Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, getting your kids to keep their rooms clean might have felt like pulling teeth. Now months into the pandemic and stay-at-orders, you might feel all hope is lost when it comes to keeping your kids’ room clean.
Here are a few ways to declutter your kids’ room and keep it that way, according to GoodHousekeeping.com.
1. Involve your kids from the beginning: Experts suggest to work with work children and not around them. If kids are involved in organizing, they’ll fell ownership over the project and more inclined to keep things tidy.
2. Have kids give you a tour of the room before you start: Give your kids a change to look around and have them show you what is there.
3. Talk about how stuff has ‘a home’: Try using language that helps personify their things. Use statements like, “Do you want this item to live with you?” or “Where should we give this a home?”
4. Give your kids permission to let go of stuff they don’t want: Let your kids know it’s OK to say no to the stuff they don’t want. Try to set up situations in which they are donating items to charity and giving their items a new home.
5. Start from the bottom up: Take the process of organizing down to their level. If they can see where their items’ new homes are, they will make a habit of placing them there.
6. Reinforce their routines with cubbies: Using cubbies recreates what they have experienced at school. You can place them in the entryway or their room, which creates a “drop zone” they will naturally maintain.
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