Last night on CHEX Daily, I chatted with hosts Teresa Kaszuba and Mike Judson about what kids can learn from spring cleaning (responsibility, organization, social justice/generosity, etc.) I share what chores my girls do, and how I am teaching them to declutter their own belongings. I even managed to work in a reference to The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, one of my favourite books ever – no matter what my book club says!

A few things we didn’t have time for:

-Kids can be motivated by the thought of making money. While donating is wonderful, some items can be set aside for a yard sale, and larger items can be sold on Kijiji under your supervision. (Also a great lesson about Internet safety!)

-The one-in-one-out rule can work from toddlers to teens. No new toy/game/pair of jeans until you can find (at least) one to donate.

-Once items are purged, bins and labels are an organizer’s best friends. I like the idea of putting photos (e.g., of Lego, Barbies, cars) on the bins so pre-readers know where everything goes too!

Feel free to leave other suggestions or links to kids’ spring cleaning posts below. I’m always on the hunt for new ideas!

1 comment on “Spring Cleaning – Teach Kids To Declutter! My CHEX Daily Segment”

  1. My kids like to help me with cleaning. They do their chores and get special sticker for each task. I've made a chart for them recently and they like filling it with the stickers. Cleaning in our house is a pleasant activity at all. Greets!

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