Cleaning the children’s bedroom seems like an impossible task for parents with young kids around. Kids who are still learning to pack away or clean up their stuff have a talent for making a room in a perpetual state of mess. The number of children in the house doesn’t seem to make much of a difference when it comes to managing the mess. Parents who only have a single child also face the same challenge in keeping the child’s room tidy. Luckily there are tools or strategies that one can use for maintaining a clean and organized children’s bedroom. Here are some tips that are worth a try.
1. Box-out the Mess with Boxes. Teaching kids to be well organized can start by getting them boxes for their toys and craft supplies. Assign a box for their toys and another one for their craft supplies, and let them segregate the mess when they “help” you pack away. This can also make it easy for them to find their toys and minimize the risk of losing a favorite toy in some hidden nook in the room. One could also consider having several boxes for a more efficient toy segregation or storage. For example, one can have separate boxes for puzzles and blocks; cars, dolls and action figures; and role play toys like kitchen sets, tools, doctor’s kit etc.
2. Don’t Under estimate the value of Under-Storage. These portable drawers can help you save time in finding and storing items, and make an efficient use of the bedroom space as well. They are usually placed under the bed, at the bottom of the closet or in any underutilized space in the bedroom. Under-storage compartments are often used to hold clothes, beddings, books, and excess toys.
3. Use plenty of carrots. Given a choice between the carrot or positive reinforcement, and the stick, or a reprimanding approach, the carrot takes the edge in motivating the kids to clean-up their room. It may come as a surprise for some, but there are actually a lot of kids today who seek praise from their parents. Encouraging them to clean-up on their own and recognizing their efforts whenever they help you tidy up the room can sometimes be enough to make them to do it on a regular basis. Start using the stick when the kids are old enough to understand the concept of rewards and consequences. Parents can use it to persuade kids to always keep their rooms clean or at least keep it clean most of the time. Goodies, extra play time, or anything that interests them, may be given as a reward for proper clean-up while punishments like no TV time or no new toys for the month can be given when they stubbornly refuse to clean their rooms.
One can make use of all three tips and make adjustments along the way. Getting the kids to help out in clean-up activities can be more challenging than doing the all work yourself, but once you succeed, the rewards are definitely more fulfilling. Aside from getting some load off on your daily chores, you also get to teach your kids the value of independence and keeping a clean and well-organized room.