How Can You Get Kids To Clean Their Room When You Have Tried Everything Under The Sun And It Still Doesn't Work?
Making it a before bedtime routine works for me. If I do this every night then it doesn't get to overwhelming for them. I would clean the rooms for them once to get them in order and there after make it a daily regimen. Good luck with this, it takes just as much effort on your part as it does theirs.
We have the same problem with our daughter, she is very hard to get to work with about it. But, I should have made it a daily 'to do' thing on her list from the very beginning. I think that is how you really get them into the habit of doing it when you tell them. I just tell her that we are going to bring in a dump truck in and clean it our way. Lol She gets it then. Best thing really though at this point is to clean it yourself, and take the toys away, when you think they get the point of what you are telling them, then they can have some toys back, if they slide at all, take the toys back again. I hope this helps, and best of luck to you.
It was hard for my kids at first too. The only thing we found to work was every morning after breakfast they did their room. They were not allowed to do anything else until it was done. They will soon learn they can be in their rooms for 5 minutes cleaning good or 4 hours messing around and crying that they can't do it. My kids are 6 and 10 now and they make their own beds and clean their rooms every morning as they are getting dressed for the day without even being reminded. Of course you have to be a good example and do yours too.
Help them every once in awhile like once a month that way you can train them how to do a decent job at it,but yeah they never learn until they are grown and get their own place and than most of the time you will see the fruits of your labor,but it is difficult and don't think you are alone in this we could start a committee regarding getting kids to clean their room,not knowing how lucky they are to have a room,but when they are grown and have their own just watch you will hear the complaints,but nothing seems to really work,try the cleanest room gets to have a pj party......good luck mommy dear we all have them
I find bribery works for my children. They love chocolates and lollies!
I trash it when I clean it. If they don't pick stuff up, I'll "bin" it - I'll hide it away, and if they've kept their room tidy for a week, I'll give them the thing back :P
I once refused to clean up so my Dad swiped 5 times my bare bottom with sandpaper-i NEVER refused again!