You clean up your child’s room several times a day, and again at night. Sometimes you get angry, but there’s no need to do that. Why don’t you motivate them to handle the organization of their small world on their own? Yes, they can do that! Even if they’re young. The key is to follow some necessary steps.
Make it easier for them
Your child can clean up their room, but you shouldn’t leave them alone to it; it’s very important that you make it easier for them.
Give them a basket or a box, and teach them how to put their toys back in it when they’re finished playing.
If you want them to put their clothes away in their closet, allocate lower shelves for them. You can also teach them how to put socks or dirty clothes in a separate basket.
You can also suggest that they choose one day a week to organize their room… under your supervision.
Let them play
Playing is your child’s biggest interest. Take advantage of that to motivate them to clean up their room on their own.
Make it a race. For example, you can ask them to clean up their room within a certain period of time. This way, they’ll try to do it as fast as they can.
Let them do it in parts. They’ll have to finish each part before a song or musical piece they like ends.
You can also try this: draw shapes that represent these tasks on some papers, and when they finish the task you can ask them to color the corresponding drawing.
Try to make them laugh. Such as talking on behalf of the toy basket, saying: “I’m the toy basket and I love being full of your toys.”
Our advice to you
Don’t expect your child to clean up their room the way you do. Take their age and abilities into consideration. And Keep in mind that they see this task differently.
When you ask them to take over some tasks, you are boosting their confidence.
Keep in mind that routine helps your child feel safe. Ask them to make up their bed as much as they can when they wake up in the morning, and to put their toys away before going to bed. Don’t forget to set a good example yourself.