Your kids LOVE cleaning their rooms right? Yeah mine doesn’t either but I hope I made you laugh;) Here are some tips for getting a reluctant cleaner to tidy their rooms with minimal fuss.
8 Tips to Get Kids to Clean Their Rooms
- Cause and Effect – For my son, explaining cause and effect works well. For example, I explain that we want to have a clean room so we can easily find our toys and important items, we want our friends to be able to come over and play plus it just feels nice to be in a clean room.
- Dangle a Carrot – “Why don’t you clean your room so your friends can come over tonight?” is one of my famous parenting lines. It really gets my son moving when I want him to do any chores.
- Break it down – If his room is REALLY messy and feels overwhelming, I’ll have him break the job into small ones. For example, I’ll say, “Just clean this side of the room.” or “Just pick up all of your Legos and army guys.” Once he’s done with that, I’ll pick something else. This makes it more manageable.
- Time it – Another tip to make the job more manageable is to say, “I’ll set the timer for 15 minutes and that’s all you have to clean today.” Any kid can clean for 15 minutes. For younger kids, counting out loud works well too. When I was a preschool teacher I’d count to 30 and have the kids run around cleaning while I counted.
- Buy new cleaning/organizing supplies – Who doesn’t like to use new supplies? When I go out and buy new organizing containers, I can’t wait to use them when I get home and the same can work with your kids.
- Stick to your guns – If your child doesn’t do what he’s supposed to, don’t get mad. Just wait until the next time he wants something, “Oh sorry, you can’t go to Billy because you refused to clean your room but you’ll have another chance tomorrow.”
- Reward – If your child does a good job cleaning their room, offer to let them have a friend over or buy them a small item to decorate their room with. This will enforce the benefits of having a clean room.
- Make it a ritual – Make it a part of your routine to prepare your child for the task. For example, if you have them pick up every day before lunch, dinner, and/or bedtime, they’ll know it’s coming so it will be less of a hassle.
What are some ways you get your kids to clean their rooms?
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