Tips for a Clean & Organized Kids’ Room
This guest blog is brought to us by The Safety Mom, Alison Jacobson
I don’t care how old your kids are, their bedrooms always look like they’ve been ransacked. I’ve tried to be Zen about it and just let it go but every time I walk by it makes me crazy! I mean how hard is it to put dirty clothes in the hamper that’s five steps away from where my daughter has decided to drop it on the floor?!
Whether they’re 7 or 17 chances are you sound like a nag even to yourself asking them to clean up and organize so manage your expectations. Understand that they’re kids and neatness just doesn’t rank as high on their priority list as yours.
Having said this, here are a few tips on helping keep your child’s room clean and germ free:
While clutter is a nuisance germs take priority – The germs that cause colds and flu can and will cover their toys and stuffed animals. You can work with your young kids to decide on “bath day” for their stuffed animals and toss them in the washing machine. For plastic toys help your kids wash them regularly in the bathtub with soap.
While washing the stuffed animals don’t forget about area rugs which should be washed on a regular basis as well.
It’s also good to consider incorporating products that feature built-in protection against the growth of stain-and-odor causing bacteria, mold and mildew in your child’s room, for an added level of support to keep products cleaner between routine cleanings.
Kwikset door hardware featuring Microban technology helps protect high-touch interior door handles from bacterial growth that can cause stains and ultimately damage the products.
If there are hardwood floors in your child’s room versus carpet, Torlys Smart Floors feature customized antimicrobial technology to inhibit the growth of mold and mildew on the floor’s super-quiet cork backing.
Interior wall paint can also be a breeding ground for mold and mildew.
Paints by Davis Frost that feature the added benefit of built-in technology to inhibit the growth of mold and mildew provide an added layer of protection against what can turn into a challenging situation.
Keep cleaning products nearby – Make it easy for your kids to help clean by keeping a kid size broom and dustpan nearby along with a dust rag.
Quickie features a host of cleaning products, including handheld brooms that are the perfect size for kids to use. They also offer cleaning products that feature Microban technology, which ultimately helps ensure that the products last longer, cleaning after cleaning.
Create a check list – Often the blanket statement “clean your room” just won’t work with kids. Their idea of clean and your idea of clean is probably vastly different. Get a white board and write out step by step what you expect and have them check it off as they go along.
Use pictures – Even the youngest child can learn the proper place for their toys and clothes if there are pictures on every drawer, bin and cabinet. Put a picture of his shirts on the dresser drawer, socks for another drawer and specific toys for each bin.
Don’t give in – Let’s face it, your older kids can wear you down. You’ll send them up to clean their room and an hour later they’ll come downstairs and you’ll assume it’s done only to check and see that it’s only half way complete because they either got distracted or “didn’t see” the papers under their desk. I’m convinced they do it because they think you’ll give in. Stay firm and continue to send them back to finish.
It’ a life lesson – The ability to organize is an important skill as they go through high school and beyond. I don’t believe in offering an allowance for cleaning their room as it’s simply an expectation of how to live and be respectful of their property (plus no one’s paying me to clean the rest of the house!) Begin teaching them this as a toddler and it will set them up for success years down the road.