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5 Important Reasons Why Your Kids Should Clean

5 Important reasons why your kids should clean

My Three-year old has known how to use a vacuum since she was one and a half. She helps me do laundry, clean the kitchen and fold towels. She was taught at a very young age that she needs to clean up after herself. I can ask this girl if she wants to help me clean and her answer will always be, “YEAH! I love cleanin!” She does more than what other kids her age would do. (She does have an OCD mama, who loves a clean house.) I’ve been told, “Why do you have your kids clean so young?” and, “They are just kids, let them have fun.” Well, I will tell you why my three-year old already cleans up after herself and cleans with me. ONE: I don’t want her thinking it’s okay to trash anything without there being consequences. TWO: I also don’t want her thinking it’s okay to destroying other people’s houses either and things. And THREE: From day ONE, you are teaching your kids. You are teaching them what love is, what caring is. Then they learn what respect is and how to be independent and responsibility is. It’s just ridiculous to not teach them something while they are young and their brains are sponges. Makes no sense. 

What everyone does in their own house is not my business, but think about it this way… What favors are you really doing for your kids if you aren’t teaching them how to be more self-reliant, respectful and responsible? Absolutely NOTHING. You are ;ruining them. I’m not saying give them full on chores every single day. None of my kids have daily chores. They just know that if they make a mess, they clean it up. I am preparing my kids for when they go to other’s houses, school, college and just adult life. It’s just common sense to teach your kids this really. There’s just no excuse for it really. Them not doing it right is not an excuse… How else are they going to learn to do it right if they don’t do it wrong first? 

A lot of parents just don’t even know where to start with assigning chore tasks to what ages, so I have created a guideline to help y’all out. 

1. Chores help kids learn responsibility and self-reliance

Assigning your kids tasks around the house teaches them responsibility. Chores that personally affect your kids such as cleaning up their room/toys and doing/helping with their laundry can help them become more self-reliant at the same time. It also gives them something to be proud of themselves for-that they are mature enough to take care of themselves.

2. Respect 

You don’t fully know how much your parents do for you until you’ve left home and are now doing everything for yourself. Giving kids chores to do will  reinforce respect for the ones that care for them. They will become more aware of the messes they make if they are assigned to cleaning tasks around the house and have more respect for the work that goes into maintaining a household. 

3. Chores help teach life skills

your kids won’t be young forever. In just a blink of an eye, they grow so fast. Eventually, they will be out on their own or in situations where they have to know how to do things for themselves. It’s your job as a parent to provide them with that knowledge of how to take care of themselves. They are going to learn to do that if you always do everything for them. When they are out on their own, they will need to have learned how to do their laundry, cook, and just how to maintain a home. Not all of this is taught in school, therefore it is your job. You aren’t doing your kids any favors if they are 10 years old and you’re cleaning up their toys, or doing their laundry. You are then at that point teaching them that they will have someone to do these things for them. you are suppose to teach them how to be an essential part of society.

4. There are consequences

This is important. Like super important. Think about this. You teach your kids right from wrong. You teach them that they need to take responsibility for themselves. These life skills are going to be used for the rest of their lives! They need to know that there are consequences for everything they do. Obviously the consequences differ in different situations. Action: They don’t take care of their toys/stuff. Consequence: Their toys/stuff get broken or lost. Action: They don’t clean up after themselves at someone else’s house. Consequence: They may not be wanted over there anymore because they have no respect. The action and consequence thing can fall on the parents as well. Action: Not teaching your kids to clean up after themselves and to take care of their toys. Consequence: They more than likely won’t do it at someone else’s house and that’s pretty embarrassing for you as a parent. Action: They aren’t taught basic life skills growing up. Consequence: You might be the one doing their laundry, and making their bed and catering to them after they should of already moved out. 

5. Help improve time management skill’s

Chores can help older kids and teenagers build good habits early. It teaches them to set priorities and manage time. Think about it this way, if they were taught at a young age to just pick up after themselves instead of leaving it and contributing to the mess, then they would save time and not have to handle an even bigger mess later. 

