How to Involve Kids in Journey to Clean

It has officially been two weeks since the launch of Journey to Clean! I've loved hearing from so many of you about how you've integrated my cleaning routine into your lives. This system has worked for me for years, so I knew you guys would just love it!

I wanted to take a minute today and talk about how we get Emmie involved in our home's cleaning schedule. I think it's so important to involve kids in the home maintenance process from an early age. Believe it or not, there are several items in Journey to Clean's schedule that can be done by children as young as 2! Starting your kids into daily cleaning habits at a young age teaches so much…responsibility, pride for belongings, routine, and completing tasks on time. It's something we're already doing with Emmie and will start with Jackson in a couple of years!

I've broken down a few ways you can get your kids involved in your home maintenance routine in the chart below. These tasks are taken directly from the cleaning schedules in Journey to Clean.

Love this list of age-appropriate ideas to involve younger children in cleaning around the home! This site also includes a chore chart printable for kids.

It's so important to teach your children what is expected of them in chores before they ever start. The best way to do this is modeling (and lots of it)…have your child do the chore with you for a few days/weeks before they are expected to do it on their own. I also think it's crucial to outline expectations for your child each and every day! An easy way to do this is by using a chore chart.

This free printable chore chart for kids is great! Site also has a list of age-appropriate household duties for children.
The chart I'm showing above can be used for one week. Simply outline the chores you expect of your child and check off as they are completed! Some chores don't need to be done daily, so I like to black out that day's box (just so the child will know that it isn't expected of them). We just check off as chores are finished, but stickers would be a fun motivator too.
You can print this chore chart by clicking the image below!
This free printable chore chart for kids is great! Site also has a list of age-appropriate household duties for children.
The printable above is made to match the Ultimate Planning Notebook. And, because I'm too matchy-matchy for my own good, if you're a Journey to Clean user, I've made this chart to match to your printables in the book too. Click the image below to download that one!
This free printable chore chart for kids is great! Site also has a list of age-appropriate household duties for children.
If you'd like to grab your copy of Journey to Clean, click here for more info on how to revamp your home cleaning routine!

Check out a few of my other printables for this printable collection by clicking here! Don't want to sort through all of these posts and download files individually? You can grab all 24 pages of the Ultimate Planning Notebook in one big file (plus a pretty planner cover sheet you can't get anywhere else) by clicking here for the Ultimate Planning Notebook set.

Happy cleaning, friends!

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  1. Do you have any suggestions for 12 year old children?

    1. You can really have them do most of the items in my cleaning system. I wouldn’t recommend they do things that involve heavy machinery (like a few of the things in the deep cleaning list do), but for the weekly room of the week chores, they should be able to do most of it! I would stay away from things like cleaning the oven though…basically, if they can burn the house down or cut themselves doing it, it’s off limits. 😉