Keeping kids’ bedrooms clean can be a real struggle while homeschooling. We are in our homes a lot so everything gets messy! So, what are the tips for teaching kids how to keep their rooms clean?
1. Allow Time
Schedule some “tidy time” into the day. Allow time for picking up every single day, otherwise, it will get overlooked. If the kids use their bedrooms for play, crafts, or building then factor in a clean-up time into their free time. Let them know when it is time to start cleaning up. You can add an additional 10-15 minutes to their daily routine to tidy up things that can be put away.
2. Side by Side
If this is a new thing that you are working on in your home, stay with your kids during clean-up time. Don’t clean up for them, just stay by them and ask them questions to guide them in the thinking process to decide where the best and most logical places are to put things.
Continue to do this until they are comfortable completing the process on their own. This is a simple time but can be a blessing that helps you get to know them better. It will build your relationship and trust as you go spend this time together.
3. Put it in Writing
Write it down or make a picture chart to help them know what tasks need to be completed. Consider assigning specific tasks on certain days. For example, tidying surfaces like dressers, bookshelves, and desks, putting books, toys, and clothes away, cleaning under the bed, purging items that are no longer wanted or used, vacuuming, or changing sheets.
4. Inspect and Celebrate Regularly
Each day at a regular time, check their room together and help them identify what needs to be improved. Make a game out of it by asking questions or giving clues and guiding them in identifying what needs improvement. Keep the standards high so that you work yourself out of a job.
Congratulate them on their successes and gently encourage them regarding improvements that need to be made. High fives and smiles go a long way with kids! Remember to celebrate with them when they succeed. It is great to sit down with a kid in their clean room and teach them to admire the results of their hard work. Teaching them to revel in the serenity that they created is priceless.
5. Delay Gratification
Choose specific activities that cannot be done until their room is clean. This could be screen time or playing with siblings or friends. If your kids get an allowance, consider tying in the money they get each week with their room being clean.
Teaching kids they have to work and perform to a standard to get paid simulates the real world for them. Consequently, it helps teach them the value of money and work.
Once we get into a groove and train our kids in the habit of tidiness, we will all feel better! It is totally worth the time it takes each day to help our young ones take ownership to manage their own space. The more you do it, the less time it takes.
Tidiness brings more peace to our home, sets our kids up for future success, connects our kids deeper to us, and helps them feel better about themselves.