Having a tween is an interesting thing. They are happy one moment and mad the next and then if you wait a few more moments they’ll probably be mad again. It can be tricky to get them to anything they don’t want to do, especially when it comes to cleaning! We all know that cleaning is a crucial if skill and one that all kids definitely need to learn. The best way to begin to teach your tween to clean begins with their own bedroom. Given the right circumstances, they are more likely to clean their bedroom since it belongs to them and they probably do enjoy being in there. The key is showing how to do it well- and FAST! These tips will help you to teach your tween how to clean their room fast, so they won’t have an excuse to do it more often.
Getting your tween to clean their room shouldn’t have to be an all out battle. If you give them the right tools and show them the correct way to do it, then it can be done quickly and (mostly) pointlessly. Before you even expect your child to clean their room, you have to be sure they have the ability to organize it! I am a big fan of giving kids plenty of baskets and containers to have a place to put their
junk important things. Baskets on the floor for stuffed animals, shelves for books and containers to organize desk and beauty items are all a must. Tween brains don’t quiet work like an adult brain and if they don’t have a quick and simple place to put stuff, that’s when it end up on the floor. So once they are equip with the tools, then comes the technique!
Teach your tween to clean their room FAST with these 5 simple steps, so they will be more likely to do it often if they know it won’t take too long:
Step one: Clear the bed and make it
First have your child work on their bed. Throw everything off onto the floor and then show them how to make it properly. Obviously it probably won’t be perfect, but as long as it’s mostly neat then you should be satisfied! After they make the bed, have them only put back their most favorite pillows and stuffed animals so it doesn’t get too crowed and messy again.
Step two: Gather all of the clothes
After they make the bed, next have them gather all of the clothes that have found their way to the floor and stick them in a pile on the bed. This will make step three easier and also clear some of the mess off of the floor.
Step three: Sort the clothes
After the clothes are piled up, then sort them. Clean stuff gets hung back up or put into the drawers, dirty stuff gets tossed into the dirty basket. It’s a good idea to give your tween their own dirty basket if the house one is in a room too far away from them too.
Step four: Sort the remaining items
This part will take the longest, but it can still be pretty fast as long as they have places to put their items. Teach them to start with the floor and work their away around- put stuffed animals in one basket, hair ties in another, legos in a third- whatever they re into should have a basket or shelf. This way, clearing the remaining items is more of quick sort rather than a major project.
Step five: Get rid of the garbage
Lastly, have them throw any garbage away and bring any bowls or cups that don’t belong there back downstairs (or wherever your kitchen is!) My tween has her own mini trash can in her room and it definitely helps! She loves doing crafts and art projects, so she knows to right away throw the trash in it rather than on the floor. Once all of the garbage is thrown away, you should have a fairly neat and clean room!
Not too hard, right? One thing to keep in mind is that a tween’s idea of a “clean” room and your idea of a “clean” room are probably very, VERY different. In my opinion, if I can see the floor, the majority of their things are put away and it doesn’t smell bad, then we are probably in a good place. This isn’t the way to deep clean their room, like vacuuming, dusting or wiping down surfaces, but more of a quick clean, so it looks presentable and mostly neat. If they did this fast cleaning once a week, then chances are, it will stay more neat on it’s own, making their job even easier.