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Motivating Your Mini

Yes sweetheart, I just spent 6 hours cleaning the house just so you would have space to dump your entire toy collection....High Five!

Welcome back! For those of you who follow us on social media, you may have noticed we posted a few tips this month on how you can motivate your children to help you clean, rather than destroy. For this blog, we wanted to share a few tips and tricks for all of you cleaners at home that battle the dirt, grime, and kids... Cleaning can be stressful. Especially when you have a little ones. For some reason it's as if the kids are summoned to a clean area to make it messy again right after you complete the task. Whether its dirtying dishes after they were just put away, grabbing the nicely folded clothes from the couch and slinging them across the room, or deciding they all of the sudden want to play in the sink after you have deep cleaned your bathroom. Whatever it is, there are some solutions. We don't have them all. But that is simply because we are a cleaning company and not parenting coaches...Although, when it comes to getting your kids excited about cleaning, we can help!

For kids of all ages it is recommended to have a chores list that is age appropriate. This provides the tasks that need to be followed, it is written out and expected.

For younger kids, in the toddler stage, you may find it useful to do the following:

Show them how it is done

Play music they enjoy while cleaning

Add bubbles!

Create an age appropriate game - e.g. Practice counting while picking up toys. How many times will it take you singing your ABC's to clean up this area?

For kids that are the younger school age (5yr-9yr):

Make cleaning time a dance party (I still do this as an adult! Who doesn't love music!?)

Tackle the mess piece by piece - e.g. Separate by color, area, type etc.

Dress the part (5 and 6 year old love role playing) - e.g. they can put on gloves, wear an apron etc.

Create an age appropriate game - e.g. Beat the clock, Obstacle Course, "Painting" the Floor (Mopping).

These are just a few suggestions to get the kids involved and find joy in helping you clean. Making the experience fun and interactive while giving you a helping hand! Please feel free to share any tips you may have in regards to motivating children to clean. We would love to hear them!

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