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Do you feel overwhelmed with toys everywhere? Your child has been playing all day and there are toys all over your house. You are frustrated, tired and exhausted. You’re thinking well they are just going to pull all these toys out again tomorrow maybe I should just leave it. Well, what if your little one actually put all those toys away on their own. Sounds like a miracle, right. I think most of us parents have felt the way you do right now.
As a parent there is already so much we are doing but I feel like I am constantly cleaning. Even as an adult I still don’t like cleaning but now messes bother me a lot more than they did when I was little. I never knew someone could make a mess as fast as my daughter does. I knew I needed to start early to teach my daughter to pick up and clean her messes. These are the steps I have used with my daughter and it has worked very well. She is five now and messes now bother her. After every meal, she now puts her plate and cup into the sink. After I run the dishwasher she puts away all her cups and plates. I made a drawer just for her dishes so she can reach. She folds laundry, puts her toys away and now vacuums with the Bissell Natural Sweep which I will talk about below.
So here it is the five tips to help teach your kids to pick up toy
Don’t expect it to be perfect
At the beginning don’t expect them to put everything exactly where it goes. This takes time and practice. Maybe start with just everything off the floor or everything in the toybox. When they are big enough to make their beds don’t correct it they will get better at it over time.
Watch what they are doing and praise them every time you notice they put a toy back. Kids want to please their parents and if they know it makes you happy they are more likely going to want to do it again.
Start teaching them early
If they are old enough to pull the toys out they can definitely put them back. Your child is more capable than you think. They might need some guidance at first but let them try it on their own.
I know sometimes it’s just easier and faster to do it yourself but trust me, be patient and don’t get frustrated. Plan a time to pick up toys. Have them start cleaning up 30 min before their bedtime routine or 30 min before you are leaving somewhere. You can even have them pick up all the toys before they go to another room to play. Whatever you do DO NOT GIVE IN and pick up the toys for them, not even once.
Make it fun
Kids just want to have fun so try turning it into a game or buy them their own cleaning kit and a handheld vacuum if they are a little older. This is very similar to the cleaning kit my daughter uses and loves. Now that she is getting bigger I also let her use the Bissell Natural sweep. It doesn’t get plugged in so it uses no electricity. It is really easy for kids to use and you can adjust the height of the handle to make it easier for them to push it around. The best part is that it works very well at picking dirt up on both carpet and hard floors. This is the best thing I have ever bought I love it.
Stick with these five things and before you know it your little one will be cleaning up after themselves. It may not be perfect but trust me it really helps. If you need tips on how to have them clean their room check out my Bedroom Cleaning Checklist post. Have any tips to get your little ones to pick up let me know.