With so many home projects on your to-do list before a sale or fall, the weekends are the prime time to check them off. It might seem difficult to get your tasks done while watching the kids, so why not get them involved? There are plenty of family home projects that the family can do together that leave the home looking better—and give you time to bond on the weekends.
1. Painting a Wall
Over the years, walls become stained from hands touching them, paint starts to chip off, dust builds up, and so on. So why not work together as a family to add a new layer and revitalize the walls? It’s a good opportunity to personalize, and it might be the first time since you bought the house to add a new coat of paint. You can teach your children how to use a paint roller, lay down a tarp or drop cloth and paint without getting anything on their clothes. If they’re a bit too young, dress them in old clothes. It’s a good chance for them to feel involved without worrying about a mess.
2. Making and Installing Concrete Steps
One project to improve the look of your yard is making and installing concrete steps. Using concrete mix and mold from a home improvement store, you can teach your children how to pour the mold and then personalize or decorate the stone before it hardens. Just be sure they don’t get too much on their hands. Then you can show them how to dig the holes, though you should be the one to lay the steps to be safe. It gives them a sense of responsibility and leaves your yard with a beautiful walkway.
3. Installing Solar Lights
If your porch lights don’t fully illuminate the backyard, you can buy solar light fixtures that you can install as a family. By placing one into the ground as an example, you and your children can measure where each lighting fixture should go around the backyard. It won’t require installing underground wires, as the sun will power the fixtures during the day. Your children will be able to push them into the soil easily and they don’t have too sharp of an end. You should supervise your children when they’re placing them, though, to avoid any kind of injury.
4. Maintaining Flower Beds
Weeding flower beds needs to be completed frequently from spring until almost winter. Parents can pay between $210 and $310 to have their lawn professionally maintained, or they could get the kids involved. Young children can find this especially fun, like it’s some kind of contest or challenge. If you show them what to look for, they can help you find all of the weeds and avoid pulling out your flowers. This could also be an opportunity to plant new flowers depending on the season. You can take them to a nursery and let them choose flowers and then help plant them. Then they can watch them grow and bloom so they have a piece of the garden to themselves.
5. Adding New Decor to Rooms
If your living room, a bedroom, or dining room is looking a little outdated, adding new decor might be an inexpensive way to modernize rather than remodeling. Your children could have a say in the decor, especially if it’s their bedroom you’re redecorating. Take them with you to the furniture or decor store and let them pick out a few things. If the items make sense and aren’t too expensive, add them to the room so they can tell visitors they got to pick that piece. It will give them a sense of honor for having had a say.
6. Cleaning Contest
Cleaning is imperative to keeping a home in top form, and parents can have it done professionally on a biweekly basis, or they could try and do it as a family on the weekends. Although children might not always like cleaning, parents might be able to find a way to make it fun. Maybe you can make it a contest between siblings or family members, see who can do the most rooms in the quickest amount of time. This could appeal to younger children who enjoy competing. It might be even better if you do it in teams, where it’s one parent with one child on each team to ensure everything is actually clean in the end.