Tips on tidying room
TOyS strewn everywhere, clothes on the floor… when your child’s room is messy, it’s tempting to whip through and tidy it all up in a swift half hour but taking a little longer and getting your small one to help instils tidiness and responsibility.
When tackling a mucky bedroom, make it fun and simple with these tips:
Housework is dull so try to make it a bit more fun by playing your favourite music. Ideally, look for a tune with a bit of a beat to it so that you’re both inspired to be energetic.
Get the right gear
you’ll need a dustbin for rubbish, a glass cleaner, a furniture polish, dusters and a vacuum cleaner.
Pick a small area and illustrate how to clean it by first picking up and disposing of rubbish, then tidying things into their proper place and finally cleaning or dusting.
Once a rhythm is established, share out responsibilities for separate areas: the floor, a closet or bookshelf or delegate a particular task like binning rubbish.
Take a break
Teach your child that big tasks are managed better by breaking them down: set a limit to what you accomplish in one go. When you’ve reached that goal, sit down for five minutes and take a break.
When you’re done, praise each other for a job well done, and revel in how nice it is to have a clean room.
Inviting a third party to praise enforces the joys of a job well done and can foster motivation for the next tidy session.