With a family our size, we have learned quite a few things over the years about best cleaning practices, and even how to implement a cleaner daily life. We do involve the kids in a lot of it, but only at their skill level—and most of it is just about prioritizing and a base level of organizing (on our part). But we’ve also realized that this isn’t common knowledge for a lot of people. So here are our top (feasible) tips for keeping your family on top of the cleaning chaos…
Cleaning Tips for Families
Set up a cleaning routine
Though we don’t always follow a routine, it has definitely made life more predictable for both us and our kids when we have a set interval for certain things. Determining which days to do baths/showers, wipe down surfaces that aren’t cleaned daily, and do other things like vaccuum and clean bathrooms (even setting up a visible calendar specifically for this) can be a huge help in chunking messes out into manageable sections. We’ve found this as one of the best ways to keep things from getting out of hand.
Engage your kids in cleaning after every meal
You can give even little kids jobs to do like taking dishes to the dishwasher and helping wipe the table after mealtime. Bigger kids can sweep under the table, or (based on skill level) help wash bigger pots and pans that don’t go in the dishwasher. Making sure this happens after every meal lessens the amount of cleanup to be done each time, making it feasible for kids to help with, and lessening your load (while also giving them a sense of accomplishment).
Get kid-friendly cleaning tools
Another big tip is having kid-friendly cleaning tools on hand. I’m not just talking about kid-sized brooms, mops, etc—I’m talking about tools that actually work. That’s why we LOVE our new cleaning tools from Libman—they’re perfect for all of life’s messes (especially our kids’). It’s easy and quick for our 7-year-old to use the Precision Angle Broom & Dustpan after meals, and they help him get his job done many times faster than the majority of the other ones we’ve used. The Big Job Scrubbing Dish Wand makes it easy for our 5-year-old to help with the pots and pans (and takes even hardened food off in a flash!). The little ones love using the Flexible Microfiber Wand to take care of all the dust bunnies, too. Best of all, when the kids are in bed (and the other cleaning is done), I can mop the floor in a few minutes flat with the Freedom Spray Mop and Multi-Surface Cleaner, and it looks and smells beautiful.
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