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How to Organize with Your Kids' Help

Updated: Dec 18, 2020

I’ve never heard anyone say, “Mom, can I please help with the laundry?” or “Would it be ok if I do all the dishes tonight after dinner?” No one really loves doing those things in my house, but I do feel more productive when they get done; and it feels even better to do them as a family. It’s nice to feel everyone has contributed to having our house run a little more smoothly, especially these days when we’re all at home more than we’re used to.

They’re called chores for a reason, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they have to make us miserable. Here are a few things I’ve done that make these household jobs a little more fun for everyone - and they work well for most ages.

Laundry -- Turn it into a game. Have your child find all the items that start with a specific letter. S is a great one (socks, sweaters, shirts). Or have him/her sort the socks by color or size. Or find the matching pairs. The person with the most - wins!

Setting the Table -- Have your child make place cards and then set the table. There are also lots of fun Holiday napkin folding ideas. While setting the table, my son recently realized the order of the silverware is alphabetical. Fork, Knife, Spoon. I thought that was pretty cool! If your kids want to get into the puzzling spirit, have them anagram their names on the place cards.

Fold by number Napkin Folding SF Moma

Cute hedgehog crafts for place cards