Getting your children involved with daily cleanup is a great way to teach responsibility and cleanliness at a young age. Here are some tips to get your children to help clean up around the home.
Tip 1: Invest in stackable storage boxes. Keep the children’s room easy to clean by keeping storage boxes and extra closet space around. Children will easily put things away when they know there is storage boxes . Buy stackable storage boxes in different colors so it makes it easier to put toys, clothes and other items away in different color boxes.
Tip 2: Make a fun game out of cleaning by putting on music to get your children moving to put things away. If you have two or more children you can always make a competition out of cleaning by using a timer. Whoever wins in the shortest amount of time gets a small reward.
Tip 3: Teach your children at young age. As soon as they can walk and pick up toys teach them how to put these toys back. Create a cleanup song and teach them to put the toys back in the bins where they belong. If you teach them at young age they will be able to carry this habit with them.
Tip 4: Make a schedule and stay consistent when children do not clean. Teach your children to make their beds in the morning after getting up and to pick up their toys and books in the evening before they go to bed. If your children resist your instructions to cleanup you can always withdraw a reward or stop them from going out. Stay firm and consistent with your orders.
Tip 5: Be interesting with cleaning at an early age. If your children can read then teach them how to alphabetize their bookcase and organize their study desk.
Tip 6: Get your children involved by simply asking the question “can you help me please?” Children generally liked to be asked for help.
Tip 7: Children love to spray things, so get a small spray bottle and fill it up with some hot water and vinegar and have them spray down and wipe their toys, desk and furniture. Diluted 50/50 water and vinegar is harmless to your furniture and children. Its a great way to get kids to wipe and clean up their room.
Getting your children to tidy up around the home can be a little overwhelming especially if you haven’t instilled this habit from before. If you have more than one child then assign cleaning tasks appropriate to their age. A 3-4 year might clean up by dumping things in one container which is fine , but a 10 year old will learn that color coordinated storage boxes are used for different things. Cleaning up with children can also be a great way to spend time together. When I get the clothes out of the dryer, I put my 3 year old daughter on the bed and ask her to hand me hangers one by one while I hang the clothes.