When your children are on a break from school, this is great news for the kids. But for us adults? Several days or weeks of finding ways to entertain them and keep them happy lie ahead of us. This can feel very daunting, to say the least!
Well, it doesn’t have to be all pizza parties and trips to the
beach In fact, not only can you spend less money, but you can also put your kids to good use. There are a number of household tasks that they can help out
Let’s take a look at what they are!
Clear out your clutter
If your kids are old enough to collect and hoard their own items, they are old enough to clear it out too. We are all guilty of hoarding things we no longer need. For us adults, this might be a wardrobe full of clothes we no longer wear. For children, it might be 100 teddy bears and dolls, when in fact, they only ever play with five or six of them. Use breaks from school as a fantastic opportunity to clear out these items. Give to charity, hold a yard sale, or pass onto friends and family. At the same time, clear out your clutter and rubbish. After all, if you’re going to do it, do it properly! Hire a company like Paul’s Rubbish, same-day rubbish removal is the quickest and most pain-free way to get rid of everything. Get into the habit of doing this several times a year for a clean and less cluttered house. Once per season, so four times a
year, is a good benchmark to work towards. It will also encourage you to buy less in the first place, which is never a bad thing!
Make home decorations
Here is something that many of us do year on year. A public holiday or celebration comes around, like Easter or Christmas or Thanksgiving. We forget that we already have lots of decorations. We go out, and we buy even more! After a few years of this, we’ve wasted loads of money on purchasing things we already have elsewhere in the house.
You can use the kids and the vacation time to counteract this. Sit down together and make home and holiday decorations together. Decide on which holidays you will make them for. Then get crafty. You could go to a local DIY or arts and crafts store. Or just use things you already have around the home. Once you’re done, be sure to box them away in clearly labeled boxes. When the holiday theme comes around later that year or next year, your decorations will be pre-made and good to go! You could even get well ahead of the pack and make some Christmas decorations!
Nobody likes cleaning, let’s be honest. But when the kids are off school, teach them that it is their responsibility to help out. After all, they live in your house too. If you want to keep them away from strong chemicals, give them tasks like window cleaning or car cleaning. Some music and snacks can make it feel more like a game than a chore!