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Friday, June 3, 2016

DIY Home Improvement Projects For You & Your Kids

Keeping your home in excellent working order means constantly providing TLC. But you don't have to do it all on your own. Some projects can be tackled by the whole family. Employing the help of your little one will teach him or her virtue of responsibility, especially the importance of taking care of his or her belongings. Here are some of the best home improvement DIY projects you can do with your kids.

Gardening

Get your little one out into the fresh air by spending some time in the garden, pulling weeds and re-organizing your vegetable and flower plots. Gardening is an excellent opportunity to teach your child about the life cycle of plants. It also helps them understand where their food comes from and how growing food is a process that requires dedication. They can contribute by planting seeds, watering, weeding and harvesting ripe vegetables and fruit. If you don’t have a backyard for a garden, you can plant an herb garden in a window planter. This small-scale garden will also provide an opportunity for your child to learn about food growth.

Toy Storage

A house can easily become cluttered if you don’t strategically organize your space. Employ the help of you child and work on the organization of their playroom or bedroom. This is a small project that will benefit both you and your child - you will have a clean house and they will have an easier time finding their toys. If you need storage solutions, consider buying tubs, shelving and drawer consoles. Have your child go with you to the store, so they can pick out their favorite containers - they will become dedicated to this project if they can voice their preferences and are involved in the process from beginning to end.

Painting

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for a room. Your child can help you with the painting, just give them a paintbrush and they will excitedly contribute. Make sure you give them a brief painting tutorial on the best techniques, so you can avoid any drips or paint splatters. Depending on the age of your child, you may want them to wear goggles. Children have a tendency to wipe their eyes, and unknowingly your child may touch their face with their paint-ridden hands.

Appliance Cleaning

It is important that you regularly give your appliances a deep clean. Even with a warranty, you should do your part to protect your home appliances. For your gas range stovetop, take a few old toothbrushes and scrub the small crevices with a surface cleaner. Your child will love this project as it lets them utilize a tool that is suited for the size of their hands. You can also give the inside of your dishwasher a deep clean, utilizing some of the items in your pantry, like distilled white vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice.

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