6 Ways to trick kids into tidying up
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Hands up if you find yourself constantly asking the kids to help tidy up, only to get a less than enthusiastic response? My hand is firmly up in the air. It’s so important for kids to learn to help with tidying up, and it makes family life so much better when everyone pitches in to help out.
Actually getting the kids to help out is another story. Turning cleaning into a game has always worked wonders in out house, so I have put together this list of 6 ways to stick kids into tidying up. These tips help make cleaning fun, and the house gets cleaned at the same time. It’s a win-win for everyone!
Set a timer
It may not work for all kids, but for some reason setting a timer has always worked amazingly well to encourage my daughter to help tidy up. I typically set a timer for 5 or 10 minutes, then challenge her to see how much she can tidy up before the timer goes off. I always get involved too which makes it even more fun for her.
Make it a treasure hunt
Hide some coins underneath the piles of toys and clutter, and let the kids know you have hidden them, but don’t tell them where. They can then hunt for the coins by tidying up the piles of clutter. Whoever finds each coin gets to keep it. The coins don’t need to be gold either, silver coins will do the trick.
Time it right
Pick the perfect time to ask them to help tidy up, for example 5 minutes before their favourite show is about to come on. The thought of missing their favourite show will have them tidying up in no time.
Who can pick up the most
Start by challenging everyone to pick up and put away a certain number of things, for example 10 toys each. Once that’s done, challenge everyone to pick up more. Say something like ‘I bet I can find 5 more things to put away’, and challenge the kids to beat your score.
Make cleaning kid friendly
Now that the clutter is put away and the floors are clear, it’s time to get cleaning. I don’t know about you, but my kids occasionally ask to do the vacuuming. You can make it even easier for the kids to help with cleaning tasks like vacuuming by choosing equipment that makes it easier for them to help out.
We use a stick vacuum for that exact reason. It’s much easier for the kids to master vacuuming with a stick vacuum rather than a bulk full sized vacuum cleaner, and for some reason stick versions are actually fun to use in kids eyes.
Firstly, it has headlights. If there is any reason my kids argue over who gets to so the vacuuming, it’s those headlights. While they are a novelty for the kids, they are also super handy for the adults. They are one of those things that you didn’t realise you needed until you had them. They are great when vacuuming in hard to see places, and the floors end up so much cleaner because of them. No more putting the vacuum away only to realise there are spots you missed, you can see everything with them!
Secondly, this Hoover handstick automatically detects the floor surface, and adjusts it’s settings to suit. This isn’t something the kids will notice, but it makes it so much easier for them to vacuum without help. They can easily move from hard floors to carpets while the handstick optimises it’s settings all on it’s own. How clever is that!
Thirdly, being a handstick it’s cordless, which is great aside from the battery running low issue. Kids tend to be a little ‘slower’ than we are at vacuuming. Luckily this Hoover handstick has a pretty good battery to start with a running time of up to 23 minutes. But to sweeten the deal even more, for a limited time Godfreys are gifting a second free battery worth $149.95 with every Hoover React sold.
If you have ever used a handstick, you will understand the frustration of needing to use the handstick to quickly vacuum a mess, but you can’t because it’s on charge. Having a second battery solves that issue. As soon as a battery is flat, put your second battery into the vacuum and pop the flat battery on charge. By keeping that second battery charged at all times your handstick will always be ready to use. And of course if your kids are super slow at vacuuming they have two batteries to keep them going, which is a total of up to 46 minutes vacuuming time.
Dust with a handstick vacuum
Dusting with a cloth never really works. You just end up pushing the dust around, and it simply ends up lading on a different surface in the room. Not the best for people like me who suffer from dust allergies.
Dusting with a haystack vacuum is a much better alternative, and it’s another way you can get the kids involved. If you have a handstick like the Hoover React Advantage Handstick that I mentioned above, you will have a few accessories that came in the box other than the main vacuum head.
These little accessories are perfect for dusting all types of surfaces in your home. You can use the extension bar for hard to reach places, like on top of cupboards, or go without the extension bar and use the vacuum as a hand-held for easy to reach spots.
I like to give my kids responsibility for dusting their own bedrooms and believe it or not it’s something they actually enjoy doing.