It’s no secret that kids can be messy.
It seems like they take a special kind of pleasure in making a huge spectacle and watching you clean it up. But as parents, we can’t just give up and let them live in chaos. We have to find a way to encourage them to tidy up their rooms, and it starts with setting some rules and expectations.
Allow us to share some tips on getting your kids to tidy up their rooms. Follow these tips, and soon (hopefully) your kids’ rooms will be clean and organized—from messy to marvelous!
Let them help with the design
You can let your kids help with the design of their room. This little makeover will give them a sense of ownership and make them more likely to want to keep it tidy.
For instance, if your daughter loves picking out the colors and patterns for her room, let her do it. She will probably be more likely to keep her room clean when she has a hand in the design. Plus, it’s a great way to spend some quality time with your kids.
Create a reward system
Let your kids know that if they tidy up their rooms, they will be rewarded with something. But make sure the rewards are immediate. If you wait a week to give your child their reward, it’s not going to have the desired effect. In fact, it may just encourage them to put off tidying their room even longer.
Be a role model
If you want your kids to tidy their rooms, you need to be a good role model. Show them that you take pride in your space and that keeping things clean and organized is important to you.
Create a routine for tidying up and make it a habit. This will help your kids develop good habits for life. And don’t forget to praise your kids for a job well done! Positive reinforcement is key when it comes to getting kids to do anything.
Put it in writing
Create a “contract” and have them sign it. This will show them that you’re serious about the whole tidying up thing, and it will also hold them accountable. Your agreement should outline the rules for tidying up, and it should also have a rewards system in place.
For example, your child can earn points for every day they successfully tidy their room, and then they can use those points to redeem rewards like extra screen time or a trip to the ice cream shop.
It can be tough to get kids to clean their rooms, but with a little bit of effort, it’s doable. Make sure you set a good example. If your kids see that you’re messy, they’re going to be less likely to want to clean up their messes. You may also want to introduce an incentive system where your kids can earn rewards for tidying their rooms. Finally, be patient. It might take a while for your kids to get into the habit of cleaning their rooms, but eventually, they will—and it will make your parenting journey a lot easier.