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?
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.
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?
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.
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?)!
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.