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Do you ever ask your child to clean their room and they just look at you like you are crazy? Maybe they run away or just start crying. They are so overwhelmed with their mess they don’t know where to start or what to do. Even as an adult I get overwhelmed. Seriously, I don’t know how it gets so messy so fast. I definitely understand when they say kids are like mini tornadoes. You can clean the living room and 30 minutes later there are toys everywhere and then we start to get crabby.
I wrote a post on 5 Ways to Teacher your Toddler to Clean but this post is more specifically on helping them clean their bedroom. Normally when my daughter helps me with chores I ask her to do specific things. It can be to switch the clothes from the washer to dryer or put her dishes that are in the dishwasher away. When I ask her to do those things she goes and does it. Then when I ask her to clean her room she freaks out and sometimes would just cry.
Do you know what I realized? She had no idea where to start or what to do and it would make her stress. That’s when I would have to go into her room with her and tell her each thing she needed to do. After a while, it would get frustrating having to sit there the whole time and tell her what needs to be done so I decided to make her a list.
The list I made is what I know my five-year-old daughter is capable of doing on her own. If your child is younger and needs help or guidance you might want to edit this list to what you know your child can do on there own. They also need to know where everything goes so it’s great to label and organize what toys go where.
Their first time cleaning they will probably need to be told where to put certain things. Remember to be patient they will get it over time. Another thing I decided to do is time her. This because my daughter will get distracted quite quickly when she is putting away the toys. It also kind of makes it into a game for her to try and beat the clock. Personally, I give her 20 minutes to clean her room.
Again, if you feel your child needs more time or the mess is really big, go ahead and give them more than 20 minutes to do these tasks. I also did not put it on the list but I do have my daughter vacuum once a week with a Bissell Natural sweep. This is really easy for kids to use and not expensive. It also doesn’t need to be plugged in so if you have a child afraid of the sound of the vacuum they won’t be afraid of this.
I hope this checklist helps you and your child with cleaning their room. Remember to be patient with them. It probably won’t be perfect the first few times but over time they will get better and better at it. Making the bed seems to be the hardest so that might take the longest for them to get right.