One of the worst parts of parenting has to be the constant struggle to keep your home clean and tidy. It can be a never-ending and thankless task, and more often than not, as soon as you have finished, you are back to square one. It is a huge challenge to keep children’s bedrooms and playrooms tidy. Encouraging them to tidy their mess or tidy up after themselves once they are done playing for the day can be tricky. Little and often will keep the clean up easier, but how can you encourage your children to help you keep their rooms tidy?
Children can often quickly grow out of toys, and interests frequently change as they learn more about the world around them. As such, decluttering toys by removing toys that aren’t played with regularly will help you avoid being overwhelmed and struggling for space that is taken up with discard toys.
Give Everything a Home
try to avoid ‘putting things away’ instead put them back in their home. Use labels if required, and make sure your child knows that everything does indeed have a home and when they are playing with it, it needs to go back to its home. Use baskets or boxes in cabinets or on shelves to help keep everything organised.
Keep soft toys such as a camp coral patrick plush with soft toys; board games need their home, as do collectables and wooden toys, and so on to include everything you have at home.
Keep it Low
A great way to encourage your child to become tidier is to keep boxes at your child level. Keeping everything low, for example, stored under beds and boxes on the floor under units, will avoid the need to tip out the whole box to see what is in it and allow for ease of access when playing and tidying up, encouraging an easier way to organise and tidy up at a level you child can comfortable be involved in.
Lead By Example
A great way to encourage your children to tidy up after themselves is to lead by example. If they see you doing something regularly and you are alongside them assisting with the cleanup, they will become more open to picking up these habits themselves as they become more confident and independent as they age.
Try Not To Shout
If tidying up becomes a battleground, it will reinforce negative thinking regarding wanting to clean up after themselves. Explain what will happen if they don’t put their toys away and the consequences of this behaviour. Try to avoid making it into a big deal and keep the tidy up fun and something that you do without even thinking to help create habits and encourage negative feelings and behaviour.
At the end of the day, your child will most likely need constant assistance and encouragement when it comes to helping them develop good, tidy habits they can benefit from as they get older. Repetition is key.