Kiddie Cleaning Kit

EDIT: Update to this post can be found here

 So the other day my boys had a bit of a fight, nothing serious, just your typical 2yr old twin boys scuffle. It was over which one of them could help me with the cleaning!!!

Honestly, I had to stop myself from doing a happy dance there and then! Kids, boys especially, wanting to help with house work!!

I know it’s unlikely to last until they become teenagers so I need to nurture it and help them realise just how much they love cleaning!

I then decided to make them their own kiddie friendly cleaning kit, I’d much rather there are no fights and the boys can ‘help me using clean cloths and no chemicals,


I got these little buckets and used alphabet rub ons to add their names.


I then added a duster, an absorbent wipe and a squirty bottle containing a splash of water and drop of hand soap (they think it’s a cleaning solution).


I sometimes use a list to tick off what I have done, so thought it only fair the boys have one also, plus using the pictures they know exactly what they are and aren’t allowed to ‘clean, don’t want them spraying water on to anything electrical or delicate!


I used Microsoft office clip art for the images, put them in 2 lists over 1 page and added a label, once I had printed the lists I folded them in half, shoved them through the laminator and then trimmed them down.

Using a hole punch I put a hole in each list tied a piece of bakers twine to a marker and then attached the markers to the lists!


And there you have it, kiddie friendly cleaning kits! 





If anyone would like the clip art I can ping it to you via email, just ask!

{I want to clarify that I do not advocate fighting amongst children, nor do I force my children to do house work}


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38 comments :

  1. Love it...reminds me of several years back, when I taught preschool/daycare, and anytime I tried to clean and organize, all the kids wanted to help. So I'd give them a diaper wipe and let them clean the tables, chairs, etc. If nothing else, it kept them busy for a few minutes!

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  2. LOL! I love it! Now you need to get them to agree that they will continue to fight over the cleaning when they are teenagers. :-) This was a darling project and we are so glad you linked it up this week to Inspiration Friday!
    Vanessa

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  3. Cannot tell you how much I love this idea! Boys who clean? Yipee! Any chance you'd share the checklist document?

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  4. That's so sweet. I should do that for my little girl - she LOVES to help me clean :)

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  5. This is BRILLIANT! I must say, I don't advocate fighting among children, but I do make mine work. (At 12, 10 and 6 they better earn their keep! Ha!) These pails will be something they remember and do with their own kids. The picture card was a great idea. You are a good mom!!! jules

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  6. These are perfect! What a great idea!!

    I host a weekly Friday link party I would love you to join if you are interested!

    Ashley
    www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

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  7. Genius! Well done, off to peruse clip art...

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  8. love the cute look of these my grand-daughter is always wanting to help she would love it as well come visit me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

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  9. It is a crime in my house if my daughter cannot help take out the trash:) I love your idea and the fact that all of the items, if not already on hand, can be purchased at the dollar store. When my kids want to help clean, i give them a squirt bottle with water and vinegar in it (about a 50/50 mixture) because that is what I use to clean just about everything.

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  10. Um...that's adorable Amanda. I love the little lists and the buckets are too cute!

    My kids would love that.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  11. What a great idea Amanda! Thanks for linking up to my Pity Party today.

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  12. what a great idea. i think my five year old would love this!

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  13. How creative and a wonderful idea! Following from ItsACraftyLife's Saturday Swagger Linky Party!

    ~Melissa

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  14. What an adorable idea!! I can see my two fighting over things like that too : )

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  15. What a great idea, Amanda! Love the little checklist! Thanks so much for linking up! Hope you have a great weekend! :)
    Crysta
    Homemaker in Heels

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  16. What a great idea, Amanda! Love the little checklist! Thanks so much for linking up! Hope you have a great weekend! :)
    Crysta
    Homemaker in Heels

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  17. I LOVE this idea! I don't have any children, but I'm considering making one of these for my husband:) Thanks for sharing!

    Cheers,

    Sarah M.

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  18. I LOVE this idea! I don't have any children, but I'm considering making one of these for my husband:) Thanks for sharing!

    Cheers,

    Sarah M.

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  19. Fantastic idea...so impressed. I think I need to change my tactics as I tend you just shout when my 2 argue!!!

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  20. I will so do this for my girl!
    She just loves helping me cleaning!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Can you e-mail me the clips, pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee???

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  21. Love this! new follower from linky party. laura@imnotatrophywife.com

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  22. Love it - my 2.5 year old loves to help me clean - any chance you could email over the clipart??? nisha536@hotmail.com. thanks muchly!

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  24. So jealous! Wish my little guy wanted to help clean.. Maybe there is still hope!

    Would love for you to come over and share!
    http://allthingsfee.blogspot.com/2011/06/calling-all-crafters-11th-edition.html

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  25. This is totally perfect for me today. I want to get my kids involved in cleaning up around the house but don't want them to run crazy with Windex. I can easily set them up with these supplies and we can all work together.

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  26. Oh my gosh this is SUCH a cute idea!!! I'd love it if you'd email me the cleaning list that you made. Thanks for linking to the Weekend Warrior Link Party. :)

    Anna
    www.askannamoseley.com
    askannamoseley@hotmai.com

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  27. LOVE this! I need to get my two year old on the cleaning bandwagon!

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  28. What an adorable idea! Love it!

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  30. yay! i love it! anything to get the kiddos into the action! i just did a post with something similar with my 2 yr old while we're laying laminate. i can't imagine having 2 to contend with. they've got you outnumbered :P i would love it if you would link this to my tip-toe thru tuesday party (it's open until friday)!

    http://crayonfreckles.blogspot.com/2011/06/tip-toe-thru-tuesday-3.html

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  31. what a wonderful idea! I'm a "list" person. :)

    the graphics are just too perfect!
    gail
    catching you!

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  32. what a creative idea! thanks for sharing this to TSWL!

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    Can't wait to see what you've been up to this week. :)

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  34. I still can't believe that you've managed to motivate your boys to help you in the cleaning. I guess you've turned the work into a game and it was a lot pleasurable for all of you.

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