What parent doesn’t want help with the housework? Kids rooms, especially, are one of the banes of a happy household. They get messy faster than you can say, “How was your day?” Sure, you can shut the door on the messes, but you know they’re still there.
Rather than curse or cajole, set your children up for success by putting systems in place that help them keep their domains under control.
Here are 5 quick tips for helping your kids keep their rooms clean:
Get your kids a comforter!
A comforter is much easier to smooth on the bed than layers of sheets and blankets. Putting a washable comforter cover on their bedspread makes for easy making in the morning.
Place a row of hooks by the bedroom door for bath towels, coats, back packs.
Hooks are easier for little ones than towel racks. When placed at their level, it makes it a snap for them to use. No more junk on the floor!
Make it easy for kids to put away their clothes.
Too many clothes make for crowded drawers and closets, which, frankly, just equals a mess. Reduce the number of garments in your child’s wardrobe; 5 shirts and bottoms are a good starting point. Adjust for personality and your laundry schedule. But, fewer items that go in the drawer or closet make it much easier for kids to hit the target.
Make wastebaskets available in each bedroom and encourage kids to use them daily and to empty them weekly or when full, whichever comes first.
Find that your children are a little sentimental and that their “keepsakes” are overflowing from every nook and cranny? Give each child a clear plastic box (you determine the size) in which to house their precious possessions. When the box is too full to close the lid, it’s time to downsize. Work together to sift through the unwanted items so that what is kept is really a keepsake.
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