OK, so our spring cleaning is definitely not worthy of a Martha Stewart checklist. In fact, our spring cleaning since having a child may be other peoples' everyday cleaning! So getting the kids involved, even if it's not perfect, is a great idea.
• Make a funny or interesting to-do list of all of the chores that need to get done. They have a few themes over at Scholastic like Surf and Turf, but you can also create a funny poem for the smaller kids or add a reward after every few items on the list.
• Keep cleaning sessions short and play music. You may even want to pull out the kitchen timer to make things more interesting. It's amazing how much can get done in five minutes. Plus, once you start, sometimes you just keep going.
• Look for chores specific to your child's age. This is common sense, and just keep in mind that even if it's not up to your standard, it's worth it to teach your child to help out.
• Paint your child's room. This is such a great idea, because as they say at Scholastic, there's built in cleaning that will have to happen here. Your child, depending on their age, might be much more motivated to clean and purge if he or she's getting a mini room makeover in the form of a fresh coat of paint.
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