As the mornings goes on, the reminders are not as gentle as they were in the beginning. “How many times do you want me to remind you that you will get punished if you do not clean your room? Clean up the mess right away!”.
Today I am a parent of two naughty boys and I am looking for an alternative to make them love cleaning and make them do it on a regular basis, without postponing it. Children think of their rooms as their castles, even if messy, their rooms are the place where they feel most safe. They think that it is up to them whether and when a room should be cleaned. Then the situations escalates. Parents scold, kids are getting more stubborn. At the end, none is in a good mood. But it does not have to be always like this.
Teaching our children how to keep their rooms clean and organised puts valuable treats in their bag of skills for being an adult. For example, if a kid follows a regular routine, it makes the kid more responsible when already a grown up.
So lets proceed to some simple ways I found really helpful and most importantly efficient in the battle of making my boys follow my lead and be fully commited. I believe in the power of a good example. I came to the conclusion that little children are more likely to obey when they see what we do, rather than when they hear what we say. Kids take in what we do better than what we say. How you do a single chore is what they will accept as normal and will try to do it exactly like you do. Isn’t it what we aim for?
Try to make kids proud of owning a place, whether it be an entire room or just a specific corner of a shelf, it does not matter. When they know that this specific area is all theirs, they will do their best to take the necessary care of it. Kids love to feel part of the family, especially when their efforts are highly appreciated. That is why you can also let them rearrange the furniture in their rooms or paint the already mentioned shelf in a way they want.
One of the most important steps you need to take when making your kids clean and organise their rooms is to make your orders clear. You cannot say “Bring your room into order” because your kids do not know if your understanding of order matches theirs. Try something like “make your bed” or “vacuum the floor”.
Another thing is that there should be a specific space for everything. The kid should know that this puzzle box belongs to that shelf exactly and etc. Provide enough boxes and bins. If you label them together, it would be easier for the kid to orientate.
If kids are taught from an early age how to be productive and how to clean and organise their rooms better, they will shaped into a more responsible and better person when they grow up.
About the author:
Sophia Evans is an owner of small cleaning company called Vauxhall Tidy S8 Cleaners. Something that she loves to do is to travel and walk her dog in the park. She tries to engage her children with cleaning chores, because she truly believes that everyone should help with the housekeeping. Writing articles is a hobby that she is currently trying to explore.