Better Ways to Clean the House With Your Kids

Young boy operates a cannister vacuum cleaner in the living room

Are you looking for ways to get your children to do household chores? Ideas for making the task a little less boring:

Dusting for Money

Since dusting is my least favorite chore, teaching my young daughters to dust proved challenging. I didn't want to pass along my dislike of the job, so I tried to find a way to make it fun. By hiding coins for them to find in not-too-obvious places, I turned the chore into a game. The girls got to keep the coins they found after they completed dusting their assigned areas. "It's like an Easter egg hunt!" they shouted. They soon began to look forward to Dusting Day.

—Carol Boley

The Job Jar

Cleaning the house can be a complicated chore, so I came up with a system to help simplify the process for my kids. On cleaning day, I took a pint-sized Mason jar and filled it with craft sticks labeled with age-appropriate jobs that take about five minutes to accomplish. Whenever they finished a job, my children drew a new stick with a new task.

—Cara Grandle

Musical Chores

One of the first chores my son was responsible for was vacuuming the living room. I asked him to select an upbeat song that he liked. He chose "Until the Whole World Hears" by Casting Crowns, which runs for nearly five minutes.

During vacuuming time, I played this song and told my son that he needed to vacuum the living room until the song stopped. This was a great way to ensure that he did a thorough job.

We did this with each of our boys, assigning them different rooms. Today vacuuming is still the most requested chore in our home.

—Kim Van Dunk

The compiled article "Chores for Children: Cleaning the House" first appeared on (2018). "Dusting for Money," "The Job Jar" and "Musical Chores" first appeared in the April/May 2018 issue of Focus on the Family magazine. If you enjoyed this article, read more like it in Focus on the Family's marriage and parenting magazine. Get this publication delivered to your home by subscribing to it for a gift of any amount.

"Dusting for Money" © 2018 by Carol Boley. "The Job Jar" © 2018 by Cara Grandle. "Musical Chores" © 2018 by Kim Van Dunk. Used by permission.

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