How to get kids involved in cleaning

We can all remember our parents nagging us to tidy our rooms, only now it’s the other way round! Unsurprisingly, just like we were, kids are often reluctant to do so. So how can we better encourage our children to help around the house?

While they may be reluctant, cleaning and giving them dedicated tasks on a house cleaning schedule helps them gain independence and accountability. Knowing this is ‘their’ task will make them feel special as well as teaching them responsibility.

Keep the tasks manageable for their age and ability; younger children can pick up their toys or put away laundry while older ones can do things like vacuuming or emptying the dishwasher. Ask their opinion, they will be more willing to do a task they actually enjoy rather than one they are being forced into.

Make sure the schedule is visible to your children such as pinning it on a notice board or fridge and that they understand what the task involves, using pictures if necessary. Try to make it fun for them by playing music or create games such as picking up items by colour or giving them mini versions of your cleaning materials such as a child-sized dustpan and brush, just like Mummy!

If you’re worried your child won’t stay focused, why not initiate a ‘speed clean’ and time how long it takes them to clear their mess away. Record it on a chart and whoever is the quickest at the end of the week, gets a sticker.

Comment below on how you motivate your kids to clean. 


  • My 9 year old loves helping me anyway but on the days he’s not feeling it we have races to see who can do their jobs the quickest, failing that he can choose to earn a treat if he does his jobs 😊

  • My son’s 8 yo. I’ve always wanted him to get involved with housework. Now he’s at an age where he sees how much I enjoy keeping our home clean and tidy, he just gets a involved. He sees me having fun doing it, and he has fun doing it too! Cleaning our home is not perceived as a ‘chore’.

  • Hate to admit but I once told my 6 year old that it makes me cross when she cleans… now when shes in a mood with me she starts washing up or vacuuming… all whilst given me the side eye with a huge smirk on her face. Mum win! I might tell her the truth in a few years…

  • My mum used to sing a spoon full of sugar from Mary Poppins and always finish with Spit Spot 🤣🤣🤣

    Elaine Baxter
  • This blog also applies for husbands :)


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