To keep kids room tidy is sometimes a task that seems too big. We all know how messy our kids’ rooms can become – especially in a flat like ours (76sq.mtrs with 3 kids). It doesn’t seem to matter how many kids you have or how many share or play in the room, keeping it tidy can be a challenge. Tidying up tends to be a difficult task for them which ultimately leads to the room staying messy. Kids will be kids, they would play and do things a kid would, and they should have fun. But to teach them to tidy up after is also showing them how to be responsible in many aspects of life.
While it’s an advantage that we have parquet wood flooring in the bedrooms, not cleaning it up regularly will also be catastrophic. Before having cats, we only used a good-old vacuum cleaner, and mops to clean our floors, whether it be parquet, solid wood, and tiles. When our cats came, we invested in a Roomba and it has saved us a lot of time and energy gathering up dust, cat sand, and cat hair. It was really a good thing to have parquet wood flooring opposed to carpets, where cat hair would stick for long, and accidental cat vomits could cause irreparable damage to.
Regardless of the floor you have at home, here are 5 useful tips to help keep kids room tidy.
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Get Toy Boxes
Having a toy box in your kid’s room is one of the most common and effective ways of maintaining a clean and tidy room. The bigger the toy box or the more available toy boxes the better. The kids’ can simply pile all of their toys in without the hassle of hiding or putting them back in a more inconvenient storage place. Toy boxes remove the hassle and saves much-needed playtime.
Have Under-storage (bed and boxes) and Storage Cabinets
Under-storage can be quite effective and time-saving. They could be boxes or drawer-like objects that are removable and can be stored anywhere. They can be stored under their bed or at the bottom of their closet which provides a clutter-free environment. They are also easy to maneuver and move around to suit different settings. Under-storage can be used for excess toys, clothes, school books, and bedding.
You can also designate a storage cabinet that will solely be for whatever will clutter the floor. Your under-storage boxes could also be stored in such cabinets too. The goal is to put everything hidden away. We have a storage unit at the building’s cellar too, which comes in handy when storing winter stuff away.
Praise them for Cleaning Up
It may sound absurd to some, however many kids seek praise from their parents. If you inspire them to clean up they may feel the need to impress you or help you out. Simple encouragement may motivate your kids to clean up and with minimal praise could further encourage these actions in the future. A simple sense of acknowledgement will inspire your kids of their good deeds.
Reward them For Tidiness
Most kids would consider cleaning up to be somewhat of a chore. Here’s your opportunity to provide a reward for their efforts of cleaning up after themselves. A reward to them may be a snack, extra playtime, or something to continue to motivate them to do a good job. One reward may lead to an array of chores completed outside their bedroom which ultimately will suit you.
Create a Clean-up Routine
Another possible idea would be to create a strict clean-up routine that your kids must adhere to. This is your opportunity to teach your kids some general household rules. By enforcing a strict clean-up time the kids will understand the importance of this activity and if broken, possibly the introduction of consequences (like removing an hour of playtime). You could enforce a specific time to be adhered to on a daily basis. 5 pm is clean-up time for example.
Give them specific tasks to do, especially if there are 3 or more kids. This would not only make cleaning up easier, they would have a sense of purpose and responsibility in doing their task properly. For us, the Roomba made it easier to clean up the floors, and made it easier for the kids to follow through with tasks and schedules.
Follow up to Keep Kids Room Tidy
These 5 ideas are simple and effective to implement to keep kids room tidy. Some may work and some may not, however, each tip is worth a try. Of course, extra storage space will allow more room to store toys away, the key is to teach your kids the importance of cleaning up, evidently saving you the time and hassle of cleaning their room.
Organize the room the way the kids would be familiar with. Here’s some ideas on how to organize many rooms in the house with the help of many storage essentials.
If they are in school, make sure that you also do a routine cleanup of dust removal, decluttering, sorting clothes, and removing old, unusable ones. Half of the work gets easier when you declutter. We hope these tips to keep kids room tidy helps you and your little one somewhat organized in some way.