Spring Cleaning With Kids


Now that Liam and Stella are a little bit older (Happy 6th birthday Liam!), it’s important for them to learn how to be more responsible. Of course they’re already proving to be promising little chefs with their cooking skills. But Tori and I like to encourage them to help out around the house and learn how to pick up after themselves.

With spring just around the corner, I wanted to find some ways to have Liam and Stella help out with spring-cleaning. If you want to get your little ones involved with household chores, here are three tips that may help.

Make it a Game: Kids love to play, and turning spring-cleaning into a game is a great way to keep them interested. They won’t realize they are actually doing work because they will be too busy having fun. Check out some great games for kids to do chores.

Give Back: Teach your kids to give back by having them pick out and donate clothes they have outgrown, or toys they no longer play with. My mom taught me the importance of reaching out to others, and that’s a lesson I continue to instill in my own children. Help kids realize that giving back is very important, and in the process, they will feel good about it.

Reward the Work: A reward is always nice, and it shows your kids that you appreciate all their hard work. It doesn’t have to be anything big… their favorite dessert, a trip to the movies, or even a little present will all do.

How do you get your little ones to help out with spring-cleaning? Please share with me in the comments below.


Photo: ediTORIal 

  • Steph S

    When I was a kid, my parents encouraged me to donate my old toys. I never wanted to give them up, but I felt good that someone else was getting them. Great advice, Dean!

  • Steph

    My son and I just did a “spring” cleaning last weekend so you post is so timely. One big part of our cleanings is to clean out all the old toys and donate them to a friend of ours who works at an inner-city school. He really enjoys knowing that things he no longer plays with will go to kids that don’t have much and will really appreciate them. I have to agree that a little reward always helps and you are right it does not have to be big. He is 11 and just telling what a great job he did or how thankful the kids will be goes a long way!

  • Kendall Fisher

    Theres an app that is really fun for kids to use to keep track of chores and points/awards for doing them!! check it out: https://www.choremonster.com. ANyone ever heard of this before? Its pretty cool!

  • H. S. Bosley

    I have strange children. Every now and then they both just go on a cleaning spree – even the five-year old – without being asked. Other days, I have found that bribery works well!!! ;)

  • Mary Paul

    I’ve always believed it’s important to teach kids to do chores at home and get back to the community. My kids are in college now and they have taken what they learned and have applied it to being organized in school and with their many activities. They are now tutoring other kids and getting paid. How cool is that! I’ve been blessed to have two wonderful colleges kids and great husband. Dean keep up the great job you are doing. Tori and the kids are blessed to have such a wonderful man like you in their life’s.

  • Dean McDermott

    The other day Liam and Stella came into the kitchen skating on face clothes. One on each foot. When I asked them what they were up to, they said they were “skate cleaning the floors”. I laughed and let them carry on cleaning with face clothes. I didn’t want to discourage them. The face clothes can always be washed or replaced. I’m curious as to what is next. Beach towel bob sledding . . . ?