Are you looking for ways to make your children more productive at home instead of just being glued to their smartphones and handheld devices?
From fixing squeaky kitchen cabinets in Salt Lake City to replacing furnace filters in Providence, these easy-to-do home improvement projects are a great and fun way of spending time with your kids and teaching them to be more responsible around the house.
10 Easy-to-Do Home Improvement Projects You Can Do with Your Kids
1. Put them on paint duty.
We put this at the top of the list because, admit it, as a kid, you also probably found painting jobs around the house lots of fun. Give them a brush or roller, a can of paint, work clothes, and a wall to paint and you can be sure that your kids will love you for it.
2. Have them clean and replace their furnace filters.
When you come up with a list of chores for your kids to do, put this as a subpoint under “Clean your room.”
Checking, cleaning, and changing filters will ensure your HVAC system is in great working condition. Plus, it’s a more “adult” chore compared to cleaning the bedroom.
3. Clean out faucet aerators around the house.
Dirty aerators are responsible for faulty faucets. Give your children an easy plumbing lesson by teaching them how to do this 10-minute fix.
4. Hang or change pictures on your walls.
Hanging pictures on the wall is a science on its own. Teaching your kids how to properly hang pictures on walls is another very “grown-up” thing they will surely be excited to do.
5. Get rid of the squeaking sounds on door hinges.
Give your kids a can of WD-40 and show them how to use it on squeaky door hinges. Alternatively, you may also use some olive oil or petroleum jelly for this task.
6. Do the same for squeaky floors.
Squeaky floors, on the other hand, aren’t as easy to fix. You will need some talcum or soapstone powder and sprinkle it the gaps in the noisy area. Place an old towel or cloth on the area and walk on it a few times to work all the powder into the gaps.
7. Give windows and mirrors a good cleaning and make them sparkle.
Give your children a sponge (or a microfibre cloth) and some cleaning solution and let them wipe windows and mirrors all over the house. They just like seeing how windows and mirrors sparkle and shine after they cleaned them.
8. Tighten all loose cabinet and drawer handles around the house.
Another easy thing to do around the house is to tighten cabinet and drawer handles. All you need to do is teach your children how to work with a screwdriver. “Lefty-loosey, righty-tighty.”
9. Take out scuff marks on the floors.
Scuff marks on vinyl floors are easy to get rid of with a bucket of soap and water and a sponge or rag.
10. Teach them how to use a vacuum cleaner properly.
For the ultimate “grown-up” home improvement chore, teach them how to handle a vacuum cleaner properly. Doing so will also instill in them a greater respect for a clean and safe environment and a greater sense of responsibility for and ownership of your home.
If you’re the type of parent who’s particular with how things are carried out, we do not recommend going through with this one. Either you do it yourself or get professional help instead. However, if you’re willing to let a few things slide in the name of family bonding, you’re in for a real treat.