I divided the girls up. Sydney basically begged to clean the toilet. Um, ok sure. Have at it. Brooklyn wanted the sink. They actually did a really good job on their bathroom. They had so much fun. Who knew? Wish I would've started it earlier.
So here is my tip to get your kids to enjoy cleaning. Give them their own cleaning buckets or pails. Here's what you need:
1 bucket or pail
1 "magic wand"
1 sponge or rag
1 water bottle filled with water
an apron (optional)
You may have all the supplies you need already in your home. If not, you can create a bucket for around $5-$20 depending on how elaborate you want to get. Here's my cost breakdown.
Pail: $1 at Target.
"Magic wands": $2.99 at Target.
Rags: I already had them. Two pack from Trader Joes.
Water bottle: $1 at Ikea
Aprons (not pictured): Already had them
My total cost: $4 per bucket
Here's another tip. Fill the water bottle with plain old water. That way they can clean almost about anything and if they decide to have an impromptu water fight, it's not a big deal.
For the magic wand, I use half vinegar and half liquid soap. I love it. It works fantastically and it's non toxic for the kids.
A bit of caution. If you are a control freak like me, let me give you one piece of advice, Let it go! Chances are they will end up making more of a mess for you to clean up, but you know what, it's all worth it to see them learn and grow. They are not perfect. Far from it, but as I watched them clean my bathroom tonight, I got a small glimpse of the beautiful mothers they will make one day. My other piece of advice is stay close by. I was downstairs when they got started and by the time I got to my bathroom, here is what I saw.
So I had to give them a few rules, like don't climb up on a slippery counter. Yikes. Do you have any great ways you get your children to help around the house? I'd love to hear about them.