As the weather changes from cold and dreary (blah) to warm and sunny (hooray), it's a great time to open the windows and clean out the house. But when the weather is nice outside, it's hard to want to spend all your time cleaning instead of outside enjoying spring. Mom and Dad certainly don't want to be the only ones doing all the spring cleaning!

This year, make spring cleaning part of a family ritual. Everyone can pitch in and help. The Hawaiian Shaved Ice team has pulled together a list of age appropriate chores so even the littlest members of the family can get involved.

Age 3-4
  • Sort shoes into piles of winter shoes (boots) and spring/summer shoes.
  • Wipe window sills with a dust cloth or feather duster.
  • Pick up sticks in the yard.
  • Wipe down outdoor toys with a cloth and soapy water.
Age 5-6
  • Swap out winter clothes for spring clothes in drawers and closet.
  • Help put mulch into the flower beds.
  • Sort outdoor toys, getting rid of broken and outgrown toys.
  • Clean up bedroom.
  • Wipe down door handles, light switches, and remotes.
Age 7-9
  • Sort clothes and set aside ones that are too small for hand-me-downs or donation.
  • Organize bedroom and closet.
  • Vacuum.
  • Help rake outside.
  • Wipe down outdoor furniture.
  • Sweep the sidewalk and/or porch.
Age 10+
  • Clean and organize bedroom drawers and closet.
  • Clean refrigerator/freezer by wiping down shelves and drawers.
  • Dust.
  • Make a list of toys and clothes to be donated and help pack donation boxes.
  • Help with gardening by prepping beds and planting flowers.
  • Organize garage and/or shed.
With extra hands, no matter how small, maybe the spring cleaning work will get done a little faster. Then you can all get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather together as a family!

Do your kids help out with spring cleaning? What chores do they take on? Tell us over on our Facebook page. We'd love to add to our lists!