How to Get Kids to Clean Up!

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The new school year is fast approaching, and I’m on a mission to be more organized this year! One of my biggest challenges is getting the kids to clean up.  Today I’m tackling that challenge with Ten-Minute Tidy Lists.  Keep reading to find out how to get kids to clean up!

Learn how to get kids to clean up with editable, printable Ten-Minute Tidy Charts! {} #SharpieClearview #PMedia #ad

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How to Get Kids to Clean Up with Ten-Minute Tidy Lists

My kids love lists. There’s just something about checking things off that really motivates them. So, I’m combining their love of lists with a daily clean-up plan. I’m setting up Ten-Minute Tidy lists for each day.  One (a bedroom tidy list) to do right when they wake up, and the second (for the rest of the house) to do in the evening before bed time.

Learn how to get kids to clean up with editable, printable Ten-Minute Tidy Charts! {} #SharpieClearview #PMedia #ad

To make it even more fun, they’ll be checking off their lists with the new Sharpie Clearview Highlighters! Tell me what kid doesn’t love to play with color! My kids will be motivated to complete their tasks just so that they can use the highlighters. I love how a cool set of highlighters is so motivating!  (To keep it exciting–and to keep them from fighting–they’ll get to rotate colors each day or week.)

Learn how to get kids to clean up with editable, printable Ten-Minute Tidy Charts! {} #SharpieClearview #PMedia #ad

On a side note — am I the only adult who gets excited about school supplies?  I’m telling you, there’s nothing like a new colored gel pen or a set of markers.  All of a sudden, I just want to doodle all over stuff.  (Perhaps my youngest gets that from me.  I recently found her name carved in a side table, written on the center console in the minivan, and doodled on the piano keys!  I see lots of conversations about art verses graffiti in our future!)

Have you seen the Sharpie Clearview Highlighters?  The tip is clear so that you can see the text you are highlighting underneath!  So cool!  I found mine in a two-pack at Walgreens.  (They were even on sale!)

Ten-Minute Tidy Lists

Learn how to get kids to clean up with editable, printable Ten-Minute Tidy Charts! {} #cleaningtips #printable

Want to make some 10-Minute Tidy Lists of your own?  I thought you might!  I’ve created two sets of the downloads.  If you like my lists and want to use them “as is” you can download the pdf files.  If you want to change your up to fit your kids and home, you can download the printable and editable Excel spreadsheet version.  (Each lists comes in color or black and white.)

Click the link below to go to my Ten-Minute Tidy Printables download page.

Click here to go to my download page

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Have a great week!





  1. Thank you for the printable! These are really cute and a great idea for helping kids stay on track.

  2. Love this 10-minute Tidy printable Heidi! We just started having the kids help clean the dishes and load the dishwasher, it’s been great! Any bit to help mama, never hurt and teaching more responsibility.
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  3. Our kids are list oriented too so these would be very handy! Thank you for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest board.

  4. When I saw your lists with the Sharpie markers, I had to click over and look at them! Did you laminate the lists so you could reuse them?
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  5. Such great tips!

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  6. This is such a great idea! I’m in love with those little charts and can’t wait to try it out on my boys! Thanks for linking up at Wake Up Wednesday! Stopping by as a co-host!
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  7. 10 Minute Tidy is such a great idea-love it!!
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  8. Love this idea! Pinned to use!
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  9. This is such a brilliant idea – my kids aren’t old enough for chores yet so I might have to make one of these for my hubby!
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  10. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Link Party.
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