Guide to Have Your Kids Clean up Their Mess at Home


One of the most important things parents should do it teach their children how to take care of themselves. This task sometimes turns out to be too hard for most parents because in most cases it is too hard for them to succeed in making their kids put their clothes and socks away.

However, if you succeed in teaching your children how to clean up their mess at home, it will be easier for you to make them create some useful habits and be responsible to themselves and their lives. The “Go and clean up your room” request usually gets a response of slamming doors and even hurt feelings. So, parents should remember that children normally learn best when they are offered positive role models and encouragement. Do not push them too hard or offend them in any way.

  • Clean: Make a request, not a command

The truth is that children usually give up easily when it comes to cleaning the big mess they have left earlier. Still, they should be taught to be persistent and carefully deal with all the tasks they have by dividing them into several parts that are easier to manage.

In addition, children reach more sympathetic to their parents’ requests to help them with the cleaning process if a specific task is given to them. A great approach is to also help them over the process and show them you care for them.

  • Give them a choice

When your children get bigger, you can also offer them a choice of a few things that should be done. It is important not to use the domestic cleaning chores as a punishment because this is how you will make it even more unpleasant for them to do.

  • Make a cleaning schedule

A good approach is to make a list or a schedule with all the cleaning chores for the week and give a specific task for every member of your family. This will definitely boost the sense of responsibility in your children, not to mention the fact that it will make them more empathetic to your family activities.

  • Ask your children join in

All children are curious. So, make them part of your weekly cleaning routine. A good idea is to also ask them for their opinion or ask for an advice about how things could be made easier and quicker. By doing this, you will show your children that you care for their opinion, not to mention the fact that they will really feel like part of the family, and this is to help them create useful habits and an ability to work in a team. It will also bring them the sense of responsibility and leadership.

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  • Be fair when separating the tasks

Remember that all cleaning tasks should be given in correspondence to the child’s age and skills. DomesticCleanLondon Wimbledon advises you to give the easiest tasks to the youngest ones and the hardest ones to the big children. Also, do not forget to talk to them. You should explain why is keeping your home clean and well-organized is so important and always show them how to do the domestic cleaning chores properly.

  • Make cleaning a lot of fun

You should teach your children to be careful and attentive when doing the home cleaning tasks. But you should still remember that they are only children and such tasks usually get them bored easily. So, try to make some fun out of the domestic cleaning. Make a small competition with prizes or play a game. Be creative. Children love competitions and games, so this would be a great way to make them clean the mess quicker.

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  1. Wowwww this is so correct. Will definitely try these ways at my home. Thank you so much for making life more meaningful Ruchi. Love and best wishes. Keep writing. We love your articles

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  2. This is a wonderful post and you have wonderfully written. Every parent should understand MAN KI BAAT of their child.

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  3. Thanks Isobel for these practical tips. I will definitely need them as I am raising a toddler. Thanks Ruchi for bringing this to us.

  4. This is actually very nice! Educational, fun and a relationship building hehe. I have to learn this too for my kids hehe. As of now, we hire cleaners from for our monthly general cleaning. I hope my comment helps out too! Thanks!!

  5. This is great! I am looking for something for my 4 year-old daughter. I like the idea make cleaning a fun,.

  6. Great points here Ruchi and I know you really practice what you preach with your kids, you are a super mom ??

  7. It is quite a task to get kids to clean up the mess! My little one is still too young to be disciplined…But I plan to make it a habit for her to put back things after playing.

  8. I had started this since my baby started making messes. She is not even 3 and still I make her wrap up everything with me and make sure to thank her in helping me out.

  9. it looks like a well experimented list, will surely try this once

  10. a beautiful piece of content, will surely try this list once!

  11. Wow these are some really good parenting this. By incorporating the sense of cleanliness right from childhood they will always follow suit all their lives. Love how nicely you’ve illustrated it all in your post.

  12. If we make things looks fun, kids would automatically get drawn to it! If we make it seem like a punishment, they would hate it! Loved your ideas and I totally agree with them!

  13. We’ve made cleaning a fun time and whole family is into it in the form of competition. I really found this fun way a great one to teach kids cleaning.

  14. Self cleaning is helpful, it not only get kids do their own stuff but also help them in fduture as being self dependent.

  15. Seriously kids mess is something really scary for me……. We need to make them understand how to clean up mess

  16. Great tips Richie and this came well in time. I was planning teach some cleaning to My son.

  17. Yes I personally use these following steps to help my child learn and to create a bond more stronger between us .

  18. Home chores should be given to child not as punishment but as an activity. This way child becomes responsible and independent. The child can go through any situation in future when build in such a way.

  19. You are right. Kids need to learn to clean their mess on their own because it is absolutely unacceptable for the kids to make a mess and then not pay attention to it as if it’s not their problem

  20. It is imperative to inculcate the habit to clean at an early age and a schedule as suggested by you can be really helpful

  21. I trueky support this, my daughter is 19 months old. And I always ask her to tidy up her toys after play or help me putting her clothes to the laundary bag. We should always start early for such habits

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