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Spring Cleaning: Age-Appropriate Chores For Kids

Spring Cleaning is something the whole family can get involved with, even the kids. Check out these age-appropriate chores for kids to help get them involved when spring cleaning this year.

I can't believe that spring is already here again. But, I'm glad it is as this is one of my favorite times of the year.

I love how everything starts coming back to life, which in turn makes me get spring cleaning fever even though cleaning has never been one of my favorite things to do.

I think one reason I don't overly care for cleaning is because it's not something I ever really learned as a kid.

Sure, I eventually taught myself how to use the vacuum, mop the floor, and do my own laundry, but I was never really taught the best way to clean the bathroom and kitchen, or how appliances should be deep cleaned, etc.

I'm so thankful to live in the age of Google so I can ask any cleaning question and get an answer in seconds!

Anyway, because of this, I think it's super important kids get involved in cleaning at an early age so I wanted to share some age-appropriate chores for kids with a focus on spring cleaning today.

Spring Cleaning: Age-Appropriate Chores For Kids

Tip: Having the cleaning supplies ready to go in an easy to carry caddy helps kids stay focused on the task and be ready to clean.

Why It's Important To Get Kids Involved In Cleaning

We all hope that our kids will be super successful and make enough money to live more than comfortably, perhaps even comfortable enough to afford a housekeeper.

But, in case they don't, or just want to save that money for other things, it's important they start learning to clean now. Starting at an early age will help cleaning become a lifelong habit for a safe and healthy home.

It also helps kids understand that there isn't a magical cleaning fairy that comes in overnight to clean up after them. It also gives them a sense of responsibility by being in charge of something, all while learning the value of hard work and contributing to a household.

Just remember to be patient and positive as kids will likely take some time to learn to clean to your normal standards.

Products To Have On Hand For Kids To Clean With

While it's important to teach kids how to clean, we also need to remember that it's important that they learn cleaning safety. Some cleaning solutions can be toxic, especially when mixed together, while products like vacuums may take a little practice to learn to use properly. Here are some safe products to have on hand while helping your kids learn to clean.

  • Gloves
  • Soft towels or paper towels - I really like Viva Towels because while they clean well, they're also super soft to be gentle on kid's skin and a variety of surfaces
  • Gentle cleaners like basic detergent and vinegar (Tip: put kid-friendly cleaners in a specific color of bottle, which is the only color they are allowed to use)
  • Scrub brushes
  • A caddy to put all the items in to make them easy to carry around the house

Spring Cleaning: Age-Appropriate Chores For Kids

Tip: Kids love things that are just for them, and even more so if it's personalized. Having bright, colorful bins with their name on them just might help motivate them to put toys and books away.

Spring Cleaning: Age Appropriate Chores For Kids

Here are some spring cleaning chore ideas for kids based on their general age. Keep in mind the maturity and abilities of your children before assigning chores they can safely complete. You know your kids best!

Spring Cleaning Chores For Ages 3 - 4

  • Pick up toys and books
  • Dust small furniture
  • Put dirty laundry in hamper

Spring Cleaning Chores For Ages 5 - 6

  • All of the above plus:
  • Wipe down baseboards/lower cabinets w/ soapy water
  • Wipe down lower windows
  • Gather trash

Spring Cleaning Chores For Ages 7 - 9

  • All of the above plus:
  •  Sweep
  • Sort and put away winter clothing
  • Pull weeds from gardens
  • Wipe down counters and tables

Spring Cleaning Chores For Ages 10 - 11

  • All of the above plus:
  • Clean up outdoor furniture
  • Water gardens/flowers
  • Vacuum
  • Wipe down appliances
  • Help wash cars

Spring Cleaning Chores for Ages 12+

  • All of the above plus:
  • Mop
  • Clean out the refrigerator
  • Discard old pantry items
  • Take out trash
  • Clean bathrooms

Spring Cleaning: Age-Appropriate Chores For Kids

What are some ways you have your kids get involved with spring cleaning?

Spring Cleaning: Age-Appropriate Chores For Kids