Do you have a set list of tasks on hand that your preschoolers and kindergarteners can do to help around the house?
If your kids are anything like mine, they actually LOVE to help out and if the task involves a spray bottle well, they’re in!
I start cleaning and the kids inevitably come running in to ask what they can do. I have a few standby tasks … but I had never really taken the time to just nail down all of the things that they can do on their own now.
We’ve been testing out all sorts of Method cleaning products the last few weeks, so I had to get more creative than my usual list of 5 or 6 things they could do. Boy am I glad I did! We’ve been “cleaning like a mother” around here and our home is starting to sparkle because of it. Yes, we have even been singing the song.
Here’s the list I’ve come up with so far … it is by no means complete, but it’s a way better start than where we were. I’d love to hear what items your kids help out with and any additions you think I should add to this list. I’m happy to make a complete list after we’ve all discussed and reprint here for all to use.
Here’s a printable copy of the Chores for Kids chart as it is now. I left a few fields blank so you could add tasks of your own.
I’ve got three kiddos … so if I play my cards right, I’ll be carving out a big chunk of free time for myself! Yay, and having a squeaky clean house doesn’t hurt either. Watch out folks, we might start inviting folks over for dinner …
Method All Purpose Cleaner spray is available in a 28 oz. bottle and retails for around $3.99. It comes in a variety of fresh fragrances, including Clementine, Cucumber, French Lavender and Pink Grapefruit.
We usually use a handmade alternative to all-purpose sprays, but I must admit the kids got quite a kick out of the cute bottles and bright colors. (There’s even a unicorn on one of ours!) I think Method products are a great alternative to handmade ones, … if it helps get your family involved in the cleaning process — whatever works my friends. We’ve tried both the Clementine and Pink Grapefruit, Pink Grapefruit was our overall family favorite. Even my husband liked the fresh, clean scent.
I do love that Method All Purpose Cleaner comes in bottles made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic and are recyclable. I think we’ll be recycling ours for all sorts of things …. they would make great outdoor water blasters come summer.
** In the chore chart above, I say I let my kids scrub our bathtub and shower. I want to be clear, I use a handheld dish scrubber filled with 1/2 liquid soap and 1/2 vinegar. I let them go to town working up a lather and then we hose off all the bubbles. Shiny tubs for all!
One last thing, the folks at Method have been kind enough to give all my readers a $1 off coupon they can use to try out a new, fresh scent of their own. Use the code: APCBLOG at Method when you checkout to claim your coupon. There’s a handy button over there in my sidebar —> you can use too.