It is a fact that clean homes and kids do not always seem to go together. But, teaching your kids a few cleaning skills to get them involved in cleaning your home. It will not only help you share the load but also teach them the importance of keeping a clean home. Listed below are a few recommended chores you can teach your children easily - something each child should learn too.
Cleaning Skills for Kids
Removing the Clutter
Decluttering is one of the most important skills you can teach your kids from a very young age. It can also help them cultivate discipline, which they will carry forward as they grow up. Show them how you declutter your stuff. You can also encourage them to donate unused items to those who are less fortunate.
Making The Beds
Teaching kids how to make their beds all by themselves before they sleep is very important. It is one of the first skills that encourage children to be independent. You can start by showing them how you do it when they are toddlers, but do not expect them to make their beds when they are too little. You can slowly guide them to make their bed; you can also choose less complicated bedding for them.
Washing the Dishes
You can train your child to help you with washing dishes in the kitchen. The best way to teach kids to clean the dishes is to start with scraping and rinsing even if you have a dishwasher at home. Children who are five to six years of age can begin to scrape and rinse their plates. Older kids who are above eight years can help with drying and putting the dishes away. You can teach children who are above nine years old to load a dishwasher under supervision. Make sure that you teach them the safety principles as well to ensure their safety.
Doing the Laundry
Young kids from two years of age can start to learn about doing laundry with sorting clothes. It can be interesting to introduce them to doing laundry as young kids usually find it similar to a game. You can teach older kids to fold and keep away the clothes. You can also introduce them to the washer and slowly guide them on how to load and unload the washer and dryer under your supervision. Children above eight and ten years old are mature enough to load the washing machine and dryer. In addition to this, they are also capable of cleaning both the machine and dryer. You can also teach them how to use a washer and dryer at a very young age so that they learn the entire process of doing laundry by the time they reach eight or ten years of age.
Sweeping the Floor
Teaching your child to sweep effectively takes time and practice. Teach your kids to hold the broom properly first. You can gently guide them after that on how to do the job effectively. Children who are eight years and above can start to learn how to sweep the floors whereas younger kids can hold the dustpan while others sweep the dust. You can also teach your older kids to use gadget sweepers under supervision in addition to traditional brooms.
You need to make sure kids are not allergic to dust. If so, keep them away while you sweep the floor.
Mopping the Floor
Mopping floors is one of the most essential cleaning skills for kids who are nine years and above. It is a task that involves very little risk. Therefore, you can assign them this task without much worry. You can also teach your children how to prepare mop water and give instructions regarding how to mop different types of floors you have at your home. Make sure that you give them a clear idea regarding how to mop around unsealed hardwood if you have any at your home.
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