Sometimes it feels like all kids speak the love language of Receiving Gifts. They always get so excited for any event that involves presents.
Why not take advantage of that and give them a little gift to get them excited about cleaning! This is especially helpful for little kids, if you get your teenager a cleaning kit, he’s probably going to roll his eyes at you 🙂
I made a little trip to the dollar store and for less than $10 I got enough stuff for two cleaning kits for both my kids.
I also saw some fun stuff on Amazon if you want to be more elaborate. They have little vinyl gloves for little hands (when we get to learning to clean the bathroom, those will be a necessity). They have little brooms and mops that are mostly intended for play but a lot of the reviews said they worked for cleaning up real messes.
Here are the things I included in my cleaning kits for kids ages 4 and 2:
- 1 small spray bottle (filled with water and vinegar as an all purpose cleaner that isn’t toxic and won’t require an ER visit if ingested)
- 1 microfiber cloth for drying
- 1 scrubbing pad for cleaning
- 1 duster
- 1 handheld broom and dustpan
- 1 mini apron (I can’t take credit for this one, my mom made them–cuz I asked her to and she’s amazing like that)
- 1 bucket to hold it all (doubles as a basket to carry toys from all over the house to their toy box)
Now, I’m not saying that after giving this cleaning kit to your preschooler he will be all about cleaning up every little mess. Well, he might be, for like a day. But just like any other toy, the newness will wear off and eventually you’ll have scrubbers and dusters scattered all over the house.
This is why I suggest putting this cleaning kit up and being clear, from the get go, that it is only allowed out when it’s time to clean. This will make it special and, hopefully, your kids will be begging for a chance to clean. Well whad’ya know, there might be a secret to getting kids to clean after all!
If you’re keeping up on the Quit Your Job as the Maid series this month, you’re probably starting to realize how much we should be teaching our kids about cleaning. Stay tuned because on Monday, we’re going to be talking about how to introduce this idea to your kids in a way that will set you, and them, up for success. Including this gift as part of your “invitation” to start taking more responsibility will add that much more “cream to the tacos” as my husband puts it.
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Tell me what you include in your cleaning kits and how your kids respond!