Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Tips and Tricks for Getting Children to Tidy Their Room

Parents will likely be familiar with the weekly battle to get the kids to tidy their rooms. Sometimes the stress this causes doesn't feel worth the end result, so why bother? In short, as parents, teaching our children how to keep their space and possessions calm and tidy is about far more than ending the day with a clean house. It is about organisation, discipline, establishing routines and taking responsibility.

1.  Set an Example

It might seem obvious to adults, but unless children are taught to tidy up after themselves, it simply won’t cross their minds. One way to instil this from an early age is by example. If your children see you taking pride in your home, it will become the norm. That doesn't mean that we should place a huge emphasis on material things, but creating a peaceful, safe and comfortable haven is an important part of surviving the tougher times that might come.

2. Pride of Place

If children have their own space - whether it’s their own room, a corner of a room, or even just a shelf - they are likely to want to keep it looking nice. Encourage them to personalise the space and they will take pride in it. For example, let them choose a certain shade of paint, put up pictures or decorate storage boxes.

3. Expectations

Unless the have a clear definition of what a clean and tidy room means, most children will struggle with the concept. Sometimes it helps to provide them with a visual checklist they can follow. For younger children, using pictures is useful. Older children can usually cope with a list of simple steps to follow, such as:

1. Rubbish in bin.
2. Dirty washing in laundry basket.
3. Make bed.
4. Stack books.
5. Toys in toy box.

It really helps if you have agreed in advance where everything goes. The old saying “a place for everything and everything in its place” really rings true when it comes to making it easier for children to tidy up after themselves. Spend time with your child labelling boxes and choosing homes for each toy. Thuka cabin beds are great for storage.

4. Too much stuff for your closets?

The more your children have, the more difficult they will find it to keep things tidy. If you find that your children are collecting an unmanageable amount of possessions, why not implement a “one in, one out” rule? When a new toy is acquired, an old one should be given away to charity or recycled. This is also a great way to teach children about giving to those less fortunate than themselves.

5. Working Together

Initially, children might find the task of tidying a whole room overwhelming. Working together through the steps will enable them to become more confident about the process. It can also provide some much-needed quality time together.

6. Setting some standards

There are some areas where you can reach a compromise, but others where you just can’t. For example, leaving toys out on the floor overnight so a game can be continued the next day is completely acceptable, but leaving dirty mugs or festering laundry under the bed for weeks on end is clearly not okay.

1 comment:

  1. These are great tips. My girls hate tidying their room, however there are some days they don't mind it!xx