8 Hacks On Getting Your Kids To Do Bedroom Cleaning Chores

It’s said that putting kids to bed is the toughest part of raising a toddler. Well, your little one will eventually outgrow that (just wait until they reach their teens and you’d have trouble getting them out of bed in the morning!). One parenting challenge that you should prepare for until your kids’ adolescence is bedroom organizing and cleaning. Teaching your kids to be organized will help instill a sense of responsibility even at a young age. This life lesson will prepare them when they enter school and eventually join the workforce. “Teaching our kids how to keep their stuff in order, whether they have a room or a corner of their own, puts important deposits in their bank of skills for being a grownup,” says psychologist and family counselor Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker.

Here are 8 ways on how to discipline your children in keeping their room organized and clean.

#1: Be a model

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American writer Josh Billings once said that “to bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while.” Set a good example in keeping your own room clean. Children will pick this up and be encouraged to be more sensitive to their surroundings. Dr. Hartwell-Walker notes that children “take in what we do through the pores of their skin.” Thus, it’s crucial that you exemplify the values you want them to embody.

#2: Explain the importance of tidiness

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Don’t underestimate your little children. They can grasp concepts very well as long as you have the patience to explain. Why do they need to put back their toys? Why do they have to stack up their clothes in the closet? Focus on the benefits they can get from an organized and clean room such as being able to keep their toys in good condition and having an easier time to locate items. Make cleaning something they want to do because of it benefits them.

#3: Ask your kids to pitch in room design ideas

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Children should take pride in their personal space. This will encourage them to take responsibility for it. Let them pitch in ideas in designing their room. You can show them photos of other kids’ room design concepts and let them mix and match colors, furniture, and décor. By giving them a role in creating their bedroom environment, you give them a sense of ownership—and with ownership comes responsibility.

#4: Share space saving ideas

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We are living in a consumerist society. Unfortunately, this ever-consuming and materialistic culture is leaving us with a lot of excesses that turn into stressors. You can guide your children to a better lifestyle where they’d only own things that they truly need. Living in a condo home with limited square footage can help you with this task. A small space means that you can’t accumulate a lot of stuff. Share space saving and interior design tricks with your kids for your 25 sqm condo home. You can get boxes that fit under their beds or dressers incorporated in their study desks. You can also explore creative floating shelves for their toys and books. Ask whether they have condo space-saving ideas for their rooms.

#5: Set a schedule for defined tasks

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Children need instructions in performing tasks, including maintaining their room. Dr. Hartwell-Walker suggests making a checklist of tasks in a clearly-defined manner. Aside from chores such as making the bed and putting laundry in the hamper, it’s advisable that you set a specific day for a major cleanup. This will help condition their mind that organizing and cleaning is a duty. According to a study published in the Washington Times, adults who had done chores as young kids were likely to be well-adjusted, develop better relations, and be more successful in their careers.

#6: Make chores an enjoyable activity

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Do you remember how you came to hate doing chores when you were younger? Many adults confess that as kids, their parents would command them to do tasks with corresponding punishment for disobedience. Chores then became feared and hated activities. How can you change this with your kids? You can make tidying up a fun activity by cleaning with them instead of giving commands, turning it into a game or playing fun music. If you’re planning a renovation, involve them in exploring modern condo interior design ideas. Simply making them feel that their inputs matter makes a lot of difference on their outlook on housekeeping.  

#7: Impart health and safety precautions

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Even as young as five years old, you should be teaching your kids about health and safety measures. Explain that matches and lighters are not toys and that they should keep away from broken glass. These lessons are important as they learn to help you in keeping the house clean. Little kids learn from repetition. Remind them as often as you can about hazardous home items as well as when and how to ask adults and authorities for assistance.

#8: Remind teens of your health and safety standards

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As your kids grow older, they’d demand freedom and more control over their space. If you didn’t exert the right efforts to teach them about chores at a young age, you can expect headaches throughout their teenage years. Adolescence is a period of rebelliousness and mood swings. “In their eagerness to demonstrate they can do as they please, they are willing to displease the adults around them,” Dr. Hartwell-Walker warns. Simply remind them of the health and safety standards you set in your household. Beyond that, let them be. Unless there’s something hazardous or illegal in their room, give them the space they need.

Being a parent is regarded as the most rewarding role a person would ever take. More than your financial readiness, you should be emotionally and mentally prepared to raise individuals. Teaching your children the value of housekeeping will serve them well in the future. Start disciplining them at a young age, and you’d be surprised at how your teachings would affect them as adults.

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