Having a clean home free of clutter is not only visually pleasing, but it also makes you feel at ease. Having a tidy place lessens the stress of you being overwhelmed with a long list of things to do like washing dishes, cleaning bathrooms, cooking dinner, and so forth.
The pressure can become even more overwhelming when you have your kid running around and making a big mess in their room in the process. Now, I believe we should allow our children to play and create a mess because this is their way of exploring the world.
You do not want to stunt their creativity, especially in an age where smartphones and technology prevail.
But what happens at the end of the day when you are left with all this mess to pick up, and you just want to go to sleep? It is important to instill the importance of cleaning up after themselves into our children.
It doesn’t have to be boring either. There are fun ways to teach your kids to clean their room from a young age.
Make It Fun
I know cleaning is something our kids don’t find fun. I mean, seriously. It is only now that I am in my late 20s that I enjoy watching cleaning Tik Toks.
But, you can’t expect your children to get excited as their Tia does with the release of every new Scrub Daddy sponge. I can admit that this content impulsed me into cleaning again and enjoying the process of having a clean home.
So, find ways to make this fun for your children. Don’t make it seem like a chore and an obligation. Turn it into a game. Set a timer and challenge them to finish putting away all their toys before it rings.
Play music in the background. Join in on the fun and sing and dance while cleaning.
Create a Reward Chart
Who doesn’t like to receive incentives for a job well done? Create a reward chart for your children with specific cleaning tasks in which you can track progress.
Once they complete the task five times, then they get a treat. This can be their favorite ice cream, $10 to spend at the dollar store, or extra screen time to watch their favorite movie (for the thousandth time).
This way, your kids will look forward to cleaning because they have an objective in mind. The competitive spirit in them will make the whole task fun instead of daunting.
Teach Them How To Organize
Amiga; you can’t expect your kids to pick up their room correctly if you don’t teach them how to do so.
Turn it into a project. Go to the store with them and buy bins of different colors. Have them color-code their toys and place them in the corresponding color bin.
Teaching them to organize can engage more with cleaning their room and ultimately make the task more fun. They will feel accomplished because they can now visualize a job well done.
As you can see, our children can learn to clean while also having fun, but it is up to us to teach them.