Just a quick one today. I don’t know about you, but getting my kids to clean their rooms is one of the most stressful and annoying things I ever have to do as a parent (although teaching my teen to drive is definitely in the top ten!).
Sometimes it takes half the day, many times it involves screaming and yelling, and it’s usually a very unpleasant situation. But ya gotta make ’em do it. Kids need a somewhat clean room to be able to rest properly and to be able to find things when they need them. Tempting as it is to just let them just wallow in it. You aren’t doing them any favors. Because that inevitable day is going to come when they have an entire home of their own to keep clean. Then they may not know how to do it if you haven’t taught them.
I ran across this magic formula somewhere on the interwebs. Recently, I tried it on my son Blake, who is 17 and going through a particularly ornery stage right now. I love that kid, but I think he is definitely responsible for at least half of my grey hair. But I had him try it, and surprisingly, it worked!
His room was looking quite presentable in about 30-45 minutes. Both of us were totally shocked. Neither of us had to yell at all. It wasn’t a perfect job, but it was definitely as good as one of his 4-hour marathon jobs had been in the past!
Now obviously, this isn’t going to be a fabulous, sparkling clean room. There’s no provision for vacuuming, dusting, or tackling the closet or drawers. BUT, it will be a room that they can walk through without stepping on stuff and some days, I would sell my soul for that!