How to Get your Clutter-Kid to De-Clutter

August 31st, 2012 Kim Proulx

OK Moms…it’s time to stop the clutter freaks that live in our houses!!! It’s amazing how my house can start off clean in the morning (cause I cleaned it last night) and then within a few hours it’s totally trashed with clutter piles that spontaneously popped up throughout the day. When I ask whose clutter mess it is the fingers start pointing in every direction, but no one actually fesses up. I’m sure many of you moms out there go through this same thing and have had enough!
Tips on Getting Kids to Clean
Well I’m here to tell you that I’ve figured out a few things that actually make my kids de-clutter without putting up too much of a fight and I just had to share these with all my fellow moms who are living amongst the mess and want to escape.

Five Minute Cleaning Rule

The first thing I did was create a Five Minute Cleaning Rule. My youngest daughter is the biggest clutter maker in my house, so now she has to speed clean for 5 minutes after dinner to clear some of her piles she’s made during the day. This doesn’t get my house spotless, but because it’s only 5 minutes she cleans without whining and gets rid of a few piles here and there. Because I tacked on the “speed” part, she goes super fast and thinks it’s funny and all the while, I’m the one giggling, cause I got her to clean up without having to nag.

Get a Friend to Help

My youngest daughter’s best bud lives right next door and comes over often. He also helps in making several of the messes. So I told her to ask him to help clean up and to my surprise…he did! Now she asks him to clean on a regular basis and more clutter piles are slowly fading away.

One Garbage Bag a Day

I also gave my daughter a garbage bag and told her that when she filled that up with old clothes or garbage…her choice…then she was done cleaning for that day and she didn’t whine or cry with that rule either. Win for me and for mom-kind everywhere!

No Contact with the Outside World

If all else fails and your kid just won’t clean, then I guess you’ll just have to ban him/her from any contact with the outside world till the inside world is clutter-free.

If your child doesn’t have anywhere to put his things consider getting him one of our dressers or bookcases or storage bins or baskets, to help keep things organized.

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