Using toddler energy for a cleaner house…

Using toddler energy for a cleaner house is my idea of fun! Here are some simple chore ideas to keep your toddler busy & productive, while making your house cleaner!

  • Feeding pets. Put the food in the dish for them (or have them measure out dry food under supervision if they are old enough not to eat it), then have them take it to the spot and put it down for the pet.
  • Making the bed – they can pull up the covers and put the pillow in the correct place (although the tucking usually requires help).
  • Setting the table – if you give them dishes one at a time, they can set them on the table (nothing sharp, of course).
  • Scraping their plate into the sink/garbage after meals (supervised so that the food ends up in the correct place, of course).
  • Cleaning up their room/their toys (made easier with baskets and shelves).
  • Putting items in the trash when asked (this is a huge favorite at our house).
  • Helping to bring in the groceries (small, unbreakable bags & items, of course).
  • Putting their dirty clothes into the hamper/baskets (Lil’ Duck takes this a step farther and puts OUR clothes into the hamper as well).
  • Helping to bring the laundry to the washer, putting it into the washer, into the dryer, out of the dryer & putting it away. Lil’ Duck can put folded towels on shelves, socks into drawers, etc. and LOVES to push the laundry baskets around the house of course.
  • Putting shoes on the mat/on the shoe rack/in the basket. Lil’ Duck takes all our shoes and puts them in the bucket on the patio for us after we come in from doing errands and such.
  • Putting their sippy/dishes in the sink when they are done (something that saves a lot of nasty discoveries later, trust me).
  • Helping to dust/wipe down surfaces with a damp rag. Lil’ Duck likes to help clean the windows with a damp rag (just water, I keep him away from the cleaners of course) as well.

19 Responses to Using toddler energy for a cleaner house…

  1. Twisted Cinderella April 4, 2007 at 10:07 am #

    great ideas! I am going to put some of these into practice!

    Here via the TT carnival but I come by all the time anyway.

  2. MamaDuck April 3, 2007 at 1:06 pm #

    Thank you!!

  3. Marcia April 3, 2007 at 12:12 pm #

    Congrats for making it into the Thursday Thirteen Carnival. Hope parents who don’t let their children help try a few of these. They could start with the groceries, even keep an extra bag in the car to put a few lightweight items in, just for them to carry if all the bags are too heavy.

  4. Susan Helene Gottfried April 3, 2007 at 9:02 am #

    Hey, darling! Yep, you made it to the Carnival (me, too). I loved this post the first time around — I think that kids who help with the house care about it more. Of course, I’ve yet to see that happen around here, but I’ve got hope!

  5. Nancy Bond April 2, 2007 at 11:15 pm #

    Lots of wonderful suggestions here. My little ducklings are all grown up now, but I have a grand-duckling to pass these along to. :) Congrats on being featured in the first TT Carnival!

  6. Kristin April 2, 2007 at 3:26 pm #

    Excellent tips, I have saved them for future use. It’s never too early to teach responsibility.

  7. Carol April 2, 2007 at 1:06 pm #

    Great advice! My kids are grown now, but I get my grandgirls to “help” whenever they visit. They love it.

  8. Lisa March 27, 2007 at 8:56 pm #

    Those are some great suggestions. What a great way to teach them the importance of cleaning up after themselves and getting a cleaner house out of it!!

    Here via the carnival of family life.

  9. GNMParents March 27, 2007 at 4:30 pm #


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  10. Kerri March 26, 2007 at 11:16 pm #

    Oh good…I’m not the only one putting the kiddos to work! :)

    Here via CoFL

  11. kailani March 26, 2007 at 5:49 am #

    My daughter loves to help clean. Although, sometimes she makes more of a mess that way. Oh well, at least she tries!

    Here from the Carnival of Family Life

  12. CyberCelt March 25, 2007 at 5:35 pm #

    My son helped with everything until he became a teenager. Then, for a while, I was able to get him to do the yard. Now, nothing.

    I do remember him sweeping the carpet with a carpet sweeper his grandmother gave him. He also liked to dust.

    Here from BCs carnival. Its been a while since I was here. Have a blessed Sunday.

  13. Biggie March 25, 2007 at 6:29 am #

    Great ideas! I’ll see if I can interest Bug in bringing in groceries next time we go…

  14. Daddy Forever March 19, 2007 at 10:01 pm #

    I love it when the kids are helpful. Though sometimes it times twice as long when they want to help.

  15. jen March 19, 2007 at 5:56 pm #

    thanks im going to keep this article and use it as Daniel gets older
    He likes to help pass me washing and pegs as im hanging it on the clothes line :)
    He also likes to play with the vacum cleaner pretending to vacum the floor

  16. Danielle March 19, 2007 at 11:11 am #

    Gotta get them working early!!!
    My oldest son (5 almost 6) loves helping me clean. He loves doing the dishers, cleaning mirrors (with vinegar) and windows, wiping down walls and tables, but ask him to pick up toys and get ready for a showdown.

    Warmest wishes

    Danielle a.k.a.

  17. Stine March 19, 2007 at 4:37 am #

    Hi – love your blog – you really are a fount of creativity…


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