Let’s Make Cleaning a Family Process

Cleaning should be a process which involves all members of the family. Everybody must contribute for the cause. Even children may help as well. Of course, we speak about kids which are at least five years old. They can not do much, but it is important for them to get used to cleaning from early age.

There are some household activities in which children should not be involved. For example, pest control may be dangerous for them. On the other hand kids may help you for some simple cleaning procedures.

Start by organising a family meeting. Get together all members of your family. Make a list of all household tasks like washing the dishes, cleaning the bathroom etc. Then decide who will be responsible for each chore. If your child is ten years old or more, he/she may help you with most cleaning activities. If he/she is smaller your child can do only minor things like bringing some tools, for example. At some age your kid have to know how to clean his/her own room by himself/herself.

Getting Your Kids to Keep Their Rooms Clean

Every parent likes their house to be neat and tidy – every room including their kids’ rooms. Yet, getting your kids to keep their rooms clean can be next to impossible, especially when your kids are teenagers. It may be very difficult but here are a few tips you can try.

If your kids are still young (about 9 years old or younger) it shouldn’t be too difficult to keep their rooms clean. The easiest way to do this is to teach them from the time they’re toddlers to put a toy away before they get out another toy. Then as they get older, extend this rule to include clothes, books, and everything else.

If it’s too late and your kids have fallen into the bad habit of letting their rooms get messy, then make it a rule that they have to tidy the room before they go to bed. If you don’t make your kids clean their room everyday then the job will seem too difficult and you’ll have even more trouble on your hands.

If they’re still fairly young you can encourage them to do this by using a reward chart in which they earn a sticker every time they clean their room. Then when they get 5 or 10 stickers they get to do something or they get a small prize.

For teenagers, getting them to keep their rooms clean can be a battle. Isn’t everything a battle with that age?  If you’ve taught them to do it since they were young then it should be much easier. If not, then sitting down with them and explaining why you want them to keep their rooms clean will work as well as anything else. You could even make it part of their weekly chores for which they earn an allowance.

Getting your kids to keep their rooms clean can be quite a chore. However, the earlier you teach them to do so the easier it will be to keep them doing it until their old enough to move out on their own.

You can also set up a schedule for your after meal activities. Some parents prefer to send kids in their rooms when the dinner is finished. You can organise them to help you in the kitchen, instead. For example, someone can clear the table or put the food away, while you are washing the dishes.

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