Tips to Making Housework Fun

Not only is housework with kids not fun, it’s near impossible.  You take 2 steps forward, and 10 steps back.  You catch up on the dozen loads of laundry, only to find another basketful waiting for you.  Cleaning with kids is a never ending run on the hamster wheel of housework.

It doesn’t help that I’m one of the rare people who actually enjoys cleaning.  It’s therapeutic for me.  But doing it with kids is not.  To save my sanity, I’ve come up with some ways to make doing housework with kids fun.  

Cleaning with Kids

Tip #1: Laundry Sorting Game

I dump all of the clean laundry in the middle of the living room.  I then set up a basket for each member of the family.  We play a game of separating the clothes into the correct baskets.  We might not accomplish folding anything (that usually has to wait until they’re sleeping), but at least we can put the clean clothes in the correct rooms to be folded and put away later.

Tips to Make Cleaning with Kids Fun

Tip #2: The 20 Minute Rule

I swear by the 20 minute rule.  By following this rule, I don’t work on one task for longer than 20 minutes at a time.  I set a timer on my phone and when it goes off we all know to move onto the next task.  We break up the 20 minute sessions by rooms and laundry.  i.e: 20 minutes cleaning the kitchen, 20 minutes of laundry, 20 minutes cleaning the dining room, etc.  It helps push us to clean as much as we can in each room.  Jackson loves when the alarm goes off!

Tips to Make Cleaning with Kids Fun

Tip #3: Kid-Friendly Products

I armor Jackson and Audrey with baby wipes and microfiber cloths to help me clean.  They’re safe and effective.  For children eager to spray dangerous chemicals, a simple spray bottle filled with water will do.  It’s fun for kids to help as much as possible.  (Discover more of my favorite cleaning products here.)

Tips to Make Cleaning with Kids Fun

Tip #4: Dance Party

Even the most mundane tasks are fun when you add some music.  In my opinion, you should never clean without a dance party.  It just wouldn’t be right.  We blast the Disney channel on Pandora and clean away.

Tips to Make Cleaning with Kids Fun

Tip #5: Rewards

When all else fails, I’m not against a little bribery.  To encourage the kids to help me clean, I reward them with a piece of candy after we complete each room.

Tips to Make Cleaning with Kids Fun

You can get it all done if you follow my daily cleaning checklist.

Photos courtesy of Brianna Rose Photography

Cleaning with Kids | 6 Tips to Make Housework Fun

26 thoughts on “Tips to Making Housework Fun

  1. I love your very real approach to cleaning. I’m not against bribery either…if it works, let’s use it to our advantage. Also, we LOVE dance parties, and sometimes we’ll set a timer to see if we can clean a certain room before the “bomb” goes off. The boys love that one.

    1. Love that you use the timer too! It’s amazing what you can get done in a short amount of time without any distractions?

  2. I absolutely love these tips!!! This post just makes me so happy because I think it’s so important to teach children the value of cleaning but this takes it even further and makes it fun! I never ever clean without music and I love the tip about doing everything in 20 minute blocks. This is really great!

  3. Yes! We love folding laundry together. I’m the mean mom that only lets her kids have screen time on the weekends. (Which is ironic that I’m a blogger and I’m on my screen non-stop!) But during the weeks, we watch an episode of Pioneer Woman or Fixer Upper while we have a folding party. My girls don’t mind laundry one bit now! AND I love cleaning against my timer, too. Chances are when the timer goes off, I’m motivated enough to just keep working and knock things off of my to-do list.

  4. These are great ideas! My older son (4) has learned how to fold the rags and small towels, so he loves to help with laundry if he gets to do that. And they also love to help with the dusting too.

    1. My son is 4 too and just started wanting to help “fold.” of course I have to redo everything when he’s not looking, but his efforts are sweet!

  5. Awesome tips! I have great memories from growing up of cleaning to music blasting in the background. With my little guy we make baskets with toys as he puts them in the containers they go in.

    1. Isn’t it fun that we’re carrying on family traditions? I hope our kids grow up to have the same memories. πŸ™‚

  6. These are all such great tips. My kids are 8 and 11 and I think next summer I am going to work on having them do more ‘chores’ that I normally do around the house. I feel this way I can cut down the time I’m cleaning by half and we’ll have more time to get outside and play! Plus, it’ll be less time they’re on those darn electronics!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

  7. These are all such great tips. My kids are 8 and 11 and I think next summer I am going to work on having them do more ‘chores’ that I normally do around the house. I feel this way I can cut down the time I’m cleaning by half and we’ll have more time to get outside and play! Plus, it’ll be less time they’re on those darn electronics!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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