So Long, Messy Kids’ Rooms!

teen listening to musicFinding the motivation to clean out your house is a challenge. After all, folks in metro Atlanta have a million items taking up time: a long commute, a hard day of work (whether at home or in the office), and daily home upkeep that never seems finished. But there’s a bigger struggle than finding the time to clean out the junk shed: getting kids to clean their rooms. If you’re tired of arguing with your elementary students, middle schoolers, and teenagers to tidy up their messy spaces, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

5 Tips for Getting Kids to Clean their Rooms

  1. Ask why? Are your kids lazy? Distractible? Busy with other responsibilities? Determine what’s keeping your kids’ rooms looking like a war zone. Then help them find the time to pick up their stuff.
  2. Start big. If your kids struggle to clean their rooms, it may be time for a major overhaul. Plan a room clean out day to help your kids get rid of excess junk. After those year-old school papers, forgotten science fair trophies, and too-small clothes are in the donation box, your kids might find it easier to keep their rooms clean.
  3. Go small. Does a week of homework leave your kid’s room looking like a disaster area? Instead of pestering them to tidy up every Saturday morning, set aside 10 minutes of clean up time at the end of each day.
  4. Set an example. It’s easy to let organization slip when you’re busy paying bills, getting groceries, and cleaning away germs. But the best way to lead is by example. If you’re asking the kids to clean their bedrooms, go tidy up yours, too. If you have a few minutes to spare, partner with your kids to tidy up the house one room per night.
  5. Let it go. For teens and middle schoolers, bedroom upkeep lets kids play at adulthood. Set standards of cleanliness, but don’t sweat the small stuff. The older they get, the more they’ll want a space of their own. Learning to take care of it is the next step on the road to growing up.

Getting rid of childhood furniture, boxes of old clothes, and other home junk? Call Mr Junk to haul off your kids’ old stuff.

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