Katherine is the owner and operator of Prompt Cleaners, a small cleaning company in the UK. You could say that she is a bit obsessed with organizing and decluttering, and in her free time she enjoys sharing her knowledge and wisdom through writing.
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Having to tackle a kid’s messy room isn’t easy, especially if this is a problem that regularly occurs. You may often find yourself helping your child clean and tidy it, but teaching them how to keep it clean is just as important.
I suggest that you start by talking with your child. Try to inspire your kids to keep their room neat and clean by explaining why it is so important. Depending on their age you can let them do simpler or more complex work. Just make sure they understand that they are the ones responsible for the cleaning and tidying of the room and you won’t do the work for them.
Here are a few tips on how to approach cleaning, tidying and organizing your child’s dirty room in order to maintain it in good condition and help you kids develop good habits.
Set the Tone
Before starting to blame your children for being careless and too untidy, try to talk to them. Explain that a tidy and clean room is healthier and that each item or piece of clothing is much easier to find. Listen to your child’s reasons for why they skip putting things in their places after using them. Make sure you listen to all they have to say. Once you’ve heard all they have to say, get started figuring out how to make regular cleaning and organizing work for both of you.
Play Second Fiddle
Let your child do most of the work while making yourself available to help as needed. Start by helping them get rid of unnecessary items and garbage, then put everything away in its place. Then have them tidy the cabinets, shelves and beds. Once the room is tidy, teach them to vacuum, dust, clean windows, furniture, electrical appliances and all other surfaces.
Let Your Kids be Themselves
It is important to let your kids have their personal space and tidy their room in their own way. Don’t try to convince them what looks good, or which colour suits the furniture or walls best. Teach your kids to be responsible and independent from an early age by helping them feel they control their own life and you are there for them only for support.
Everything in Its Place
Purchasing suitable containers, baskets, bins and dividers can really help your child keep all of their possessions tidy and organized in designated places. Use dividers to separate their clothes in dresser drawers, cabinets or closets by type and colour. Once you tidy and organize them this will inspire your child to keep their drawers, cabinets and closets in this condition.
Create a Cleaning Schedule
If necessary create a schedule for your child once or a few times per week to clean and de-clutter their room. Set rules and deprive them of something they like to do if they don’t provide the necessary cleaning and tidying on the appointed days.
Motivation is the Key to Success
When you notice your children cleaning up, encourage them and let them know how pleased you are! PromptCleaners Tooting suggests praising them for the results they have accomplished and letting them know that this is how the room should always look, as it will inspire them to keep it that way! You can get creative with other forms of motivation as well!
Cleaning, tidying and keeping a kid’s room in good condition can be a challenge for everyone. If the room is constantly messy this could indicate an underlying problem. Have a talk with your kids to figure out what the bigger problem may be and work together to address it.
Once you set a system for cleaning and tidying their room, set them up for success with furniture and storage that promotes organization, and make sure to encourage and support them, they will begin to have the work done better, faster and more regularly.
What are YOUR secrets and tricks for helping your kids learn to keep their rooms neat and tidy?