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How To Easily Keep your Kids Room Clean

Updated on July 10, 2014

Kids Need to Take Care of their Rooms

whatever the age-kids need to respect their rooms.
whatever the age-kids need to respect their rooms.
You can only hide for a while
You can only hide for a while
Eating in the bedroom should be a no-no.
Eating in the bedroom should be a no-no.
Kids should take care of their electronics.
Kids should take care of their electronics.

Your Kids Room: Do they care if it is clean?

It seems that no matter the age of kids, unless they are in infant stage, their rooms become disasters on a daily basis.Toddler age kids throw their toys everywhere and even manage to sneak food into their rooms. The older the kids are the mess seems to increase--strewn clothes, toys and even dirty dishes with left over food.

Teenagers create a slightly different scene in their rooms. Electronics are everywhere, food and dishes are found anywhere in the room and clothes are just thrown as they enter the room along with wet towels. Not a pretty picture.

There has to be a defense and a method for dealing with this ongoing problem that face mothers all over the world.

One good bit of advice is to save your breath in the nagging department, as most kids do not care what their room looks like and often don't care about the fragrance either.

Clothes are expected to be picked up off the floor and hanging out of dressers by mom and miraculously cleaned and put away. Why should they worry? .However those very same kids might get a bit upset if mom went on strike and there were no clean clothes to wear.

When does responsibility set in and when should it be enforced?

Kids 3-4 Years Old Responsibilities

What to expect from your toddler:

  1. Putting toys away
  2. No food in the room
  3. Pulling blanket up (their way of making the bed)
  4. Have a laundry basket for dirty clothes and help them with this. It will become a habit as they get older.

Solutions:

  1. Have a large toy box that they can easily put their toys in. Most of their toys will have large pieces for safety reasons. Don't worry if puzzle pieces are everywhere in the box or things get mussed a bit. They are learning to put things away after the day.
  2. Rules..no food in the kids room.
  3. Show the child how to bring the blanket up to the pillow. Have a simple blanket that acts as the bedspread so they can accomplish this task without frustration. Mostly they will learn that the bed is made every day.

Lots of praise for a job well done will inspire young kids for their good behavior. A nice hug is always in order.

Kids 6-8 Responsibilities

What is expected from kids between these ages.

  1. Putting toys away as well as puzzles back in boxes and making sure each toy or game has all the pieces together.
  2. Make the bed. They can improve on the job making sure the blanket is "fairly" straight and the pillow is where it should be.
  3. Electronic toys should be kept in a particular place and the child learns how to care for them. Careless activity with electronics will result in their not being able to use them for a period of time.

Encourage the kids to put things away and show them how to do it. Check the room at the end of the day. If for some reason the electronics get mistreated and ruined--no replacements for them.

Lots of praise and appreciation. Maybe a reward at the end of a good week might be in order.

Kids 9-12 Responsibilities

Make a list of responsibilities for kids between these ages.

Enforce that they check off each hob as they accomplish these easy tasks everyday. A good statement is "as soon as the room is clean you can do......."

Have small containers on their dresser for either jewelry, special momentos and encourage them to put their things away everyday.

How important are their clothes and how they look? This is a good way to approach this age group. You are still doing laundry but you have to let them know it is just a once a week job or whatever you do. For reasons and certainly not unknown kids thing the adults are there to serve them and make sure they always have perfectly cleaned and ironed clothes to wear. The hormones have not kicked in yet, so establishing the groundwork and rules at this time is of key importance.

Ages 13-18 Rsponsibilities

Close the door at 13 and don't open until 18. Just kidding of course. Kids are on their own agenda, on the phone or texting and occasionally doing homework. Their room is their castle. By now the kids may know how to do laundry and your choice on that.

Make sure the room starts out clean at the beginning of the week with lots of clean clothes; and they are on their own after that. You can help by having wireless electronics in the house if you choose which eliminates cords all over the place. Have a set place for everything for them. If the room is a wreck leave it that way and clothes everywhere leave it that way. They will need some clean clothes and also will need to find special things. And all teens are different ..some are neater than others, but don't hold your breath. My boys were fairly disciplined and kept their rooms acceptably neat. and they never took food to their rooms. Their bathroom was a continuing disaster but I was happy they kept their rooms in order. We all have to make a few concessions.

19 Plus Responsibilities

If your kids are in college or working but still living at home they should be following the rules you set for them.

The kids are adults now..according to the law. They not only should be cleaning their own room but also doing laundry and helping out with a variety of chores. Kids or should I say adults will have a million reasons not to help out. They will claim to be busy with school, work, social life. It is sometimes easier just for you to do the tasks than nag. This is the tough part,--enforcing the rules. If you have set rules with the elimination of privileges you may find this a good way to deal with the kids rooms.

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      Interesting hub Carol. Our kids are teenagers now and untidier than ever. I leave them to put their clean clothes away, but it only sometimes gets into drawers. There have been a few times they have wanted something to wear and it was lying on the floor dirty, but I guess it hasn't happened often enough yet to lead to change! They do sometimes get tired of the mess and tidy up - so there's hope…

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I think sometimes bribery works...In a positive way...I used to say to my kids as soon as the room is clean we can go out buy that item you want. It is a continuing battle...

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Great hub, Carol! We always need a reminder...... to remind the kids, LOL. we are moving to a new place so I will make sure I incorporate your ideas into my list for the kids and start fresh! Thanks for sharing :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Lathing; Keepint the kids room cleam and smelling fresh becomes more of a daunting task as they age...Thank you for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Where the hell was this hub when I was a single parent???? LOL boy how I could have used it then.

