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Clean Kids Rooms Every Day – DAY 1

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This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Kids Clean Room Challenge

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Do you struggle to keep your little ones rooms clean on a daily and weekly basis?  Do you find it hard to fit it in amongst all the naps and playing?  Are you frustrated to find your hard work cleaning undone in a matter of seconds?

Me, too!

So this week I am pledging to do something about it!  I am setting up a cleaning schedule for my little ones’ room that won’t take too much time out of the day and is easily maintained (with some help from the kids!).  And I am calling it the Kid’s Clean Room Challenge.Kids Clean Room Challenge Day 1 Before

Join me this week as I share a daily to-do task and a challenge.  Each day there will be a parent chore and a kid chore to help encourage your family to share in the maintenance of your home.  Teaching kids at an early age how to care for their things will lay a foundation for good stewardship later in life.  And keeping things tidied makes parents just a little less frazzled, right?

MONDAY

To-do:

Parents, as soon as your kids wake up, go into their room and do a quick pick-up of the debris from the weekend.  Put toys, books, games, etc. back into their places.  Encourage your little ones to help you by singing the “Clean up” song (we have young ones that really respond to music), if that helps.  Once everything is put away in its proper place, help your kid to make his bed.

Kids Clean Room Challenge Day 1 After

Challenge:

If you haven’t begun to teach your little one how to make a bed, take the time to show her how to do it right (in an age appropriate manner).  If your little ones are very young, they likely only have a blanket and some stuffed animals to put on their bed.  Help them to fold the blanket and place it on the bed and put all their stuffed friends on the bed for a “nap.”  Kids that are a little bit older may have a sheet, a blanket, and a pillow.  Teach them to lay the top sheet over the bottom sheet and then lay the blanket over the top.  As they get older, you can move on to more advanced techniques like hospital corners (I just love a good hospital corner, don’t you?)!

kids clean room challenge - beds made

Are you joining us for this Kid’s Clean Room Challenge this week?  I would love to hear from you.  Let me know the specific things you struggle to maintain in your kid’s room.  Or let me know the success you had today from doing this simple challenge.

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6 Comments

  • Reply Stephanie Kay January 23, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    You are on the right track! Even toddlers can be trained to put their toys away and place their dirty clothes in a basket. My #1 tip for keeping kid’s rooms tidy – make clean up part of your routine 3 times a day, after breakfast, before daddy comes home in the evening, and before bed time. My #2 tip is to limit the amount of toys and stuff they have in their room! Kids are like goats – they just graze along from one thing to the next. By the end of the day they have dumped everything out on the floor and barely played with any of it. By limiting their toys they have less to clean up and will focus longer when they play. Thanks for sharing via Family Fun Friday.

    • Reply ussleah January 23, 2014 at 8:05 PM

      Love those tips, Stephanie! Yes, we have to strictly limit what is in our girls’ room because my 2 1/2 year old will tear everything apart (breaking and ripping things up) while she is supposed to be sleeping. We haven’t quite gotten through to her on the concept of taking good care of her toys and books.

  • Reply Sarah Mueller January 28, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Yes, I *do* love a good hospital corner! We try to have a good clean up routine after breakfast and before dinner. Thanks for sharing at Family Fun Friday!

  • Reply JDaniel4's Mom January 29, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    My son has to clean his room, but I confess his bed is one area he has mastered.

  • Reply Monica January 29, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Thanks for sharing. And thanks for linking at Family Fun Friday!
    Monica

  • Reply Pria November 17, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    That cleanup song is really helpful! My toddlers enjoy sooo much of the cleaning. It’s both playing and cleaning actually 🙂

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