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Your child’s bedroom a mess? Get it sorted!

27 October 2016

Spring cleaning isn’t just for the communal areas in your house. Get serious about getting sorted this season and tackle your bedrooms as well. Especially your little one’s room – between the toys and the clothes, it can get quite messy quite quickly.

Decided to tidy up your child’s bedroom? No matter how messy you think it is, it doesn’t have to take all day. All you need is 15 minutes and a few helping hands.

HERE’S OUR ADVICE ON HOW TO GET IT DONE QUICKLY AND EFFICIENTLY:

1. ENLIST YOUR CHILD’S HELP

Tidying up is a great way to get your child involved in household tasks and teach them some responsibility for their belongings. It’s also important to respect your child’s space so getting them involved in cleaning up their room will show them that you care about their opinion and their take on how things should look. Make their tidy ‘tasks’ age-appropriate and you’re on your way to happiness for both you and your child.

2. GET YOUR CLEANING SUPPLIES READY

Before you start, grab all the cleaning supplies you’ll need and bring them to the room. This will save you time and energy later. The same goes for a laundry hamper and toy box or storage boxes – if you don’t already have those in the room.

3. SORT ANY CLOTHING LYING ABOUT

Too often, children (and some adults) throw their dirty clothes in the direction of the laundry basket but not actually in it. Sort through the clothes on the floor, bed, desk etc. Place dirty items in the laundry basket and fold and return clean items to the cupboard. Have young children? If their clothing rails or drawers are in safe, easy reach, they can help to put their clothes back on hangers and back where they belong. Consider child-friendly storage solutions and furniture designed for long-term ease such as a shoe rack.

4. REMOVE AND REPLACE

Are there any items in the room that don’t belong there? Decide whether they are trash or treasure. Throw any rubbish in the dustbin or recycling bin. And return all other items to the places they belong. This will free up precious space and help create order.

5. EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE

Sort out the items that do belong in the room. Return books to their shelves and store toys in a toy box or storage bin according to type and purposes – all the cars together, all the teddy bears together etc. Find all the pieces of the puzzles and toys with parts and put them together so that they are easy to find, assemble, and enjoy. Use clean storage boxes for easy identification.

6. MAKE THE BED

This might not be your child’s favourite task but it will go a long way to making their room look neater and more pleasant. Also, making the bed (smoothing out sheets and duvet, and fluffing pillows) will often reveal missing items (such as that sock you couldn’t find).

7. CLEAN THE FLOOR

Tiles? Sweep and mop. Carpet? Sweep and vacuum. Clean the floor and make sure you have a clean and clear floor space, free of potential hazards and dirt.

8. REWARD TIME

While the look of a clean bedroom might be reward enough for you, different levels of this task will need to be repeated weekly (or more often depending on the child!) so it’s worth considering reward for a job well done. Maybe try a sticker chart with a special treat at the end of a month’s worth of great clean-ups.

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