They have one small lego bucket of toys, a book shelf, and their beds. And yet, you cant walk through their room!! They take all their bedding off and scatter it everywhere, they rip up paper from magazines that they smuggle in and they throw garbage on the floor. I need it to be clean so I can vaccuum. DS has asthma and the room need to be vaccuumed, but I can barely walk in there.
ANy one have an good tips?
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I have ried charts, pictures, having cleaning time, rewards, punishments, taking more and more and more stuff out of their room.
The only thing that does work is for me to sit there and micromanage to the hilt and I just dont want to do that anymore
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It seems to me that an 8 year old is probably old enough to understand that it's unhealthy for his little brother if the room is that messy. Maybe if you explain it to him he'll put in more of an effort to help out? Then again, maybe I'm nuts and he's still too young for that reasoning. Good luck, though!
Jessica, wife of Marc and Momma to Nikolai (10) and Nathaniel (9) and Olivia (3).
When you do bedtime clean up, are you in there with them?
Help break up the tasks - "Try putting away all the dress up clothes first, it will be a lot easier to see what else needs cleaning when that is done." "Let's set the timer for 12 minutes and clean as much as we can in that time, then we'll put on pjs and brush teeth." (12 minutes almost ALWAYS is enough time to put everything in order.)
Put away things that don't belong in their rooms (so that they are not distracted as they go through the house to do it themselves!)
So, in their room will be books, clothes, mini tramp(stored in the closet, but they can bring it out), big ball(same thing), and that is it. Right now, ds has a big box he is using as his office, I will move that in there. Also, I am going to cut down on the bedding. They have alot of short blankets(crib size) and I think they get overwhelming
one day his room was trashed- and i mean trashed. i set the timer and we worked 15 minutes out of every hour. by the end of the day he was looking for me when it was time. the other 45 minutes he spent on the computer,watching tv, eating- anything but cleaning.
the other is mostly for my 5 y/o. we have clean up time. every night at 7pm. everyone works together. no discussion, debate or excuses.
all of the above took weeks to enact, and it was a PITA till it was understood, but is a life saver now.