I like to keep my home really clean. But with three little mess-makers running around here, a clean home can often feel impossible, especially during the holidays! Floor cleaning is, quite simply, the hardest to tackle! No matter where the mess originates, the floor takes the brunt of it. A spill at the kitchen table, leads to a spill on the floor. Dirty boots outside make for a messy floor inside. Holiday crafts and glitter – all over the floor. Don’t get me started on the shoe scuff marks, the crumbs and the sticky grime that kids seem to leave behind! Having a good spray mop is a must and that’s why I use the O-Cedar ProMist every day, multiple times a day! I love that I can easily use my own cleaning solution – making my floors clean and safe for my kids. The microfiber cloth is also amazing at cleaning and with built in scrubbers, there’s no job it can’t handle. Best of all, I can just toss it in the wash when I’m done and my mop is ready to go again. You can find the O-Cedar ProMist at Walmart in the mops/brooms aisle in the cleaning supply section.
Armed with the right cleaning tools, recruiting some help from the kids is a great way to make cleaning easier. I’m lucky that my kids still LOVE to help – sometimes they even argue over who gets to help mommy with what. With other charts going on in our home and school, I didn’t want to do another chart for the kids. I changed it up a bit with Chore Sticks and my kids love them! I assigned each of my three kids a color and used washi tape on popsicle sticks. I created my chores while keeping each of my kids age/ skills in mind. I created a list that works for my family and you’re welcome to use them as a starting point or create your own – see below. Simply cut out and glue one chore to each stick. I keep the ‘chores’ in one jar and one jar is marked as ‘Done!’ for completed tasks. You can keep all the chores in the jars or assign chores by only keeping a few in the jar at a time. As you can imagine, they all want to use the O-Cedar ProMist. It’s quite the popular cleaning tool with my kids! With it’s spray nozzle and easy cleaning, each of them can’t wait for a turn to help me out! When cleaning is fun, kids want to help. They feel like they have a role, and it helps to instill responsiblity. Added bonus, your home will be clean for the holidays with less work on your end!
And my floors – sparkling clean every single time!
What chores do your children help out with ?
If you are interested in downloading my chores to simply glue on your own chore sticks, feel free to download and use these: