🎎Tips on Cleaning Kids' Rooms 🚂
While watching a video on cleaning, I was reminded how I use to help my kids clean their rooms. To me these tips made it much simpler, and even fun at times for my children. By the way, my "baby" is 42 years old.☺️ All of this was a long time ago, but the routine can and does still work with most rooms, situations. So here goes. . .
- Start with picking up BIG items; blankets, sheets, towels, jackets, big stuffed toys, etc. Place dirty items in laundry room or clothes baskets. Fold and put away clean items, hang up clean jackets, and set toys on bed or shelf, and/or put things away in designated drawer or closet.
- Next, go for boots and shoes. Make sure to find all matches, if you can't find their match then place in a bag or basket until the match is found. Make sure they all still fit, if not place in give-away bag or basket. Put the matched ones that still fit away in their proper place.
- Clothing! Work on one item at a time! Find and pick up all shirts, pants, socks, skirts, dresses, underwear, etc. Deal with each category at a time. Go to the next category. (Again make sure to match socks, fold together, and place unmatched ones in a bag or basket to deal with later.)
- Next, find all the books, folders and such. Place in proper place or give-away or throw-away bag or basket.
- Next, find more bigger sized toys such as dolls or trucks. Place in proper place, or give-away or throw-away bag or basket.
- By this time you should be down to smaller items, such as hand held toys. Choose a category and make it a game of who can find the most or who can find them first. Follow same placement plan as above.
- Trash. . .we all have it. Scraps of paper, packaging, gift bags, bows, etc. Throw it all away, unless it can be re-used or repurposed.
- Next you might find any plates, cups, or other dishes that may have made their way into the room, closet, the kids' bathroom, etc. Take to the kitchen sink or possibly a utility sink if they are really dried up and yukky. Let the kids run the water, add soap and wash them. They might make a mess, but they might also actually enjoy this chore.
- Next, look for pens and pencils. Find a cute cup or container for these.
- I'm sure by now everyone gets the point of this system. Start BIG! Work down to the smaller items.
- At this stage you can let the kids sweep up all remaining small items, place in a huge bowl and let them sort through the items.
- The only thing left to do is dust, sweep and mop! Perhaps make the bed.
- Do the laundry together. Show them how it is done. Let them help by putting it in the dryer or hanging things on the clothesline. Finally, take them in or unload the dryer and have fun folding them together and putting them away.
- I'm sure I may have forgotten something, but start with these and see how quickly the work gets done.
- I hope it makes your work a lot simpler and more importantly - even pleasant!
- Written and published by FW, January 19, 2023.