A kid’s room is a place where anyone’s feet will meet with toy cars, plastic dishes, and legos. How do we get our kids to clean their room? Well depending on the age there are different methods.

1Make a Game Out of It:  Go to the room and sit on the bed. Tell them 3, 2, 1 Go! Pick up all your Trucks or Barbies if that’s the case.  Once they are done that, tell them 3,2,1 Go! Go pick all your dirty clothes and put them in the laundry hamper.  Keep the tasks specific till its all done.

For Older Children:  For older children its a bit different.  Look to see how messy the room is, how long will it take to clean?  Decide on what part of the day it needs to get done.  When time arrives that it is now time to clean.  Don’t give in to all the fussing that may occur.

Time Limits:  This may stress your child out and the task at hand will not likely get done.  When the fussing is done, make sure to leave the door open so you can check on them to se how far they got.

Extra Fussing:  If its got to the point where they are just fussing and nothing is getting done.  Take away the electronics till the room is clean.  Remember, you are the parent not them!

Set a Good Example:  Kids are like sponges, they copy and hear a lot more then what you think.  Do you take pride in your home?  If there is a mess, do you make sure to get it cleaned up asap?  What you do normally is what they will expect to do as they grow up.

There is a Spot for Everything:  It sets a good example if everything has a home.  Give your kids boxes and bins so that there is somewhere for things to go.  Work together.

Give Them a List of What needs to Get done:  Define a checklist of all the things that need to get done.  Example –  Make your bed, pick up laundry off the floor, put toys away, etc.  This will regiment and set the rules of what is expected.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Cleo Neufeld

Cleo Neufeld

Before meeting the love of her life, Cleo was a single mother to a beautiful little girl for many years. She shares her expertise in single parenting, building a relationship, living on a budget and more.