Make Cleaning More Fun For Your KidsMelanie Blodgett
If your kids are at the age of being able to help out with some chores around the house, this is the DIY for you! With a few simple items you might already have around the house, you can customize a few buckets to make doing chores a lot more fun. I love the buckets that Jenny came up with for her girls. I totally would have loved something like this when I was a kid. Of course, you will want to take your kids into account when putting these buckets together. If your child might spray cleaner into their eyes or mouth, maybe leave out the dangerous chemical cleaners (why do we clean with dangerous chemicals anyway?), and throw in a little broom and dust pan. For your older kids, you could throw in some cute rubber gloves too! I love these orange ones shown in the image above. For some reason, I think they would make scrubbing the tub that much better — at least for me!
If you decide to make these for your kids, may I throw in my two cents? Yes? Thanks. Take them with you to the store with the basic idea of what things you need to buy to make the buckets. Take them to the duct tape section and let them pick out the colors and patterns they think are rad. You will be amazed at how much of a difference this will make! Let them pick out the rope for the handle, the color of the gloves and scrub brushes. They will love it, and you will love that they just might gripe a little less when it’s chore time with these snazzy new buckets. Have them help make the bucket. Then after the shopping is done, spend a little time helping them go to town decorating and putting together their bucket. It will be a fun craft activity that will actually make the house cleaner — unlike 99% of the crafts I make at my house.
While you’re at it, make some for you and your spouse too! There’s no reason why the whole family can’t get in on this action. Once they are all made and put together, find a place in your home to keep them all lined up and looking pretty. Then when cleaning day comes, watch as your kids leap to use their new cleaning buckets! Is this some kind of reverse psychology? Whatever it is, I am pretty sure you will love what it does to your kids’ attitudes on cleaning day. I suggest not making the buckets on cleaning day. Make them earlier in the week and put them on the shelf until its time to do chores. The kids’ excitement will go through the roof at being able to use the buckets.
What do you think? Will you give these buckets a try? I know I will!