MY SECRET FOR KEEPING THE KIDS' ROOM CLEAN
If you are a parent, let alone a parent of multiple kids, you know the number one struggle in your home is keeping the bedrooms clean. I've been asked multiple times how I keep the boys' room clean - "what is your secret?" they ask. Well, I'm going to share with you how I deal with the boys' bedroom in hopes that you can apply these tips at home.
MINIMIZE THE AMOUNT OF CLUTTER IN THE ROOM
I am a firm believer that clutter = mess; too much stuff = mess. So my trick is to minimize the amount of items we have at home, especially in the rooms. I don't overdo it with toys because, guess what? The more toys they have the more we parents have to pick up! I don't overdo it with books - if they want new books then we take a trip to the library and borrow books. Everything in the bedroom has it's place. Books are stored on the shelf, toys in a bin, stuffed animals in a basket and that is it. Just declutter and don't be afraid to get rid of items that have not been touched in weeks!
USE CONTAINERS TO CONTAIN ITEMS
Containers are a lifesaver! Kids begin collecting little items that are cute, but oh so irritating when they start taking over the room! Think Legos (those pesky little pieces you happen to always be stepping on, ouch!), collection of little cars, etc...I use containers to store items such as these. If it doesn't fit in the container, it means that we have too much! Teach kids to sort their toys and to store them accordingly using these containers - this will help them out in life and in school.
CLEAN UP EVERY NIGHT BEFORE GOING TO BED
Kids respond well to routine, so why not get in the routine of cleaning up the room before going to bed? Cleaning up on a daily basis will be an easy task if you follow the first two steps above. Also, you kids will think twice about making the mess once they realize they are responsible for cleaning up their room every night. This step is crucial - the kids learn responsibility, organization, and learn to respect their space.
DECORATE YOUR KIDS ROOM
Kids and adults alike better take care of spaces they feel proud of - and believe me when I tell you that this encourages kids to keep their room clean. Be intentional with how you decorate your kid's room - remember, everything has a place. Similar to toys, decor needs to fit - if it doesn't belong, then don't include it in the room. This will create consistency in the message you are trying to convey to your kids (too much stuff = mess ;) - a lifelong lesson that will set them up for success in the future.
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