How To Easily Keep your Kids Room Clean
Kids Need to Take Care of their Rooms
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:
- Putting toys away
- No food in the room
- Pulling blanket up (their way of making the bed)
- Have a laundry basket for dirty clothes and help them with this. It will become a habit as they get older.
- 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.
- Rules..no food in the kids room.
- 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.
- Putting toys away as well as puzzles back in boxes and making sure each toy or game has all the pieces together.
- Make the bed. They can improve on the job making sure the blanket is "fairly" straight and the pillow is where it should be.
- 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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