What's one key to keeping a kid's room clean? Start with one clutter-free spot. The habits and skills they learn by taking care of this one spot will help them develop the discipline to care for a larger space. You'll discover how easy it is for your kids to care for one clutter-free spot. Here are some simple steps to get you started.
Step 1 - Let your child choose the spot. It can be as large as a bed or as small as one dresser drawer. Guide them on picking something that isn't too big or too small to learn the lessons. As long as it has a tendency to collect clutter and get disorganized, it qualifies.
Step 2 - Once your child picks their spot, decide what skills your child needs in order to keep that spot clutter free. Do they need to learn the steps to make a bed? Do they need to learn how to fold laundry? Do they need to learn how the books look when they are all facing the same direction?
Step 3 - Teach your child what they need to know to be successful. If they are learning a complex skill like making their bed, show them how with step-by-step instructions. Practice together as many times as needed until they feel like they've got it, then let them be on their own. It's OK if it isn't perfect.
Step 4 - Simpler is easier. You might need to simplify tasks for a younger child or modify the arrangement to make the tasks quick and easy to do. For example, a comforter is easier to smooth out than a bedspread. A lower bookshelf might be easier for a small child to take care of than a higher shelf
Step 5 - Help your child “check the spot" every day for a while. Do this in a gentle, supportive way; making it fun is even better. After they get used to keeping it at the decluttered level, a verbal reminder will probably be enough. You could do random spot checks now and then to check their good habit.
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