It’s important to teach kids to contribute around the house. We’re raising future adults that will have responsibilities of their own, so it’s great to instill a habit of helpfulness and cleanliness at a young age. Here are 25 ways little kids can help around the house.
One of the great realities I’ve figured out as a mom to multiple kiddos is that I just can’t do it all. For real, I can’t and I am okay with that. I prioritize time spent with the kids over keeping a clean and tidy house. That doesn’t mean we live in a pig sty (although some days it feels that way!), but it does mean that I never dust, the windows only get cleaned if my husbands or son does it, and I have way too many coffee splatters on cupboard doors.
I have a basic level of cleanliness I like to maintain, and one way we get there as a family is getting the kids involved. We’ve done this ever since they were little because our kids are mimics and want to do all the things we do, plus it’s good to teach them! Here are 25 ways we get our little kids involved to help around the house.
I encourage you to start them young, know that when they are really little you will have to help and teach them (which is a fantastic use of time together), but you will sure reap the benefits later! My 6 year old can help me so much around the house – imagine YOU never having cleaning a bathroom again! #momwin
25 Ways Little Kids Can Help Around The House
Put toys and books away
Bring dirty laundry to the laundry basket
Throw garbage away
Fold laundry (start simple with towels and advance to clothes)
Find sock matches
Unload dish washer
Set the table
Clear the table
Feed and refill water for pets
Organize shoe closet
Make their bed
Wipe table after meals (we’ve been making and using this homemade natural cleaner for YEARS)
Wipe up spills and messes
Unload and put groceries away
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Sometimes my kids moan and groan about helping, but instead of me forcing it on them, we turn it into a conversation about how everyone helps out in the family. We don’t have set chores for each kid to do every day. Instead we just focus on how everyone can help daily, because as a family we all work together. So far it’s worked well for us!
Do your kids have a favorite task they like to help with? Hunter’s is cleaning windows, Zoe’s is folding laundry and Nova loves to sweep!