Kids Cleaning Buckets (and a HUGE Give Away!) - Juniper Home

Kids Cleaning Buckets (and a HUGE Give Away!)


I posted my cleaning schedule last week when I shared my cleaning closet redo and some of you were curious if my girls help with the household work.

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Evie helps out too, but my two older girls are old enough to do some real cleaning as part of their weekly chores. To make their chores a little more exciting (a stretch, I know!) and to give them more ownership, the girls and I decided they needed their own cleaning kits. So we went to Home Depot together and shopped for some supplies to make the kits. We found a huge display with duct tape in all different colors and we thought that would make a cute (and waterproof!) decoration for simple white buckets.

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We also picked up some colorful nylon cording.

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The girls and I worked together to wrap the buckets in layers of the duct tape. If you roll the bucket while pulling the tape really taut, there won’t be any air bubbles or wrinkles.

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Then we used a hot glue gun to wrap the handles in the nylon cording.

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It’s surprising to me how putting in even a little extra effort to make something beautiful gives a household item so much more importance. My girls love these buckets and they’ve been diligently doing their chores lately! Success!

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The Home Depot and P&G want to give away a few things today so one of you readers can kick start your own cleaning and organizing project! To enter to win a $200 gift card to The Home Depot along with some cleaning products including Febreze Air Effects, Bounty Select-A-Size and Charmin Ultra Soft, simply leave a comment on this post and share what project you have in mind. Or share what you do to help get your kids excited to help cleaning!

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And don’t forget to check out all the great blogger projects here to get yourself inspired!


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936 thoughts on “Kids Cleaning Buckets (and a HUGE Give Away!)

  1. I have a small bathroom that I'd like to redecorate. It's about the size of that closet you remodeled! Some paint and fabric for wall paper makes me totally inspired!! Hope I win!

  2. My daughter just turned 4, but she is always so anxious to help clean! I never thought to create her own bucket to make it feel that much better :) Usually I don't have to do much of anything other than hand her a cleaning tool to get her excited!

  3. My daughter just turned 4, but she is always so anxious to help clean! I never thought to create her own bucket to make it feel that much better :) Usually I don't have to do much of anything other than hand her a cleaning tool to get her excited!

  4. We get to make room for a nursery! Of course that means my craft room and my husband's office need to merge so there is plenty of cleaning and organizing to be done!

  5. We're closing on our house next week! It needs some serious cleaning before we move in.

    What kid? I need to get excited about cleaning myself.

  6. Oh wow! Home Depot is our 2nd home lately, since we just bought our actual home 3 months ago and have been busy renovating/fixing up ever since. This week our projects are fixing up the 2nd bathroom (removing shower door) and hopefully beginning to tackle the kitchen: removing backplate and making way for new counters. Good times, no really :)

  7. My five year old loves to help put the folded laundry away (not that it necessarily stays folded, but he loves to help at this age and I want to encourage that to continue)!

  8. We bought a new house last April and have been renovating it for what seems like forever. I would so like to use this to put the finishing touches on things like Home Depots pretty vertical blinds for the french doors leading out into the enclosed garden (with gorgeous tea roses gone wild). And painting the white trim all around the outside of the house. It's peeling. Also, we need a new pump for the fish (?) pond in the garden. And…

  9. I just bought a secondhand dining table that I want to sand down and refinish…that will create a big dusty mess, so there is a lot of cleaning in my future ;)

  10. We hang a chart on the fridge that reminds all of us who is in charge of what each day. Each of the kids get one job a day plus dish duty. This system is simple and they are good about doing their jobs because they know how to do them

  11. I love my house. It's a brick Cape Cod built in 1938, full of character and quirkiness. It also attracts dust like a magnet. I call it "The Great Dust Bowl." We're about halfway through a complete kitchen renovation (which will then spill immediately over into gutting the entire second floor) so the dust is now on steroids. We need to get cleaned up and consolidated enough to survive living on the first floor, so there is lots of work ahead. I think we'll bling out the buckets and give my daughter her own Princess Pail for cleaning.

  12. We bought a fixer-upper when our baby was a whopping three days old. She's almost a year and we are checking things left and right off the list. Windows and new window sills are next on the list. As for chores, we conquer and divide. Each Saturday, each kiddo cleans a bathroom, their room, and a family area. Playing and screen time after. That's usually all the motivation it takes.

  13. We bought a fixer-upper when our baby was a whopping three days old. She's almost one and we have been crossing things off the list left and right. Next up is new windowsills and a few new windows.
    Saturday chores. We conquer and divide. And it stays clean for maybe an hour. :)

  14. My boys love to help…initially but they tire so quickly. I would love to have them find ownership over their chores and this DIY bucket idea is such a great one!

  15. Great bucket idea. Will have to try that out and see if my girls will be more excited to do their chores. I'd love to build some built-in storage on the back wall of our playroom. We've recently moved and there's none in there so everything is still in boxes and driving me crazy.

  16. LOVE the buckets! My daughter would love a "cleaning kit"! I on the other hand would LOVE the gift card for a laundry room re-do! Quoting Donkey from Shrek… Pick me! Pick me!

  17. Oh man, you have inspired me to tackle bathroom storage. We are renting an apartment, so they will be no painting involved. But I can definitely use some of your tips.

    Thank you so much for your post. I love all the colors you use!

  18. I'm currently working on getting our pantry in shape. Singing our "clean up" song is the best way to get my 14-month old to help pick up his toys, but I'll be using this bucket trick as soon as he's old enough!

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