This debate happens between parents and child at some stage in their life. There is no specific time the ‘cleaning’ debate will occur, but there is no doubt it will happen. A parents version of clean and a child’s will differ immensely.
But there are ways you can get your child to clean their room without causing a fuss. Here is a quick guide to get your child to clean so that you will both be happy with the outcome. This plan is to designed to help get your child to maintain a clean room over the week.
Don’t worry if their room is a total disaster. You just need to set the timer for around 15 minutes each day and get them started. By making a game out of it and giving them a time limit, you will find a clear space in no time.
For the first few weeks you may want to assist to get started in the long process. Don’t worry about perfect organization to begin with, it will happen in time.
Donate box – get rid of the items that they no longer use or need.
Assorted baskets or buckets for smaller items
Labels – labels makes organising easier
Every Day: get your child to make the bed. It is a simple task, but many children don’t do this. Get them to do this before they complete their daily cleaning job.
Clear surfaces. Any surface such as tables, dresses, desks etc
Dust surfaces – this shouldn’t take long as it should already be cleared.
Clear floor- remove anything visible on the floor and put away in appropriate place.
Sweep or vacuum- which ever one needs doing more. A quick sweep will do wonders once a week.
Pick a spot – you or your child can pick one spot for the day that they must clean. Make a list of the untidy spots and check them off.
Change bedding. You may need to assist in changing the bedding, but make sure the child takes the sheets to the laundry room.
Free Day – let your child have a free day to relax in their room without cleaning it. They will look forward to Sunday, and if they do a good job during the week, it will make each day easier.
Each day encourage your child to get faster at the daily tasks. They will soon learn that if they work hard on Monday, when it comes to Friday their job will be smooth sailing. It only takes 15 minutes or less a day to keep your child’s room tidy.