Cleaning for Children

Lynton Cleaning Services know children and a clean home don’t always mix and Lynton Cleaning services are always there to help with the daunting task of cleaning. But, your children can learn some basic skills that will help keep the house tidier. Here are some recommended tasks that kids could learn.

Helping with The Laundry

Kids as young as two-years-old begin to learn about sorting. In fact, young children often find that sorting items can be a fun game. Older toddlers can help putting away clothes. School-aged children can learn to fold laundry and begin to learn about loading and unloading the washer and dryer with supervision. Between the ages of 10 and 15, most children have matured enough to load the washing machine and dryer. If you begin teaching at a young age, by the time your child is 14 or 15, they will have learned the entire process of laundry, from sorting it to putting it away. Remember to keep laundry detergent away from young children.

Washing Dishes

Washing dishes seems like a never-ending task. Children who are taught properly can be a big help at washing dishes. Whether you are teaching your children to use a dishwasher or wash dishes by hand, the best way to start is with scraping and rinsing of plates. Even five-to-six-year olds can be taught how to scrape and rinse their plates. Seven-to-eight-year olds can help with drying and putting away dishes. By the age of ten, children would be ready to learn how to wash different types of dishes or load a dishwasher. Be sure to teach safety such as using hot water and washing sharp knives in a sink to using kitchen appliances such as the dishwasher. Tell them to set the knives aside instead of dumping them into hot soapy water where they would be impossible to see.

Make a Bed

It might be a dying art but learning how to make a bed is a valuable skill. It doesn’t mean children will always do it but at least they’ll know how. Start simply by showing children how to make their own bed when they are toddlers. Progress to letting them make the bed themselves and give them the freedom to arrange their pillows and stuffed animals the way they like.

Sweep a Floor

Sweeping a floor seems like a simple task. All you have to do is drag a broom across a floor. But effective sweeping is not always that simple and often takes some practice. Give a child a broom, and you are likely to see dirt flipping everywhere except in a pile. Slightly older children can begin to learn to sweep floors while younger children can hold a dustpan for a partner to sweep into giving them a sense of responsibility. As the children become older and more competent they can also learn to use other household appliances such as a vacuum and take responsibility of their bedrooms.

Mop a Floor

Learning to mop a floor is a task best suited for older children in their early teens. By this age most children will be old enough to learn to mop without much supervision. Teach children how to prepare mop water, how to wring out a mop, when to rinse a mop head, what to do with tough spots, how to rinse out a mop and bucket and how to store a mop. Be sure to give them instructions on how to mop different floor types you may have in your home. Children may think they’re being quite helpful when they start mopping unsealed hardwood with plenty of water. Remember different floors require different mopping techniques.

Removing Clutter

One of the most useful skills we can teach our children is one that can be difficult even for adults. Teaching children to declutter from a younger age can create a habit for them that they will carry forward in their lives. Let reluctant kids watch you declutter your own stuff. Share clutter questions aloud as you determine what to keep. Some kids might be motivated to donate unused items to less fortunate people. Other kids might be more motivated to sell clutter items with an adult help on eBay to save up for something else they really want.

Finally, the best motivation for a child to clean is reward, remember a little praise will go a long way for a child and encourage them to do it more often.

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