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3 Simple Ways to Get Your Kids to Clean Their Room

Updated on May 13, 2017

Ugh. It’s that time again: time to get your kids to clean their room. This task can go from overwhelming to simple by finding which one of these strategies work best for your child. It may even inspire you for when you need to pick up other rooms in your house! Here are three easy methods to help your kids learn to clean their room.

The Clock Method

For this method, pick a corner of the room to start in. Begin picking up from there, following around the room clockwise. This method works really well for the child who likes to see immediate results of a clean room. If your child gets overwhelmed by seeing all the mess at once, it may not be the best method.

The Pile On The Bed Method

The first step in this method is to make the child’s bed. Next pick everything up off the floor and place it on the bed. Your child can then pick and choose what to put away next from the pile on the bed. A child who wants to feel in control of the mess will love this method. If a huge pile seems too daunting to your child you may want to try another way of cleaning.

The Cleaning By Type Method

This method works really well for those kids who can’t see the forest for the trees. If you can help your child to focus on one type of thing to pick up, this will be great for them. This also works really well if your child’s room has particular places for each type of item to go. Have your child pick up dirty clothes, then books, then toy cars, for example. Sometimes focusing on the type of item to pick up takes away the distraction of the bigger mess.

Find Which Method Works For You And Your Child

The next time your child needs to clean up their room, pick a method you think will work for them. Take it step by step so they don’t feel confused or overwhelmed by it. You can also combine methods such as piling everything on the bed and then taking things off by type. Once you’ve found the right method for your child cleaning up will feel like less of a chore and eventually, your child will master this skill and can do it by themself! What a relief that day will be!

Do you have a favorite way to teach a child to clean up their room? Have you tried these methods and found a fit for your child? Share in the comments below! I would love to hear all about it!


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