It is hard feeling like you’re constantly nagging your kids to do something or other, but sometimes it is necessary. Getting your kids to clean their room entails setting rules. It teaches children organizational skills while making your job as a parent easier. Keeping the rest of the house tidy is enough work, there’s no need for you to be tidying up your child’s room if they are capable of doing so on their own. But it’s not always easy to get your kids into the habit, and they may even try to argue their way out of it – or worse throw a huge tantrum. Depending on the age of your child, there are several ways you can get your kids to keep their room clean.
It is important to set ground rules starting from a young age. If your kids are still young, help them get started and show them how neat their room should be. At this age, you need to ingrain the importance of keeping a room tidy so that they develop the habit and continue to clean their room without constant reminders. At the very beginning, clean the room with them so they see where everything belongs and how neat you expect them to keep their belongings. Eventually, they will get the hang of it and will no longer need your help. You can also set up a reward chart with weekly expectations such as folding their laundry and tidying their toy box for example. If they complete all their tasks for an entire week without skipping, they can get a reward. Encouraging them using positive reinforcement will only help get them use to cleaning their room – and soon enough you will no longer need to reward them.
When your kids get a little older, getting them to obey all your rules can become tricky. When kids reach the preteen stage, they want to be disobedient in order to prove their independence, so there’s no use getting in their face about cleaning their room. Just make sure to reinforce the standards of health and remind them of your expectations for keeping the room tidy. If their room is really dirty, however, you need to intervene. Start by using firm warnings about the consequences and if need be, start revoking privileges. It is important that you kid knows the importance of keeping their room at least presentable. Even though it is their personal space, reinforce why it matters to keep it tidy.