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This summer I started a new chore system with my kids. I created chore buckets for each of them to have to make chores fun. When kids have their own adult-like things, it helps them to feel a little more grown up and motivated to help.
Dollar Store Chore Bucket:
First, you will need to visit your nearest dollar store. As much as we want to make it fun for the kids, we want to save money too. There are so many great finds at the dollar store, and of course, everything is a dollar!
These are the items I purchased to put into the kids’ chore buckets. A black bucket with a handle, a lint roller, spray bottle, mini dust pan, microfiber towels, a scrub brush, a magic eraser, reusable wipes, a duster, and gloves.
Perfect For Kids:
I loved the size of this little black bucket. I thought it was perfect for little hands to carry. It can also be used to fill up with soapy water for cleaning. Score for a double duty item! My kids love spraying their own cleaner, so I got them each their own mini sprayer. I will fill each sprayer with a kid safe cleaner. I was going to put a roll of paper towels in their bucket but decided against it. My kids tend to use way too many towels to get the job done. I like the idea of reusable towels that are washable and used several times. The lint roller is a fun and useful thing for the boys to use since we have a dog. One of their chores is to roll the dog hair off of the furniture. I had to include gloves. Not necessarily needed but, again adding some fun, to the I’m doing chores situation. The more you try to make this a bucket of “fun” it takes away some of the “I don’t want to clean.”
I made two chore buckets and I tried to color coordinate for each boy. One chore bucket has blue supplies and the other has green. Thankfully they both love these colors so it makes keeping their things separate and organized a little easier. I also used a sharpie marker to label their first letter of their names for the items I couldn’t find in their color. When something gets left out of their bucket we will surely know whose bucket it belongs in.
Besides different colors, I got the boys all the same things so there wouldn’t be any arguing about wanting what the other has, or taking something that isn’t theirs.
After you place everything in the kids chore buckets, also label the bucket. Then you are ready to go. Your kids will be so excited to do their chores. We have only been using our kid’s chore buckets for a short time, but let me tell you they have been a HUGE hit! The kids are definitely thinking chores are fun! I hope you can use this idea to help your kids have some fun cleaning. Happy cleaning!