      Great suggestions. Now to get them to do it without a major meltdown. :)

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      Very sensible advice, carol. I never really managed to solve the problem when my kids were growing up. Now they are facing the same issues.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Billybuc: That is the major challenge. However talking reasonable when you can really does help. Kids like to be respected as people...Thanks for dropping by as always with great support.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Don''t you love it when your kids go thru what you did..now they understand. Thank you.

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      Donna Brown 4 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      I have a daughter who is almost 12 years old going on 30. I have to say that I have to stay on top of things in order to make sure that she keeps her room clean to make sure that the mess does not get out of hand.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carol,

      Oh how right you are with these tips for the different stages of childhood! I see my one of my brother's going through trying to get 3 teenagers to take room responsiblities, think I will be passing on this from the helpful Aunty Sue! LOL Great suggestions from one who has been there, done that and definitely worn the t-shirt!

      Voted up, useful, interesting & shared on!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great article Carol! I like the way you divided by age groups!

      I agree with you that showing them young how to use the laundry basket for dirty clothes helps to save time when they get older.

      When my kids were younger, it was quite simple, the toys were in the family room and I had boxes to help them organize.

      When the were growing up, we had one computer for the all family... and there was no internet and no cellphone either!

      We didn't want them to have a TV in their room either.

      As far as I remember, my kids were keeping their room fairly OK.... or may be it's in my dreams ;-)

      When my younger one was in university and still staying at home, than he had a computer in his room, but he needed it to study and if at that time he can't be reasonable.... than I don't know when.

      In a certain way, I don't envy when my kids will have kids of their own and they will have to face all the decisions with internet, social medias, bullying through the internet, etc. ... on top of taking care of their room and their toys!

      Voted up and useful!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Suzie HQ...Always appreciate seeing you on the commenting side of my hubs with gracious words and all the shares and votes.. Sometimes parents let kids skate because they don't get in trouble, do well in school and figure it is not a real problem..and that may well be. Thanks again.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      The bottom line here is that life is so different each generation and so many new problems and issues to deal with Thanks for votes so much..Always good to see you.

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      Alfreta Sailor 4 years ago from Southern California

      Very cool hub, for anyone who can't seem to get a handle on just how to get their children to cooperate. Very good, voted up, useful, interesting.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      fastfreta: Thanks for visiting and leaving nice comments..and thanks for votes.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Carol,

      You put good thought into this article, especially the different expectations for different age groups. I like your humorous advice for kids aged 13 - 18. Works for me!

      Thank you for sharing, my friend.

      Now go spend 5 minutes on your couch visualizing that trip to Hawai'i...you're long overdue. : )

      Joe

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      Great article....my kids are grown now , with kids of their own..I think I will send this article to them, to help out with the grands..

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

      This is great. I'm sharing it with my daughters, and I think I'll make the grandkids read it when they get here after school today. Voted up!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks Joe..I would love to see Hawaii...Maybe some day..Thanks so much

      for visiting and nice comments.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      faythef: thank you for stopping by and commenting. Kids just need to mess their rooms...

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Ah yes if we could just get them to clean their rooms..It is good to get kids in habit of cleaning their room and taking care of their valuables.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Brilliant ways in keeping the kids room clean it is often such a problem with these ways one would find it simpler.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      The kids room can be a challenge. These are great tips and I do believe kids should keep up their rooms.

      But I also think that checking each day to see if they are spit spot is asking for trouble. Enforcing the no food or drink rule is important. And having a pathway where navigating the room is not a safety issue is also important. But I also learned to close the door at times.

      There are just times when things are in disarray and it is just not that big of a deal. Learning to choose our battles can solve a lot of problems.

      Now that being said, I am now a grandma and no children live in my home. So it is easy for me to have a much more relaxed attitude on this topic. I admit I was not quite so carefree on this topic many years ago :) When my baby grandson visits, he is asked to pick up toys before he leaves.

      Thanks for sharing this Carol...I am certain that many will benefit from these suggestions

      Have a lovely day....sending you blessings and Angels today. :) ps

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      Nicole A. Winter 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

      This is really fantastic. I love the way that you've broken it down by age / responsibilities, here. I would love more advice on what kinds of responsibilities a child in the age range of 9-12 should be capable of doing, as far as keeping their room clean. Is a ten year old child knowledgeable or responsible enough to do their own vacuuming?

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you DDE: It is about commitment and enforcing the rules. It takes time but it is worth it.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      this is not a fail proof situation.. But teaching kids to take care of their treasured belongings....knowing there is no replacement goes a long way. Perfect..absolutely not...But I do what you are saying Pstraubie and I thoroughly agree.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      why not, I think they can run a vacuum...Taking care of their treasures and clothes..No clean clothes ....ummmmmm

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      Nicole A. Winter 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Thanks, carol7777, my daughter recently informed me she doesn't "like" the way I vacuum her room ;) I think it'll be going on the chore list. I love the new "I Can Take Care of Myself," lists being sold at Office Depot, looks like a fun way to help children take responsibility for themselves.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thanks Nicole for visiting and sharing..Always good to see you.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very interesting and useful read. As my kids are adults now, the daughter married and my son into his own business but still living with us, I have seen it all.

      It is important we set out rules and tasks to be done by them based on how much they can do at their age and enforce this habit.

      Voted up, useful, interesting and shared.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      This is a wonderful to share! So useful and fun. Great suggestions Carol. Voted up +++ and of course, sharing!

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