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Clean up your room day - May 10th

Updated on November 21, 2014

This is an actual photo of my child's room

Clean up your room day is May 10th!

While some might this that is directed only at children, I know some adults who also need to clean their rooms. So in fairness, let's embrace this holiday and make it a family day. Even if your room is clean I bet you have a junk drawer that could use some help.

How to clean your room

How to Clean Your Room in 10 Easy Steps
How to Clean Your Room in 10 Easy Steps

The first step in the book is "Always wait until your mother hollers, "GET UP THERE AND CLEAN YOUR ROOM-NOW!" using all three of your names. Once she does, you'd better get moving."

I am definitely buying this book. It will appeal to my 11-yr-old who always does better with a bit of humor.

 

Lockers are great for a kid's room

Before the kids can clean their rooms, what is valuable must be determined. Behind those closed doors are treasures that he refuses to part with. Some of the is our fault because when we adopted him (our grandson), the treasures were all he had from his past.

If a child hangs onto something that you consider to be junk, it is time to talk about it. We have allowed a couple of pieces to stay while removing most of the others. Now that he is older, he is willing to let some of it go without a fight but now he has to tell us the memory associated with it before it can stay.

Lockers are a great storage idea - just don't open them!

Lockers are a great storage idea - just  don't open them!
Lockers are a great storage idea - just don't open them!

Need some ideas to get started?

I love "Fly Lady". This is a great site for total house cleaning with no guilt. One of the things that I found to be helpful is the "31 Beginner BabySteps". The first day is shine your sink. In 31 days, all the rooms in the house can be clean including the kids. I actually joined the website because there is so much wonderful information and I am "Flying".

Here are two storage items that make it easier for our child

Sterilite 29308001 Wide 3 Drawer Cart, White Frame with Clear Drawers and Black Casters, 1-Pack
Sterilite 29308001 Wide 3 Drawer Cart, White Frame with Clear Drawers and Black Casters, 1-Pack

Even with the lockers, storage is still an issue. He has electronic stuff that gets scattered all over the room. We like the Sterlite products and use them in other rooms too. We also appreciate that they are made in America.

 
Whitmor Double Rod Closet Freestanding Silver / Black
Whitmor Double Rod Closet Freestanding Silver / Black

We had the one shelf and the rod running the length of the closet. Doesn't work so we have replaced it with a closet organizer. This is much less expensive than a custom closet organizer and the dust that might collect on the shelves is non-existent. At least he doesn't have to dust here.

 

Unscientific cleaning poll

Do you have a designated day to do deep cleaning in any of your rooms?

See results

Get a handle on the dirty clothes

Every room must have a hamper. The issue here is that the clothes get piled on the hamper and never make it inside. Like us, we have no hampers with lids. Better chance for the clothes to get inside. Still, there are some with lids here if you are organized enough to open and close them.

Make it fun

There are some children who have clean rooms. My husband was one of them but he is outnumbered here.

This is a one day event. We do the surface cleaning on a regular basis but seldom attack the closet or the lockers. Clean your room day involves bigger tasks like pulling out the bed to see what has made it way to out-of-sight, out-of mind. It takes longer to move the furniture to vacuum.

We are usually tired when we are done and make a point of doing something fun. One year we went for ice cream. As he gets older, we find other things that he enjoys. Good behavior deserves a reward. After cleaning the locker, we all deserve something special.

How clean is your room? - Remember, this is a holdiay for everyone!

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      Ann Hinds 3 years ago from So Cal

      I'm with you. I could clean up my office but why?

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      Erin Mellor 3 years ago from Europe

      I'd designated today as clean up my office day, but I'm clearly not doing that.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Lockers are great for storage, just don't open them....truer words were never spoken. Wish I'd stopped by earlier, someone dear to me has a birthday on May 10th...I'll remind him next year. I like things on the tidy side and always have, can't imagine doing it once a year but that may work for many folks. Congratulations on being featured on the Best of May - Silly Celebrations...a clean room is something to celebrate!

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Well, my room is clean. It always has been because I have to live in there. I like your idea. At least some people would have an excuse to clear up once a year.

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      My room (and my entire home) is always clean, a habit acquired from years of buying, rehabbing and selling homes. We listed our homes for sale as soon as we completed the work required to get them up to snuff, which necessitated keeping our residence spotless and perfect at all times (admittedly quite a pain in the neck, but which helped sell every home quickly!) Congrats on being featured on the May Silly Celebrations monsterboard!

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      My room (and my entire home) is always clean, a habit acquired from years of buying, rehabbing and selling homes. We listed our homes for sale as soon as we completed the work required to get them up to snuff, which necessitated keeping our residence spotless and perfect at all times (admittedly quite a pain in the neck, but which helped sell every home quickly!) Congrats on being featured on the May Silly Celebrations monsterboard!

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Mine's actually pretty clean, but I think we should have a Clean Up Your Room Day every month as a reminder to keep it that way!