 

There are chore tasks that are appropriate for each age group. My daughter is three and has known how to use a full sized vacuum since she was one and a half though. 

Chore list per age group (1)

 

There should be no reason at all why your kids can’t help clean up, especially if they’ve contributed to the mess. If you continue to do everything for them, they will never learn. This is a rule in my house. My girls know that they have to clean up their room when they are done playing in there, as well as other kids that play in there, they have to clean up their own mess too, or there’s no playing. 

 

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CLEAN FREAK SERIES: 7 useful kitchen hacks

 

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The kitchen is probably the most cluttered room in the house because there are so many little things in there. In my case, there’s always random things that don’t belong in there because the boys in my house think it’s okay to put their dirty, sweaty hats, change, clothing and whatever else doesn’t belong in the kitchen, in the kitchen as well as not putting ANYTHING back where it should go. Hence why my kitchen is always cluttered.
It’s also cluttered because we like to cook, so we have spices, utensils, and pans galore. Sometimes we have no place to put things, hence why I’m doing this post.

 

Organizing

 

Cupboard door spice storage:  Spices
I haven’t done this one yet, but my sister texted this idea to me the other day. You can get everything at the dollar store.
What you’ll need:
– 3-5 little baskets.
– Sticky wall hooks.
That’s all. I’ll be doing this in the next few days!

 

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Almost everyone I know stores their cleaning stuff under the kitchen sink, so if you do to, this is for you.
What you’ll need:
– Small curtain rod
– Magazine holders
– Traveling shower caddy
The shower curtain is to hang your cleaning  product spray bottles on, the magazine holder is for non spray cleaning products to stay nice and organized and the shower caddy is for your smaller cleaning supplies such as sponges and brushes. This will make it easier to find what you need, when you need it.

Canned goods organizer: MR[1]
We’re going to use something that I’ve already mentioned for this hack. Magazine holders hold cans pretty good and you can keep all of one kind together. The magazine holders can also be used to hold your fruit.

 

 

Cleaning

Stove burners:
We all know that the stove burners are the biggest pain to clean, right? I’ll be honest, I gave up on cleaning them for a while until I found this hack.
What you’ll need:
– Stove burner parts (Obviously)
– Gallon sized zip-locked backs (4)
– Ammonia
pour a splash of ammonia in the bags, add your stove parts and leave sitting on your counter overnight. Rinse off with soapy sponge and that should take all the grease and stuck on crap off.

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Microwave:
This has to be the next pain in the rear thing in the kitchen. I hate cleaning the microwave, because again, I have a teenage boy who doesn’t think it’s necessary to clean up his mess that he made in the microwave, so when I get to it, it’s week old cooked, stuck on food. This hack has made my life easier when it comes to cleaning the microwave.
– Warm up half a cup of water, 3 tablespoons of vinegar and some lemon juice in a microwave safe bowl for a few minutes. The stuck on food should wipe right off and it’ll smell like lemons. Yes, I really love lemons.

Wooden cutting boards:
We all need to keep our cutting boards clean and germ free and here’s how to do that.
-Cut a lemon
(Yes, more lemons!) in half and squeeze half all over your wooden cutting board. Spread the lemon juice around with that same lemon half. Sprinkle coarse salt over the board and use the other lemon half to scrub the salt in. Use paper towels to wipe off your cutting boards. This method cleans and deodorizes your wood cutting boards.

Bar keepers friend: bar_keepers_friend_1[1]
This is a cleaning product that I swear by and can do a ton of jobs. You can use this for polishing stainless steel appliances, clean stove tops, pots and pans, sinks, and even toilets and bathtubs! Once you try it, I swear, this is all you’ll use. I love it! I love the fact that you can clean so many things with it and your pots and pans!!

