When you think of summer with the kids, chores probably aren’t the first thing you think of but they can be a way to spend time together and cross some things off your to do list. These summertime cleaning tips of ours are part of our partnership with Merry Maids. All opinions and experiences are our own and these chore tips are a great way to get kids involved this summer!
Summertime Cleaning Tips
During the summer, chores just might start taking a backseat to fun things like vacations, pool visits, and playing outside. But Merry Maids, the nation’s largest home cleaning company and a business unit of ServiceMaster, has something to help busy parents with summertime cleaning tips!
The Merry Maids Kid Ambassador program helps parents find fun and creative ways to get the kids involved in getting things done around the house. By turning chores into games and offering little rewards, it’s easy to get your kids involved and help them take more responsibility!
Chore Chart Choice
Splitting up the chores is one of the best ways to get things done, especially when everyone wants to be outside enjoying the summer. Merry Maids has put together a wonderful chore chart with age-appropriate chores for different age groups. From age two through the teenage years, the chart has ideas for all of your kids!
There are some great ways to use the Merry Maids Kid Ambassador Chore Chart in your home!
- Have your kids choose a chore from their age group each day. For some kids, being able to choose what they do is enough to get them involved. If you laminate the chore chart, you can use a dry erase marker to cross out each one as they do it so they can’t choose the same one easy day!
- Add in some imaginative play while you do chores. Don’t be afraid to pretend with your kids. Let them pretend to be the parents and you be the kid. Pretend you work at a restaurant or a dry cleaners depending on the job you’re getting done!
- Be flexible. Let the older kids pick their chore(s) for the day and give them a certain amount of time. Then let them plan their own time.
- Mary Ann Jernigan, Merry Maids expert, suggests having each chore equal a dollar amount kids can earn and spend on their favorite things. If kids stick to the chart and complete chores for a week, take them on a fun field trip.
- Make each child their own cleaning kit with all of the supplies they need to get the job done. It makes it more fun to have your own supplies. Carrigan loves her cleaning kit!
Merry Maids has even more tips for making chore time more fun this summer!
Post Play Date Fun
Summer can be a busy time full of keeping kids busy, play dates, water play, and snacks. That means there might be a few more messes to clean up too! If you don’t get the kids helping after all of the fun, you might find yourself spending even more time cleaning than usual. Try one of these play date clean up ideas:
- Control It – Make sure that each activity is cleaned up before moving on to another. And if you’re using things like playdough, play sand, or other art supplies, consider giving each child a smaller container to play in. Containing the mess is one of the best ways to make clean up easier!
- Kiddie Race – Challenge the kids to see who can clean up the fastest. If you have a stopwatch or timer, challenge them to finish a certain job before the time runs out. Kids love to race!
- Dance Party – Using music to encourage kids to clean up a room is a great way to make it fun. Challenge them to help you clean up the space before the song ends. But you have to dance and have fun the whole time too!
- Craft and Snacks Spills – Got glitter everywhere? Give your child a lint roller! Juice or ice pop stains mean its time to break out the ice cubes. Have the kids rub the cloth with them to help get them out!
Everything Must Go
Decluttering has been the name of the game for me the past few months. It started with the playroom and I’ve made it to the toys in the living room. I need to do the other side of the living room cabinets and the master bedroom. Even though I have quite a bit left to do, it’s so refreshing!
- Decision Making – Let your kids be involved in the decluttering by letting them help make some decisions. Using bins labeled trash, keep, and sell/donate is a great way to encourage them to make decisions about the things that they really want to keep. You can also place a limit on the number of items they can keep. For example, keep one, get rid of two, etc.
- For Sale – if you’re into yard sales, think about hosting a family one! Take your basket of sell items and have everyone contribute to the sale. The kids can make flyters, help set up, and even help run the sale! You can let them spend some of the money earned on a treat for themselves but then use the rest for a special family treat of some sort!
Hopefully the Merry Maids Kid Ambassador summertime cleaning tips will help you and your kids get excited about getting chores done. But if you find yourself needing some extra help, Merry Maids cleaning experts are ready to create home cleaning plans customized for each household’s needs to ensure a consistent, reliable and thorough cleaning process every time.