It has always been a challenge to keep your children’s room clean and organized, more so when you ask them to clean their room. It’s just a fact—no child really wants to clean his/her room. It’s time for a change. Maybe there’s something that needs to be done differently, particularly with capturing your child’s attention.
So, how can we help our children help themselves by making his room neat and organized?
Here are some simple “hacks” as to how you can sort this out, the clutter, and get their room in order.
- Show them what a clean room and a messy one is.
Telling your child that their room is messy isn’t enough to spur them to the desired action you want to be done. Children won’t really respond to commands that sound like a chore, if we’re going to be honest. So why not show them the difference between a clean & orderly room and a messy one, then let them decide what looks better. They’ll be the ones to admit that they need some room-cleaning done. Afterwards, you can ask them when they’re going to start.
- Make visual cues or reminders.
Take pictures of your child’s room once it’s already tidied up and post it in a highly visible part of his/her room. Every time he/she sees that picture, he/she will be reminded of his organized room. This will help him visualize what kind of room he/she must maintain. If there’s only one part of his/her room that needs cleaning, just put a Post-it reminder over that part of his room.
You can also prepare a checklist for your child. This way, they can keep track of their progress will help them know what things has been done and things to be done.
- Organize a garage sale or a donation drive.
Another way to help your child organize his/her room is to organize a garage sale or a donation drive. By doing this, we can make them clear out things that they don’t need any more. Best of all, he/she can take something out of it; either money or lots and lots of gratitude from those in need (which is way better). At the end of the day, he/she will have fewer things to be bothered and to clean up! Win-win!
- Set up a storage box for every kind of possession your child has.
Children may struggle tidying up their room if they don’t know where to put their stuff, worse, they don’t have anywhere to put their stuff in. Make sure to set up storage boxes that are accessible to give them ease in organizing their rooms. Show to them where their things should go and how these should be properly stored.
- Model cleanliness and orderliness to your child
It is the best thing you can do for your child by far. Teach him/her to be organized, by showing him/her what it takes to be organized. Because once they see you do it, they’ll do it too. If you tell them to fix their bed, and you don’t, they might get confused and think that if you aren’t doing it, then it might not be that important.
- Praise him for every satisfactory job.
Our child needs to be reinforced with compliments with the efforts they make every now and then. An appreciated person will do more than what is asked—or so the saying goes.
Make these guide a routine for him and eventually it will become a good habit for him and adopt a trait of being organised. Don’t expect that this will take overnight to see a big change. But with constant guidance, not only you help your child make his room organised but in every aspect of his life.
About the Author:
Joanna is an entrepreneur mum blessed with 3 lovely children. She lives in Dubai with her family, and loves to travel and cook healthy meals for her kids. Joanna regularly shares her parenting tips and experiences with Afterschool.ae, an online platform listing all UAE kid’s activities accessible by parents thru web and mobile.