklist