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Ten Tips for a Cleanup Your Room Day

May 31, 2016
Melissa Hincha-Ownby

Chore checklist 

Earlier this month our family celebrated National Cleanup Your Room Day. If your kids are anything like mine, they love celebrating every holiday that shows up on the calendar. Below are some lessons that I learned to help make it simple to have your kids clean up their room, holiday or not.  

1. Set a planning meeting
First things first, plan how you will spend the day. This is the time to incorporate your children into the meeting and get everyone excited for the day.

2. Create a chore chart
Now that you’ve had the planning meeting, create a chore chart for each child in your family. The tasks on the chore chart will vary depending on your child’s age.

3. Make it fun
Don’t make cleaning something that your kids dread, so try to make it fun. Make up silly cleaning songs or do funny dances as you move around the room cleaning everything.

4. Break it into smaller tasks
Depending on how big your child’s room is and how much “stuff” they have, the thought of cleaning the entire room in one day can be overwhelming. Break up the larger tasks into smaller ones, ideally something that can be done in 10-15 minutes or less.

5. Identify items that could use a new home
While cleaning, look for items that your kids have gotten tired of or outgrown. Set these aside in a pile, and at the end of the day evaluate your options. Gently used clothes or toys can be handed down to younger family members, sold to a second-hand store or donated to your favorite charity.

6. Team up with a partner
Cleaning alone isn’t fun. Partner up with a sibling or a parent to make the time go by more quickly.

7. Start with the big items
Sometimes starting with the big items is easier than starting small. Instead of picking up all of the toys, start by making the bed and cleaning off the bookshelf.

8. Don’t forget floors and surfaces
Run the vacuum and dust off all of the surfaces when the room is picked up. Don’t forget under the bed and the corners of the closet.

9. Implement organizational tools
Set your child up with a great organizational program to help keep their room cleaner on a daily basis.

10. Make a plan for daily cleaning
Cleaning up your room doesn’t have to just be on a designated day. Use the event to schedule daily cleaning chores for your whole family.

Do your children enjoy cleaning their rooms?

Photo courtesy of Melissa Hincha-Ownby.

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