Teaching kids to keep their room clean can sound difficult but it isn’t. With the help of some great tips and strategies, you can make cleaning a fun routine for your kids (and even for yourself).
First of all, make a checklist. This checklist will be your kids guide to clean their rooms. The checklist should consist of all those things kids need to clean up. They can tick the task they have completed and can move on to the next task.
You can even design a road map. Like firstly keep your toys in the toy basket, then fold the clothes (if there are dirty clothes, put them in the laundry basket), then keep the books in the cupboard, etc. This would be of great help to the kids. They won’t have to even think about what to do and how to do. Using your checklist/roadmap, they will be able to clean their room.
Another tip is to have plenty of baskets. You can either keep different colored baskets or put a label (For example, toys, clothes, stationery etc.) on all the baskets. Explain to your kids what each basket is meant for and how they should use it. This would make the cleaning process easier.
Sometimes (or many times) grown-ups hate cleaning messy rooms. Similarly for kids cleaning their rooms is not their favorite pastime. So, another tip is to make cleaning their room a fun activity for them. Don’t make cleaning a serious task for them. You can organise a friendly cleaning competition between your kids. The one who cleans his/her room quickly and properly would get a prize. Think of anything that makes cleaning a fun job and not a tedious one.
Also, try to help your kids in their cleaning work, especially if they are small. Teach them how to clean their room, how to properly fold their clothes, how to organize their study table, etc. After a while, let them take the lead. You will now only assist them. Gradually stop assisting them and let them do the entire cleaning work on their own.
It would be helpful if you can create a monthly cleaning day. So, on the monthly cleaning day, you will carefully check out your kids’ room. See if there are any corners that have not been touched during daily cleaning routines. See if they should discard any things. Do a deep check and explain them their mistakes.
One of the most important tips is to appreciate your kids for their efforts. Even if their cleaning process is not up to the mark, appreciate their efforts. Your appreciation would act as a catalyst the next time your kids clean their room. They would work more diligently just to receive the same (or even more) appreciation from you. You can also give them some rewards (their favorite ice cream, a new toy, cook their favorite pasta etc.) for their efforts.
These little yet effective tips would definitely help you. Using these tips, try to teach your kids to keep their room clean and tidy!