If you like to maintain a clean home, it can be frustrating to walk into your child’s bedroom and realize they’ve thrown toys and clothes everywhere.
Kids are known for being messy—many of them haven’t yet developed the skills necessary to clean and organize, so their bedrooms and toy rooms can quickly get out of hand.
Before you threaten to pull out a black trash bag and throw all of their toys away, take a few deep breaths. There are a few different ways to get your child’s bedroom back under control. And with the right support and guidance, your child will eventually be able to start keeping their own room clean.
Have them help
It can be easy to fall into the habit of cleaning up your child’s bedroom when they’re away at school or after they’ve fallen asleep. After all, cleaning goes more quickly when you don’t have tiny hands immediately pulling out another box of toys.
However, when you clean up without your child present, they’re not getting a chance to learn how to clean and organize.
Get in the habit of having your child help you clean up their bedroom. Give them a specific task, such as putting a toy away or vacuuming. If you’re not comfortable with them using a vacuum, have them use a Bissell Sweep-Up to pick up dust and lint.
Come up with a schedule
It can be really easy to put off cleaning up your child’s bedroom if you don’t have a schedule. If you find that you frequently put tasks off until the “next day”, having a schedule can help keep tasks from becoming overwhelming.
Think about how you want the room to look. Maybe you want the bed made, clothes hung up, and their toys put away.
And then, schedule a specific time or day where each task happens. Maybe the bed gets made immediately after your child wakes up, clothes get hung up on Wednesdays, and toys get put away every night before bed. Find a schedule that works for you and your family.
Invest in good storage
Children often don’t know how to intuitively find the best place to put their belongings—if they don’t have adequate storage in their room, they might just toss their toys on the floor because they don’t know what else to do with them.
Cube storage systems are a popular choice for children’s bedrooms because you can give each toy (or type of toy) in each bin. Labeling each bin with the type of toy that belongs there makes it easier for your child to clean up.
If there is limited space in your child’s bedroom, you will need to get created with storage options, such as purchasing wall shelves or a storage bed.
Donate toys regularly
Throwing your kid’s toys away might end in tears and tantrums, but getting them in the habit of donating toys they’ve outgrown to other kids is a good way to get rid of some clutter.
Children’s rooms can grow messy and cluttered when they have too many items and not enough space. Often, when kids have too many toys, they have trouble figuring out what toy to play with. This ends with them dumping all their toys out.
Having fewer toys to dump out results in a cleaner room. When it comes to donating, have them help sort out toys and talk to them about how other kids will appreciate the toys.
Make it fun
Instead of forcing your child to clean their room, make them want to clean their room by turning it into a game. Challenge them to see how quickly they can pick up all their clothes or put away all their toys.
Set a timer and encourage them to finish cleaning before it goes off. Encourage a competition—can they clean their room faster than you can clean the bathroom? Turn on music and let them dance while they clean.
It is also important to make cleaning a quick task. Your preschooler isn’t going to have the attention span to clean for an hour. If you schedule small chunks of time throughout the week to clean, you can prevent cleaning from becoming a long, boring task.
It might take some time to get your child into a routine where they’re actively helping keep their room clean and organized, but they’ll get there with the right amount of patience and support. If you start teaching them how to clean when they’re young, you’ll establish life skills that they’ll carry through life.