Children need a quiet place to calm themselves down at the end of a busy day.
Organize your child’s room and then encourage them to help you keep it that way.
If there is less clutter for distraction, you will find that it is easier to get them to settle down during bedtime – or anytime they need a break.
Make sure you get your kids in on the action when you organize their bedroom. Have them help you so that they understand how you expect their room to look. This way, when you assign them chores in order to keep their bedrooms clean, they will know exactly what to do.
Declutter Keep toys to a minimum.
Make sure you have adequate shelving or storage space for the toys and make it a house rule that all toys must be put away each night before bedtime.
Grab anything that belongs in another room in the house. Move these items to the appropriate room.
Take a careful look around the room for clutter.
Don’t forget to check the closet. Clutter includes outgrown toys and clothes, and all unused or unwanted items.
Move all of these items to Clutter Central.
Dispose of rubbish or recycling.
The Clean Sweep
Now that your child’s room is clutter-free it will be much easier to clean. Now is the perfect time for a thorough cleaning.
Strip the bed and wash the bedding.
Remake the bed with fresh, clean sheets.
Remove all dirty laundry from the room.
Wash and dry it all and then have your child help you put it all away.
If your child does not have a laundry hamper, get one.
Teaching your child to put dirty clothes into a hamper is an easy way to help teach them to keep their room more organized.
If there are clean clothes laying around your child’s room that have not been folded and put away have your child help you do that now.
Take window curtains down and throw them in the dryer to remove dust.
Wash the windows and blinds.
Vacuum, including using the crevice attachment to get into the corners and along the walls and use the extension attachment to clear dust and cobwebs from the ceiling.
Dust all surfaces, headboard, footboard, and knick knacks
Wash the overhead light fixture and ceiling fan blades.
Now that you have taken the time to organize and thoroughly clean your child’s bedroom, enlist the help of your kids to keep it that way. Here are some rules to follow:
Have your children make their beds every morning.
Have your children put all their toys, books or games away before going to bed each night.
Teach your children to place their dirty clothes in their laundry to keep it off of their bedroom floor.
When you do laundry, put your children in charge of putting their own clothes away.
Be sure to wash the bed sheets at least once per week.
Children can be in charge of stripping their own beds and bringing the bedding to the laundry room.
If they are old enough, they can also remake their own beds.
Vacuum and dust thoroughly at least once each week.
If your children are old enough, they can do this themselves. It is a good idea to use a chore chart, especially for younger children, to help your kids remember and be responsible for the tasks you ask them to accomplish.