Lorie Anderson has a Masters of Science in Education, Learning, Design, and Technology from Purdue University, and also a parenting blogger at MomInformed suggests a practical tip for getting kids to clean their rooms:
I found that letting my kids know we’re donating their old stuff to charity warms them up to the idea of parting with old toys a little bit. They enjoy being able to help kids less fortunate than them, and they actually get excited to pull toys from their toy boxes for donation.
But don’t put pressure on kids to get rid of a special attachment object, such as a teddy bear. They’re here to stay.
Be A Good Example
Robert Johnson founder of Sawinery shares his insights regarding how to get kids to clean their room.
He says,” Be a good example yourself.”
He adds, “A child is often a reflection of their parents, which is why a parent plays an important role here. Set yourself as an example by showing and setting cleaning habits. The best way to do so is to set a day for general cleaning where the whole family is required to clean.
Assign your kids on their own chores. Make sure that everyone is participating and doing their tasks accordingly.
By doing this regularly, at least once a week, you will be able to mold your kids to have a sense of responsibility and make them understand that it is all for their own good.”
Sherry Morgan, Founder of Petsolino shares her ideas: As a mom, allow me to share my parenting tips and tricks to get your kids to clean up not just their toys but even help you in the house.
She continues, “Have the right tools. I like having the little spray bottles just from the dollar store where the kids can add their own essential oils.
Also having their own little cleaning tools and supplies help in motivating them and giving them the idea that cleaning is fun.”
Lorie Anderson a parenting blogger at MomInformed says,”If there’s a particular problem with one child’s room, and if parents have been begging a messy child to clean their room, it may be easier to make it worse before it gets better.
Let the child continue to live in squalor while you make regular suggestions for a day/time to clean the room. Eventually, the child will WANT to clean their room so they have a place to sleep and do homework.
Sherry Morgan, Founder of Petsolino says We often have superheroic cleaning parties or pirate cleaning parties but my kids’ favorite is when I treat them like cleaning crews. So we pretend that it’s a kid cleaning crew with their little cleaning kits going to town to clean some houses. They’re having quite a lot of fun here
Beth McCallum,a writer for the cleaning website Oh So Spotless suggests,”Create a chore chart:
If your little one finds ticking things off a list super motivating, a chore chart might be in order. Every day, give them one cleaning task, whether this is in their room or elsewhere around the house. For example, every day, they must make their bed, put their clothes away and tidy their toys. Have them tick that off the list. Perhaps at the end of the week, if they have enough ticks, they earn a reward.”
Make it a date
Lorie Anderson a parenting blogger at MomInformed says, “Pick a specific night every week, order pizza or make something easy for dinner, and have a family cleaning night. Assign specific tasks to each member of the family (yes, mom and dad participate, too) and then check in on each other to ensure progress. When the work is done, celebrate with a special dessert or a night of games, TV, or togetherness.
Sherry Morgan, Founder of Petsolino says,”Make it a challenge.
Whether you have two or more kids, it really helps to make a challenge and one of my favorite challenges is giving them a white cleaning cloth with their own cleaning spray and see who gets the dirtiest cloth. They can even clean obscure places that I never even think about or bother cleaning. They’re having a good time and at the end of the day, they get some treats.”
Don’t clean up after
Beth McCallum,a writer for the cleaning website Oh So Spotless suggests ,”Don’t clean up after them:
It might be time for some tough love if your kids aren’t cleaning their room. If you clean up after them, they will figure out that if they don’t clean, someone else will. So stop cleaning up after your kids, and eventually, they’ll realize that living in a mess isn’t as fun as it sounds.”
How to teach a child to clean their room
Ema from Minimize My Mess says,” My two favorite ways to encourage little ones to clean their room are:
1) Make it less overwhelming
Implement a toy rotation. Take some boxes and pack away all but 10 toys. Rotate the ten toys when your little one is bored.
Only having ten toys out at a time makes the thought of tidying up a lot less overwhelming for kids (and parents!)
2) Make it fun!
Turn it into a game by setting a timer and picking exciting rules based on their age:
– pick up blue things! – pick up five things! – pick up things that start with “b”! – who can pick up the most blocks? – organize your legos by color!
How to get kids clean their room in three steps?
Kate Fraiser. I am a Parent Coach for Connect Point Moms and Director of Early Childhood Ministries at Grace Point Church shares three practical and beautiful ideas to get kids to clean their room.
First Everything in parenting starts with the relationship you have with your child since Connection Creates Cooperation. The more connected your children feel to you, the more likely they will be to cooperate with you. So when working on a skill set – like helping them learn to clean their room – it’s important to start there.
How much face-to-face time are you spending with your child? Have you been unusually busy or preoccupied lately? Once you have a connected relationship, the rest follows easily!
Next Assess the age and situation of your individual child by asking yourself if your child has the developmental capacity to accomplish this task alone.
Some children may feel overwhelmed with the direction to clean their room and not know where to start: Toys? Games? Clothes? Dishes? Bedding?
It’s also possible that your sense of cleanliness is not the same as your child’s!
Breaking it down into smaller tasks would be helpful: Pick up and fold or hang all the clothes that are on the floor. Then, sort your school stuff from your entertainment and put those on your desk and shelf. For younger children literally taking pictures of what clean means to you vs what it doesn’t could be all, they need to grasp this!
Finally Encouraging your child daily with lifelong habits to prevent the mess in the first place will help prevent a huge need for the fight of getting them to clean their room. For example, put a dirty clothes basket in their room and explain how you will only wash clothes that are put into that basket (this may take some time, but will eventually lead to a logical consequence of your child not having clean clothes to wear!).
You can also enforce a rule that doesn’t allow new toys, clothes, etc to be brought into the room unless something is removed to prevent overcrowding. Or add a rule that doesn’t allow any eating in the room to prevent wrappers, silverware, plates, cups, etc being left in there. These may be a pain to set up and reinforce, but will absolutely reap lifelong benefits for your child!
How do I get my child to clean his room?
Jack Miller, the founder of How I Get Rid Of a leading home improvement blog says,” As such, I have more than fifteen years of experience as a home improvement and pest control expert. And when it comes to getting kids to clean their room, it’s all about letting them know its value and importance.”
Here are four of his tips:
– Stop punishing them for not doing it: By doing this, you associate room cleaning with something negative, which they will only continue to stay away from.
– Explain the concept of cleanliness and order: Do it in a way that they would understand. Tell them all about how germs accumulate in dirty surfaces and how they can cause harm. You can also show them how tidiness is much more pleasing to look at than a messy environment filled with piles of clothes and toys.
– Make it fun: One way to do this is by turning it into a game with mini rewards. Create a contest between each kid to see who can clean and tidy up their rooms in one hour. The winner gets a bowl of hot fudge sundae.
– Make their allowances hinge on these chores:* This is more for the older kids to whom you give monetary allowances. Not only are you teaching them about cleanliness, but you’re also letting them feel what it’s to earn their allowance, which is another valuable life lesson.