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5 Secrets Guaranteed to Help You Get Your Kids to Clean Their Rooms!

by Jenn

5 Secrets Guaranteed to Get Your Kids to Clean Their RoomsGetting your children to clean up after themselves is typically not an easy task. You may want them to tidy up their rooms if they want to have some friends come over, if they would like to go play outside or simply because it’s a mess. By having some of these essential tricks up your sleeve, you’re sure to have your kids cleaning their rooms in no time. By making cleaning fun instead of a chore or something that they are forced to do, children are more likely to be willing to clean up than they would be if you were to start a war over it.

Watching Hoarding TV Shows Together
Sit down with your kids one night and put on a television show such as Hoarders or something similar that showcases families or individuals that do not keep their homes clean. By seeing what various houses and rooms look like when clutter continues to pile up, things are not cleaned and rodents may even make their way into the house, it is sure to shock your child. They may even start to ask you if your house will look like that if they don’t clean their room. Let them know that as long as they keep their room neat and clean when asked, hoarding will not become a problem within your household. This shock method is one trick that is sure to work.

Planning a Garage Sale
Let your children know that they can plan their very own garage sale with toys, clothes and items from around their room that they no longer want anymore. This will make them take the initiative to clean their space when knowing that they are able to keep the profits from their garage sale.

Letting Kids Makeover Their Rooms
If your child loves to play makeover games, there’s no better way to get them to clean their room than by letting them know that they can give it an extreme makeover. From tidying up to finding different items that they can hang on their walls and re-arranging furniture, this secret makes cleaning fun.

Make Cleaning a Game
Turn cleaning into a game among your children. Let them know that whoever can clean their room fastest will win a prize. This could be allowing them to stay up for an extra hour at bed time or letting them have a sleepover that weekend. Rooms must be cleaned to your rules and standards that are set before starting the game.

Comparing Photographs
Have your kids take a picture of what their room looks like when messy and have them take another picture of it when it is clean. They may love comparing the photographs so much that this will become a tradition each time that they clean their rooms.

Best of luck in getting your children to clean their rooms.  I hope you get to enjoy watching your kids cleaning their rooms.

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Becky Schollian May 1, 2013 - 4:54 pm

You are doing a fantastic job on your blog!! My 5 yr old G’son does not like to clean. When he comes to my house & I ask him to make his bed & clean his room, he says “I already did that at my house!” & “Not fair, I have to rooms to clean. Your house & my house.” It can be a struggle at times but I manage to make it fun by putting his favorite music on because he love’s to dance, and we get it done. I didn’t even think to watch Hoarders with him. I will be trying this, thanks!!

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jennifer aikens May 1, 2013 - 5:06 pm

My friend has also tried other methods. She used to just pick up the toys herself if the kids refused to and told them whatever she picks up is getting sold or tossed. IMO of course that isn’t a good idea since you bought the toys and this method is prob punishing you more than the kid. She then revised it to where she will pick up and put toys and stuff in a box in here room where the kids will get toys back when they do nice things.

One way my mother would get me to pick stuff up is to offer me “chips” bingo chips that she would give me and at the end of the week she would set up a “store” where she would get various things and price them with chips.

These are all good ideas. Thank you.

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jody53 May 2, 2013 - 11:22 am

These are some great suggestions for cleaning their room. I’ve actually tried a couple of them and they worked. So now I’ll try watching Hoarding with my kids. Thats an eye-opener.

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willis flanagan May 3, 2013 - 12:52 am

This is a subject I need lots of help with..I will use some of your ideas and hope they will work for me. ty

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Aubrey May 3, 2013 - 1:16 pm

I know the hoarding show worked for me, my daughter immediately wanted to declutter

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Sylvia Ortiz May 3, 2013 - 3:05 pm

Nice clean-up tricks! Hope they don’t get wise to your “secrets”. 🙂

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marissa lee May 30, 2013 - 10:22 pm

these are all great advice…thank you for sharing.

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Cami September 11, 2013 - 1:56 pm

We do a game and tars sale thing but lately my 4 year old has not want to clean his room. So I started “throwing away” what he doesn’t pick up. I actually just bag it and put away. That is the only things that world lately 🙁

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Amanda Stano September 24, 2013 - 2:54 pm

My mother used to make it a game for us and at the end we not only had a clean room but made memories with our mom when she helped. I can’t wait to make cleaning fun for my son once he wants to help more.

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slehan September 29, 2013 - 2:43 am

Great ideas. I am too scared to watch Hoarders so I hope it doesn’t upset kids too much.

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md Kennedy January 26, 2014 - 8:36 am

Once I told my niece that we would have a garage sale and she’d make some good money selling things we – including she – didn’t need, she was very into getting her tornado room in shape. We have everything all set for a nice warm Spring Saturday!

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