Parent Tips: Get Your Kids Cleaning
- Make a cleaning bucket: Put all the cleaning products, supplies and tools required in a bucket, and place it in a spot that’s close to the kids’ rooms and easy to access. It’s easier to start cleaning if you don’t have to spend time gathering supplies.
- Make it personal: ask your children for their feedback on the furniture arrangement in the home, and if they want to, help them rearrange and redecorate, then deep-clean the places where the furniture was before! They’re going to take more responsibility for a room they believe is entirely theirs.
- Offer to help: If your children are exhausted or unmotivated, they may just need a little help occasionally. Tell them you’re going to support them for a couple of minutes, and they can help you out later by doing part of a job you’ve decided to do. A few minutes is always only enough to get them started on the route.
Kids’ Room Organization Tips
- Whether you’re a kid or a parent, follow these tips for effortless kids’ room organization!
- First, ensure that there are ample storage bins, containers or shelving in the space to store all toys, hobby materials, clothing, and other items that contribute to clutter. As long as each object has a designated “home” and objects are kept together, children of any age can learn where their things belong
- In a way that they understand best, older kids should mark or color-code their storage areas. For any child who can’t read yet, color-coding alone might be a better choice. For inexpensive organizers, here are a few suggestions.
Children’s Room Organizers
- Plastic drawer units: For simple, color-coded organization, these cheap pieces of furniture can be purchased in different colors.
- Upcycled containers: For free or cheap crates, search your nearest grocery store or thrift shops. These can be lined up and numbered, or to make a cool shelving device, you can stack them and nail them together.
- Under-bed storage: To store things under the bed, get long tubs. Let’s be honest, things are going to end up below there anyway! There is some under-bed storage fitted with wheels.
- Vertical storage choices: coat and jacket racks, toy or decorative display shelves, and hanging shoe organizers are all great options for vertical space use. Find what works for the rooms of your children.
- How to Clean
Baby Toys, Plush Toys & Other Toys
- It is important to clean toys at least once a month: children drag them around the floor, leave them outside, and place them in their mouths if they are toddlers or babies. It’s a kid getting sick from a filthy bath toy or a secondhand stuffed animal if there’s one thing that’s not fun. While Molly Maid cleaning professionals do not provide toy cleaning services, we have all the tips you need to keep the toys safe and good-looking in your home.
- In the washing machine, clean plush or hard plastic toys: Many plush toys are only a whirl away from being as good as new. Just make sure to first search the labels for special instructions for washing. To make their beloved sock monkey unrecognizable, no one wants the wrong water temperature or dryer environment. To prevent them from clunking around, place hard plastic or smaller toys inside a mesh bag or pillowcase. It’s best to wash different loads of plastic and soft toys.
- Clean hard toys in the dishwasher: Place them in the dishwasher and let the detergent and hot water do the disinfecting work for you if you want to clean plastic or other hard toys (but not wood). You should apply a half-cup of bleach or vinegar to the dishwasher for extra cleaning strength if you’re washing toys alone.
- Clean hard toys by hand: With hot water and your usual dish detergent, you can wash toys in the sink. We recommend that you add a half-cup of bleach, or a few cups of white or apple cider vinegar, per gallon of water if you are soaking your toys in the sink. Let the toys soak, rinse, and then air dry for about five minutes.
- Clean wooden toys with vinegar: This approach works well for wooden toys or any other hard toy. Fill a spray bottle with the same amount of white vinegar and water. Sprinkle the vinegar solution with the dirty toys and let them sit for about 15 minutes. To eliminate the residual vinegar smell, be sure to wash away any leftover vinegar-water solution. You can still do an extra water-only rinse/spritz and dry when they smell of vinegar anyway.
- Clean electronics with rubbing alcohol: When you clean them, electronics like tablets or phones shouldn’t get wet, but they also need to be sanitized. Remove any covers or cases, and dust them off with a barely-wet microfiber cloth. Then wipe down gently to remove dirt, grime, and germs using rubbing alcohol on a cloth (or an alcohol wipe). Let dry completely before placing cases and covers back on.
- Sometimes, clean outdoor toys: visitors can have small gyms, sandboxes, playhouses, and other outdoor toys, such as birds, bugs, rodents, and pets, making E. A Coliconcern. Sanitize these with a spray sanitizer on a regular basis, sanitizing wipes, or just the ol ‘”driveway carwash” treatment with hot, soapy water and a good garden hose rinse.
Age-Appropriate Chores for Kids
- -Curious about what activities for your children are age-appropriate? Consider these choices and, depending on how your child reacts, play it by ear. If your baby likes to vacuum, congratulations! But generally to see what chores offer your kids meaning without exhausting them is more of a juggling act. When you have a good list of activities that your kids can complete and be proud of, make a calendar so that they can cross off assignments.
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