Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: High Desert of California
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Let's see, one thing we do is that every night before bed- the kids clean up their rooms. I do an inspection, and if it's not clean enough I tell them what else needs to be done- no cleaning, no bedtime stories. We also have one day a week where we clean bedrooms- this includes dusting and vacuuming. The big thing for my kids is to have things organized in a way that they have places for everything they want. This means they have file folders for all of the paper scraps that are so precious to them, containers for rocks, etc. About once a month I have to help them go through and re-organize their stuff. Another thing is that even though my kids do a lot of keeping their rooms clean, they do need help. Even if that help is the once a month organizing, or reminders, or just pointing out what else needs to be done- they can't do it all alone. Maybe you can have a special basket for them to gather the stuff that ends up on the floor? That way you can vacuum and you're not waiting for them to put everything away. Do they have a trash can in their room for garbage? Do they make the beds wehn they tear the sheets off? I had to start charging my son money when he would do things that either used household supplies without asking me, or created more work for me that he was unable to clean up. My time and effort is worth something, and that really hit home for him.