5 Tips to Have Fun while Cleaning With Kids

by Susan

Susan here… As part of our campaign to Celebrate Everyday Messes with Bissell, we want to share some tips to make cleaning more fun for your kids.

tips for cleaning with kids

Do your kids like to clean? Do you want some ideas for how to make it more fun for you and your children?

In this video, my 8 year old Julia and my 6 year old niece Olivia help me share 5 fun tips for cleaning with kids…

5 Tips for Cleaning with Kids

  1. Embrace your child’s natural desire to clean.
    My girls like to clean up their own rooms so that they can find “special homes” for all their toys.
  2. Keep the organization system simple.
    You want your kids to know where their toys should go and be easy to put away.
  3. Turn cleaning into a game.
    Kids love to play and if you can make cleaning a bit of a game, you’ll all have more fun.
  4. Help your kids not to get overwhelmed.
    If they have too many toys in their rooms, you may want to have a bin where you rotate some toys in and out every few months.

    Cleaning with Kids

  5. Make vacuuming easier by having kids pick up toys off the floor.
    If your children are little, you may even turn it into a game where the bed is a boat and the toys are fish or luggage they need to bring with them on board.

    Cleaning with BISSELL

When you make it fun, cleaning becomes a lot easier!

Your Turn

Do you have any secrets to encourage your children to help you with housework?

Win a BISSELL PowerGlide Vacuum

Celebrate Everyday Messes

Do you want to win a BISSELL PowerGlide Vacuum like the one I use in the video?

Go to the Celebrate Everyday Messes contest on Bissell’s Facebook Page and share a funny photo or video showing a mess you cleaned up with a vacuum.

We hope you win… definitely let us know if you do!


Disclaimer: This post is part of a sponsored campaign but as always, you can trust our opinions are our own.

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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 Marti Tabora September 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm

These all seem like really good tips.


2 Susan October 20, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Thanks Marti! So glad to hear you like these ideas.


3 Anne September 28, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Sometimes I find that breaking it up into a few 5 minute cleans helps with stubborn/overwhelmed kids and big messes :) I just set my timer on my phone and give my son two or three tasks to do at a time before my phone beeps. He gets a reward if he is faster than the clock. :)


4 Susan October 20, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Great advice… using a timer helps so much!


5 Amy Orvin September 28, 2013 at 9:13 pm

I really like the idea of turning cleaning into a game. Everybody likes to have fun! Why not have fun while cleaning. Great concept here!!!


6 samantha Wagner September 29, 2013 at 12:32 am

We like the game play, it helps my kids get into it


7 Mozi Esmes mom September 29, 2013 at 1:14 am

I am overwhelmed! I wish someone would rotate my stuff out for me every couple of months! :) Some good ideas here…


8 Vickie Couturier September 29, 2013 at 2:17 pm

some good tips an points


9 mrsshukra September 29, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Great tips! This will really involve the kids in cleaning!


10 Jamie Champagne September 29, 2013 at 11:05 pm

I’m always up for ways to make cleaning FUN…haha! As much as my two year old loves to help vacuum, I’m wishing I had invested in the toddler vacuum that actually works!!


11 Barbara Platt September 30, 2013 at 11:48 am

I learned that the kids would cooperate with a little back up and fun.


12 happymomc September 30, 2013 at 12:42 pm

love these, great tips!


13 kathy stevenson October 1, 2013 at 2:55 pm

We love to turn up music and make it a cleaning party.


14 Susan October 20, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Music is such a great way to get moving both for kids and adults. I need to use this trick more often.


15 Tammy S October 1, 2013 at 8:29 pm

I will try all these tips if it helps me get my daughter to clean her room. Thanks for the help!


16 Susan October 20, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Hope it’s going well!


17 Dew October 3, 2013 at 3:29 am

True! I remember wanting to feel “useful” as a child. Whenever I was our car, my son would hold the hose. Of course, he does it when he hasn’t taken a bath yet. And it would be so much fun!


18 Debby Chandler October 3, 2013 at 2:37 pm

I’ll have to pass this on to my grown children so they can have fun cleaning with my grand children, thanks!


19 Susan October 20, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Thanks Debby… hope it helps.


20 Imprinted Grocery Bags October 5, 2013 at 6:30 am

I have another interesting tip, if you have more than one kids. Make competition between them for doing some task. It will create a fun, and also your kids will not disturb your if you are doing some other cleaning.


21 angie October 7, 2013 at 9:08 pm

great tips I think I will share with my daughter may help her out with her children


22 Tara C October 10, 2013 at 1:32 am

Great ideas – turning it into a game (using a timer and rock music and a prize for the winner) was the key for getting my kids to clean up. Doesn’t work so well on the oldest now that he’s 17 though… *sigh*


23 Susan October 20, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Ha ha… yes, everything gets tougher when they are teenagers. I’m not looking forward to those days.


24 Jill February 15, 2014 at 7:05 am

Great tips, we already make a game out of cleaning but will definitely be trying the other suggestions too!


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