 

 

919CJMlHfNL[1]Yes, I really love lemons. The smell, taste and all the benefits of them. I even drink lemon infused water daily. For all my fellow lemon lovers, there’s a sink strainer at the Everything 99 cents store that is lemon scented and I just love it. It keeps your sink smelling lemon fresh. Lemon scented garbage bags are a must as well! In the near future, I will be doing a give away of some cleaning items… possibly lemon scented ones.
If you like my Clean Freak Series so far, please give it a like and/or a comment/share. If you’d like to see a hack for something specific, let me know in the comments below.

 

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CLEAN FREAK SERIES: Toddler Mom’s favorites

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Hey, I’m glad you’re still here reading my clean freak series. This post is a little different. Instead of cleaning hacks, I’m sharing my favorite products and solutions that I use to accomplish the hacks with. I prefer to use my homemade solutions as there are no harsh chemicals, but I do use some store bought cleaners as well. First on the list is….

Spic And Span

I use this for a quick clean on counters just to kill the germs and keep the surfaces clean and smelling good.  Yes, they have lemon scent, and yes, I have it.

Baking soda & Vinegar

If you have carpet and kids and/or animals, this natural solution is for you. This solution is a life saver when it comes to gross smells that are embedded in your carpet.
-Mix some baking soda and vinegar in a bowl until you get a paste. Apply paste to carpet and leave it there until it’s dry and then vacuum it up. OROR ELIMINATED.

All purpose cleaner

This is what I use on surfaces that my kids use on a daily basis, because it’s chemical free. Mix one cup of vinegar and one cup of water in spray bottle and that’s it. You can add essential oils for scent if you’d like.

Window cleaner

I definitely like this better than windex or any other store bought window cleaner.  Mix one cup of rubbing alcohol, one tablespoon of vinegar and on cup of water in a spray bottle. Use newspaper to wipe clean instead of paper towels.

Cleaning wipes

I love love love these.
What you’ll need:
– One pound coffee canister with plastic lid
– Paper towel roll
– Sharp knife
– 1/2 cup of vinegar
– 1/4 cup of water
– 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol
– One teaspoon of liquid dish soap
– 10 drops of LEMON essential oils (Or your choice)
– Needle
– Scissors
-Spray paint (Optional)

Directions:

One: Spray paint in and outside of can to decorate. This will also keep the can from rusting as fast.
Two: Cut paper towel roll in half and squish half in the can and save the other half for next time.
Three: Mix together the vinegar, dish soap, rubbing alcohol, and water in a small bowl. Add several drops of essential oils.
Four: Slowly pour the liquid over the paper towels. Once they are saturated, carefully remove the cardboard center and pull paper towels from the middle.
Five: Press a craft needle through the center of the plastic lid several times, then fit scissors through to cut a circle from the center.
Six: Feed the paper towel through, and secure it to the can. Add drops of water occasionally to keep wipes moist.

 

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Bar keepers friend

This stuff is amazing. You can clean just about anything this, including pots and pans. It gets them looking new again. You can clean the stove with this as well. It works amazing on the stove top.

Magic erasers

When you have kids, this is a must! This gets crayons off the wall and tables. Since my husband is a mechanic, his hands are always greasy and black, so of course, so are our walls. The magic eraser cleans all of this off of everything.

Air freshener spray

I love making my own air freshener sprays.
Ingredients:

-1 cup of water
-1/4 cup of witch hazel
-5 to 7 drops of lavender essential oil
-5 to 7 drops of lemon essential oil
-Reusable spray bottle
Instructions:
1. Fill spray bottle with water & witch hazel
2. Add essential oils and then cover with spray nozzle.
3. Shake the bottle for a few seconds before each use.

There are so many scents you can make air freshener sprays with. Of course, Lemon is my favorite.

These are all some of my favorites and I swear by them all. As you can tell, I learn more towards the homemade, natural route because I’m allergic to a lot of cleaners.
I hope you like my list of favorites. If you did, feel free to tell me which one’s you can use in the comments below.

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