Tackle It Tuesday — My Toddler Tackler

by Susan

SophiaToday’s tackle is brought to you by my toddler, Sophia.

As I’ve mentioned during my blogging stint over at How I Clean Now, my biggest motivation to become a more organized and tidy homemaker is to become a better example for my daughters.

Little children have an instinct to clean. They may not want to pick up their toys when they’re supposed to, but hand them a cloth or a broom and they’ll usually want to imitate you and try to clean.

Sophia and Julia love to walk around the house with cloths and clean everything they can reach. Sophia also seems to enjoy picking up and putting things away. (She’ll often dump them back out, and do the job again just for fun.)

The girls are still really enjoying their organized playroom, and weeks later, most of the toys are still in their proper places.

Here’s a photo of Sophia ‘cleaning her own kitchen’.

Sophia cleaning her house

What about your children? Do they like to clean?

So what did you tackle this week or were you like me and left the tackling to your tots?

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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Muthering Heights June 9, 2009 at 12:21 am

That is just precious! My little ones do like to clean…in fact, simply giving them a rag or two to drag around allows me to accomplish some of my chores while they are awake!


2 One Mom, Five Kids June 9, 2009 at 12:31 am

…until they turn into teenagers…

Adorable pictures and great job on keeping things organized!


3 Jo June 9, 2009 at 1:00 am

I so hope my little one likes to clean – right now his favorite game is pull it all out :) we’ll see.


4 Maddy June 9, 2009 at 1:41 am

Can I hire her out to come and sort out my kitchen? I’m amazed and impressed that you’ve stuck with it. It’s usually just about a week if I’m lucky around here.


5 Onna June 9, 2009 at 7:33 am

I love your tackle!! I have two children. My son who is 6 would walk over a pile in his room and not even notice it. My daughter who is 3 however, LOVES to clean. She asks for wipes for the cabinets and to use the swifter, all the time! She frequently will rearrange the toys in her room. (she gets this I think from seeing my hubby and I doing this with furniture frequently!)

My tackle this week was putting the toddler bed together for my nephew who’s coming to live with us!!


6 Kristi June 9, 2009 at 8:55 am

What a little cutie! I remember those days so well. Blessings to you!


7 susieshomemade June 9, 2009 at 9:33 am

My daughter loves to tidy up. She really thrives in the structure! Great tackle:-)


8 Christie June 9, 2009 at 10:05 am

I had Andrew tackle his room last night :-) I too have a cleaning lady that comes every 2 weeks and Monday nights are when my kids have to tidy there room and make sure they pick every thing up! I wish Andrew was as eager as Sophia at cleaning. But as for me, I filed a VERY Large box of papers that have been accumulating for some time now. I got the second set of cupboard doors put up in my office and sorted through all the piles on my desk so that now I can actually see the surface!


9 Liz June 9, 2009 at 11:18 am

I have 2 teenagers and a 11 DS, so they really don’t “like” to clean. But they do know how, yesterday while I was working, my 15 DS cleaned the house, did the dishes and laundry. I was shocked!
Thanks for hosting!


10 rife June 9, 2009 at 11:48 am

won’t last! cleaning seems to be a fad they all grow out of sadly!


11 Kristi_runwatch June 9, 2009 at 3:03 pm

So cute – they do pick up so much from watching Mommy!


12 Maggie June 9, 2009 at 4:41 pm

My soon-to-be 3 yr old loves to help me with “chores”! But her definition of helping and mine are very different. ;-)


13 Deb - Mom of 3 Girls June 10, 2009 at 12:06 am

My girls love to clean – if it’s their own idea. If I’m asking them to do it, they never want to, lol. :)

I was going to post my tackle for today, but got interrupted by a 3yo throwing up in her bed last night… Sigh. I’ll be back tackling next week though!


14 Lisa June 10, 2009 at 5:12 pm

My son always liked to help clean when he was little. He’s almost 10 now, but today he already straightened his room, did a few dishes, took care of the dog, and cleaned his bathroom – Woo Hoo! I am trying to be a better example of a clean and organized mom for him.


15 Nicole Feliciano June 12, 2009 at 9:30 am

I do a recipe/food tip exchange on Fridays. I encourage folks to stop by and contribute a recipe or foodie tip.



16 Casual Friday Every Day June 13, 2009 at 6:13 pm

She is just too sweet for words!



17 Bridal lehenga May 11, 2013 at 1:32 am

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