Yes, I know what you think – ‘easy ways to clean’ and ‘kids’ rooms’ don’t exactly go hand in hand. You’re wrong, dear mothers. I know that you’ve read many books on cleaning and organization, that you’ve tried many tactics, and that you’ve failed to keep your child’s room organized way too many times.
Step one, declutter. When my daughter was little, she was very creative – she collected all sorts of junk into huge piles in her room for when “the mood struck her to be crafty”. As you can imagine, whenever I cleaned her room, I had to deal with those huge piles of rubbish. So, I started decluttering her room. I made my husband create an enormous shelf where I could store her junk in plastic boxes. At first she hated it, but when she saw carpet again she was really happy.
Step three, for a proper cleaning – don’t ever begin without them. You wouldn’t want someone to go through your stuff when you’re not in the room, right? Well, even little girls don’t want to have their stuff touched without them being present (I learned this the hard way). But it’s not only because your child will be offended by your behavior that you need to indulge them in the cleaning and maintenance of their room – the sooner you teach your kids the importance of cleaning, the less time you’ll have to spend cleaning their room; and the less cluttered your home will be.
Step five, maintain cleanliness. Teach your children that everything has a home, and every time your child uses something, they should put it back where it belongs. This is the hardest step, mom’s. It’ll take you a lot of time and patience to teach your children that they should put the things they use back where they belong. Once your child adopts this philosophy, their room (and even the house) will be a lot easier to clean. Don’t forget that your children tend to mimic your behavior – be a good example for your child.