There couldn’t be a better time for us to acknowledge National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day than in November – right before the holidays. It also makes a perfect time to get your kids helping out in the kitchen as well. Grab these fun kitchen chore printables and other helpful resources to give you a head start before the holidays get here.
Finding out about National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day (November 15) has reminded me of the chaos that is called pre-visitor cleaning. I needed something to remind me and light a fire under my motivation to get my home in order for the holidays.
Cleaning out the fridge is definitely a great way to start or end in your pre-visitor cleaning process. We definitely need room in the refrigerator for storing prepared foods and for the best part of holiday meals… leftovers.
I take the following steps when tackling the dreaded refrigerator cleaning:
- Empty unwanted or expired items on the shelves.
- Wipe the whole inside of the refrigerator down.
- Remove any drawers you can and scrub them, then run them through the dishwasher (if you have one).
- Vacuum condenser coils.
- Vacuum out under the refrigerator.
- Move the refrigerator enough to sweep and mop under it.
Let this motivation to clean out the refrigerator provide an opportunity for you to teach your kids how to help in the kitchen chores and have some fun doing it. Why should we dread cleaning up things like the refrigerator on our own? Get the kiddos, make a plan and grab these fun kitchen chore printables to help create your kitchen cleaning plan.
Check out these fun chore printables for getting your kitchen ready in time for the holidays:
Children’s Chore Chart Printables | She Holds Dearly
Kitchen Cleaning To-Do List | Thirty Handmade Days
Teaching Kids to Clean the Kitchen – a Printable Checklist | Early Bird Mom
Kitchen Cleaning Checklist: Daily, Weekly And Monthly Chores + Printable | Household Management 101
Kids Chore Chart Magnets (Printable) | Thou Shall Not Whine
If you are not sure exactly where to start, the resources below to give you a head start.
How to Get Children Involved in Kitchen Chores | Do-It-Yourself Danielle
Kitchen Chores Kids Can Do Based On Their Age | Simplemost
50 Kitchen Chores for Kids to Teach Responsibility | Super Healthy Kids
10 Tips to Make Cleaning Fun for Kids| Tips from a Typical Mom
DIY Kitchen Chore Chart for Kids | Life Family and Fun
The Ultimate List of Kitchen Chores for Kids aged 2 to 12 | Brightside.me
Clever, Easy Solutions to get your Kids to do Chores | Kitchen Stewardship
How to Organize the Fridge and Freezer | Kidsactivities.com
15 Simple Ways to Help Make Chores Fun for Kids | TRU Parenting
Here are some things we do to make the most out of cleaning the dreaded kitchen:
- Play some music! We love Spanish music so it’s our cleaning music.
- Dance! If all else fails, just dance. Our home is a safe place where we can let loose. Let loose, dance like no one is watching and get the chores done.
- Purchase some cute, colorful cleaning utensils your kids can use as their own.
- Place supplies in a cleaning caddy for each child. This gives kiddos a sense of ownership for kitchen cleaning time.
- Make your own cleaning products with your kids. Kids love to make things, and making something that will help out the home really allows kids to appreciate and contribute to the home.
These few steps we take to make kitchen cleaning fun have really helped our whole outlook, even in cleaning the refrigerator. Cleaning the kitchen is one of our least favorite chores, so we could use as much help as possible. Happy holiday cleaning everyone, it is that time of year!
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!