Want to get the house deep cleaned and get the kids to help? Here are five legit (and fun) ways the kids can help you with the big clean-up jobs.
What you do: Remove all food for a complete wipe down of the fridge shelves and drawers.
What the kids do: Find the expiration date on labels and sort out expired items and fuzzy foods.
Junk drawer makeover
What you do: Empty and clean the drawer, replace items that belong.
What the kids do: Put toys and belongings in the right place, test the charge of stray batteries, throw away garbage, collect change and keep it!
What the kids do: Gather all random toys and trinkets around the house. Sort toys into two piles: 1. What I play with, 2. What I don't play with.
What you do: When the kids aren't home, recycle or throw away all the toys in pile #2 and half the toys in pile #1.
Wiping and Dusting
What you do: Prepare a spray bottle of mild/natural cleaner; dust shelves containing fragile items.
What the kids do: Use the spray bottle and washcloth to wipe windowsills, dust the top edge of the baseboards, wipe walls and door frames.
Paper clutter control
What you do: Remove unnecessary files, old bills, magazines and phonebooks
What the kids do: Shred sensitive papers, carry paper trash to recycling bin