Words of Wisdom: 10 Posts About Keeping a Clean House with Kids

updated Jul 16, 2020
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You know you’re a parent when you look forward to free time…so you can clean your house. When my husband takes both kids to the playground, do I flop on the couch, queue up some Netflix and relax? No, I rush around vacuuming, sweeping and picking up toys —gladly— because it’s so much easier to do without little kids underfoot (especially my 15-month-old who seems to undo everything as I do it).

If you, too, struggle to keep your house in respectable order (I’m not talking about winning a Good Housekeeping award, just…hygienic), here are 10 posts from our archives which share wisdom, advice and strategies for getting housework done with kids around and getting kids to help with housework. Your couch awaits…

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→ Just How Much Should Little Kids Clean?

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→ Spring Cleaning Checklist: Family Edition

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→ Rebecca’s Cure: Getting the Kids Involved

→ Tips for Teaching Kids to Clean Up After Themselves

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→ One Simple Step Toward Keeping a Cleaner House With Little Kids

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