Here are three easy steps to get your kids to help clean your house.   Use these strategies to help take the mean out of “Clean!” with free printables like job charts, chores by age worksheet, and even a reward chart. This is the second installment of our How to Clean series here on Tip Junkie.  Last week, I gave you a free printable Stain Removal Guide to hang in your laundry room.  Today, we are learning how to teach our kids how to help clean your home with these 3 steps:
  1. Set your child up for success by picking age-appropriate chores.
  2. Keep chores easy and make your expectations clear.
  3. Find a reward system that encourages your child and works with your busy life.
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Step 1:  What Can Kids Do?

The first thing you want to do is find out what  Chores At What Age? So here is a free printable list of what {most} kids  are capable of doing at each age with the purpose of training them to be independent.  It's  from Merrilee Boyack’s book “The Parenting Breakthrough.” The list was published years ago, but I think it's still a great baseline according to development and motor skill.   Obviously, each child is different and it is up to parent discretion on what chores you end up assigning them to do. {wink} Printable Chore Chart

Step 2:  Spell It Out!

Once you've decided what chores you're going to have each kiddo do every week.  The next step is to teach them exactly how to do it.  Keep it easy and make your expectations clear. I just adore this Room-By-Room Printable Checklist from Becki.  After homework, hand each child their own job card.  They check off the jobs throughout the week and at the end of seven days you will have a relatively clean house.  Each card has a reminder at the bottom, "If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right!"   {true dat!} ?how to clean your house

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Step 3:  Reward, Don't Bribe

To clarify:  A bribe is when you give the treat  BEFORE the chore.  A reward is when you give a treat AFTER the chore.  So find a fun and easy way to keep track of your kiddos hard work so that you can give them some extra encouragement with a little reward. The Tip Junkie Printables site has TONS of free Chore Charts for kids. If you have toddlers, Emily's Way To Go Reward chart is my favorite.  If you have older kids, what about this fun ice-cream cone sticker chart.  I love the idea of going out to ice-cream as a family every week to celebrate a job well done!

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How To Clean Series:

1.  Stain Removal Guide {free printable} 2.  3 Steps To Take The Mean Out of "Clean!" {printable job charts} 3.  Find A Cleaning Schedule That Works for YOU! {4 printable checklists} 4.  How To Make Your Cleaning Closet Cute! Disclaimer: How to clean series is sponsored by GreatCleaners.com. All opinions and cleaning methods are my own. {wink}