Cleaning Up with Kids
(ARA) - When parents ask their children to clean up their room, the
typical response, at best, is not enthusiastic -- and at worst,
well, lots of screaming and tears. The good news is, it doesn't have
to be that way! Parents, read on for simple ways to make cleaning up
easier for your kids and easier on you.
Easy as 1-2-3
The most important factor in teaching your child
to clean up after themselves is giving them the means to do so.
According to the experts at Cargokids, a solutions-based children’s
furniture and accessories retailer, there are three easy steps
parents can take to get their children in the habit of picking up
after themselves: 1) Parents need to provide adequate storage for
their child's belongings; 2) mark the storage areas with
easy-to-understand labels; and most importantly, 3) encourage them
by leading by example.
Step 1: Storage
Children need a place to put their toys, once
they've been asked to pick them up. “All of your child's belongings
need storage space if you expect them to not be left around the
house,” says Julia Summers, Cargokids expert and mother of one.
“Action-figures tend to migrate to piles underneath the bed if they
don't have a place to call home when playtime is over.”
“Storage trunks are essential to an organized
kids' room, however, toys are not the only things that need a home.
Hang wall hooks within your child's reach for jackets and sweaters
and save space in the closet for shoe bags or racks,” advises
For school age children, parents should consider
a computer workstation. In addition to “housing” the computer, it
will serve as a desk and provide extra storage for computer and
school supplies. Cargokids also carries CD/storage towers that house
small books, CDs and stuffed animals.
Step 2: Labels
Now that you have supplied a home for your
child's belongings, create an easy system for them to learn what
goes where. Mark storage areas with color or picture labels that
they can recognize and understand. Look for drawer pulls with
pictures on them, such as socks for a dresser drawer or a toothpaste
tube for the bathroom cabinet.
Summers also suggests color-coding storage areas
for toys. “Color coordination is simple for kids; in fact, I use
color coding as an adult!” Cargokids has a wide variety of large
baskets and storage bins that are sturdy, attractive, colorful and
Step 3: Lead
Attention Parents: You are the greatest influence
in your child's life. The best and fastest way to teach your kids
that cleaning up is easy and important is to do it yourself. Hang up
your coat, don't leave your shoes under the coffee table and find a
home for your magazines and mail. “If parents don't pick up their
belongings from around the house as part of their daily routine, it
makes it hard for children to understand why they have to,” says
Summers. “Sending mixed signals is confusing to children -- that’s
why it is important to have a simple system in place to save you and
your kids time and frustration.”
Why waste time? Start now by cutting out this
article, putting the newspaper in the recycling bin and show your
kids today how it's done. To find a Cargokids store near you, call
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