How To Get Your Kids To Clean Their Bedroom

Cleaning Childrens Rooms

Getting your kids to keep their room tidy can be a chore in itself. You don't want to be nagging at them but you want to keep your house clean! Having toys and clothes on the floor can be a safety hazard and makes it hard to find what you are looking for. By adding a bit of organisation you can have a tidy home and teach your children some good habits that will serve them well as adults. 
The following tips are designed to help you and your children live in a clean, safe and happy environment.

An absolute must in children's bedrooms is storage options. Everything needs somewhere to go (other than the floor). Make sure you have a large set of drawers and cupboard space that is set aside for clothes. Try not to use your children's room as storage space for other household items as this only makes it harder for them to keep it clean.
Buy a few plastic tubs and label them for specific toys and items. One could have toys, another games and another soft toys. Often, these tubs have wheels so could be stored under the bed but if not they can easily be stored against a wall. 

A laundry basket in your child's room is a must have. Dirty clothes no longer belong on the floor or get put back in drawers - they go straight in the laundry basket. If your child is old enough perhaps you can even teach them to use the washing machine! If not, even younger children can learn that is where dirty clothes go and you know where to find everything when it comes to laundry time.

Do you really need all that stuff? A lot of parents hang on to keepsakes or old toys their children no longer use. A few weeks before Christmas is a good time to go through old toys and clothes and decide what you simply don't use anymore. It may be cute or hold fond memories (cute booties for example) but you simply have to think about the space you have and the usability of the item. Don't fall into the trap of 'maybe one day I'll use it.' If you're not using it now you probably never will.
Also, buy a limited amount of storage items. For example, make sure you don't get a huge bookcase or more than three storage bins for your children's room. By having a limited amount of storage space you know you're reaching capacity and it's time to get rid of items. Never buy more storage items or you'll end up in clutter.

Make sure your children understand the systems you've put in place. Show them which belongings go in which storage bins. You might like to get your child to draw a picture of one of their favourite toys and stick this to the appropriate storage item so they can get involved and understand what the bins mean.
After bath time or after school check in their bedroom that no items of clothing have been left on the floor and if the have direct them to placing items in the laundry basket.
When it comes to clean out time, get your child involved and find out what toys and games are no longer important to them. You can explain the items are going to children in need and give what you don't use to charity.
Make sure you post the rules about what you expect from your children cleaning their room. Ensure they read and understand them.

Of course, everyone needs a little 'motivation' every now and again and if your children aren't abiding by your new cleaning regime put a little discipline and reward scheme in place. On your cleaning chart add points every day for things like 'laundry put in basket'  and 'toys put away'. At the end of the week a certain number of points means a special treat that you can share together.