Just because your child is small in size does not mean your child can not help out with the household chores. Giving your child simple chores will help teach your child life skills and responsibility. Even the smallest task can give your child a sense of accomplishment. Although, the end result may not be perfect, it’s the process that’s important. Below are 10 easy chores for kids 10 and under.
Allow your child to collect the mail each day. Designate a mail station or collection basket for the mail. If your child is older, your child can also sort the mail by household recipient or help toss junk mail in the recycle bin.
Unload the Dishwasher
Have your child unload the dishwasher. Make sure the dishes are completely dry and are not too hot. If your child is not old enough to put the dishes away, the child can sit them on the table or counter. Make sure knives and other sharp items are safely put away.
Empty the Small Trash Cans
As discussed in my free 5 Days to An Organized Life & Home email course, each room should have a small waste basket. Have your child empty the small trash cans from each room. You can reuse plastic grocery shopping bags as trash bags for each can. This will make trash collection easy.
Feed and Water the Pets
Taking care of pets is a great opportunity for our children to learn about responsibility. They will learn the importance of proving needed items to another living creature.
Sweep the Kitchen Floor
Allow your child to sweep the kitchen floor while you’re cleaning the kitchen each day. Consider their initial sweep a “pre-sweep.” More likely, you may have to resweep the floor to make sure all debris and dust has been picked up.
Collect the dirty towels
Dirty towels are just like dirty dishes… They are never completely gone. You child can toss his or her dirty towels in a designated collection basket.
Clear toys and shoes from the common areas
Having children means having children’s toys, clothes, and shoes in the common areas of your home. Designate 15 minutes a day for your children to remove their items from the common areas. This will save tons of time on the weekend. Each day, the common area will be reset back to its original organized state.
Makeup their Beds
Teaching your child to make their bed everyday is a lesson your child can use for a lifetime. The bed doesn’t have to be made perfectly. Simply pull the covers up and toss the pillows on top.
Sort their own clothes
Although your child may not be allowed to use the washer & dryer, they can still help with their laundry. Establish a day for them to sort their laundry into sections. You can also show them how to hang their clothes or put small items like socks and t-shirts in their drawers.
Maintaining a Clean Bedroom
Starting with a clean bedroom (with your help), allow a few minutes each night for the child to keep their room clean. This can include picking up toy cars, dolls, games, or the child’s dirty PJs from the corner of the room. By starting with a clean room, they will know what the room is “supposed” to look like. If a small amount of time is used each day to maintain the room, it will not get messy.
I hope you found these tips helpful. I would love to hear other ways you include your children with your household chores. If you need help getting your home and life organized, register for my free “5 Days to an Organized Home & Life” email course. You’ll receive tips and suggestions for five days and a copy of my eBook. You can register for the free course Here.
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