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Helpful hints for cleaning with young children

Cleaning fun
Cleaning fun
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Everyone knows that once you have children cleaning becomes even harder than what it was before. As great as children are they are little mess tornados picking up random things and throwing them throughout the house. Cleaning the house while your children are in the house can seem like a never ending battle. Here are some strategies that can help you not feel so over whelmed and be more productive. Keep in mind while having a clean house is nice, memories are what matter to children. Children remember time spent together not whether or not you swept the kitchen floor every day. Involving children in household chores helps them understand the importance of cleaning and it also can give them fun memories of spend time helping you. When you step back and stop stressing over what all needs to be done cleaning doesn’t seem like such a hard and horrible job to overcome. Good luck and have fun cleaning.

Game Plan
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Game Plan

Game plan- Get your priorities straight. Figure out what are most important things that have to get done. Most of the time that is the dishes, you need clean dishes to eat on, and laundry, you need clean clothes to wear. From there you need to look at other needs you have. Don’t sweat the little stuff focus on the things that have to get done.

Take it a step at a time
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Take it a step at a time

Take it a Step at a time- The mess was not made in one day you are not going to get it all cleaned in one day. Make a plan of what chores or rooms you’re going to focus on, on what day. Don’t stress yourself out trying to get everything done at once. Plan to clean for a little while every day so you have time to play and time to clean.

Machines working for you
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Machines working for you

Get your machines working for you- Start the dish washer and washing machine before you start cleaning other things, that way your machines are working while you are cleaning other things. You are getting more cleaning done at one time.

Housework
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Housework

Little helpers- Children love to help. Use this to your advantage! While you are thinking about what you need to get done, think of little ways your children can help you. Washing counters, sweeping the floor, putting toys away, or helping fold and put laundry away are all great ways get children involved.

Play Game
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Play Game

Make it fun- No one likes to be bored and clean all day. Make cleaning a game. Who can fold the most and the nicest? Who can make the counter shine the most? Who can put the most toys away where they go? Try to stay away from the fastest because then the cleaning isn’t as good. Enjoy the time you spend cleaning with your children. 

Celebrate your success
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Celebrate your success

Celebrate- Make sure to pat your little helper on the back and tell them what a great job they did. Don’t forget to pat your own back as well. Make a reward system that rewards you and your helpers for all the hard work, you deserve it.