I’m not sure what it is about Spring that makes you want to deep clean but I always get excited. I love decluttering and refreshing my home. With two kids it can be a tad overwhelming, because usually when I’m tackling one room the kids are taking apart another. This year, my kids are at the age where they’re excited to help and can do a few chores around the house. We were invited to take part in the #SpringClean16 campaign with The Motherhood and Kimberly-Clark, so we’re getting the whole family involved!
One way that I encouraged my oldest to do chores was by making him his own little cleaning kit. Making a DIY cleaning kit for kids is simple and inexpensive to make! Plus, all of your Spring cleaning essentials can be found at your local Wal-Mart, a one-stop shop for all your cleaning and organization essentials.
Some items to include in your cleaning kit:
- Spray Bottle (you can fill with water for younger kids or equal parts water/vinegar and a few drops of essential oil for a natural cleaner)
- Viva® Towels
- Viva® Vantage® towels
- Gloves (optional)
- A caddy to store everything in
Besides cleaning it’s also a good idea to stock up on all of your other necessities from Kimberly-Clark. Remember to restock your bathrooms and stockpile your Cottonelle® Toilet Paper Double Rolls and Scott® 1000 Bathroom Tissue. Nothing is worse than having guests over and realizing you’re out of toilet paper! The Scott® 1000 Bathroom Tissue gives us long lasting value and the Cottonelle® Toilet Paper Double Rolls has a ripple texture that cleans better than the leading national value brand.
Some other things we made sure to have on hand are Viva® Towels, they offer two types of everyday towels that are perfect for cleaning. There are the Viva® Vantage® towels that have a scrubby texture to them, they are perfect for stainless steel appliances and getting those other grimy surfaces. I keep a roll of these in my preschoolers cleaning caddy for those grimy messes on the bathroom countertops and wiping off those little fingerprints that always end up all over our stainless steel fridge.
There’s also the Viva® Towels that work like a cloth, they have a signature soft and smooth texture that makes them soft like a t-shirt. We use these to wipe down our kitchen cabinets and they’re soft enough to wipe those little hands and faces. They are even durable enough to use for washing dishes because they hold up to multiple rinses.
One important thing to remember is to not expect your child to understand how to do something without being shown how to do it. Take the time to show them and explain exactly what you want done. I showed Jace the difference in the textures of the paper towels so he knows which one to use for what chore. And he got right into wiping down the kitchen countertops and cabinets!
You also want to praise them liberally, even if the job wasn’t done perfectly but you can tell they were doing their best then shower them with encouragement.
Another way to get your kids motivated to help with the chores is by a regular use of a chore chart. You’ll want to make sure to tailor the chores to their age level, children as young as two can start carrying out simple chores like picking up books or toys. The younger you start chores with your kids the better! The chores will become a part of their daily routine and be a habit that they will carry with them into adulthood. The very first chore our kids ever did was to clean up their toys before naptime or bedtime. We keep various containers that smaller toys or books go in to keep it more organized, like a large tote for the books we keep downstairs.
You can use this handy chart to determine the best age appropriate chore for your kids. Remember that every child is different and many of these can be done sooner or later depending on your comfort level and what your child can handle. Print it off here and hang it on your fridge or keep it in your family binder!
Looking for more Spring Cleaning tips? Check out my Spring Cleaning board on Pinterest for other fun tips, tricks, and hacks!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kimberly-Clark and The Motherhood. The opinions and text are all mine.