How to Get Your Kids to Clean Their Room the Way YOU Want it CleanedThursday, June 16, 2016
Here's a list of questions I found myself asking my kids day after day:
* Why is the clean laundry piled in the corner of your room?
* What is all this junk under your dresser?
* Do you seriously think this room is clean?
* Is this trash on your floor?
Sound familiar? I thought so. But this round of questioning continued to cycle again and again and AGAIN. Until I finally found the solution. And let me say, this has REVOLUTIONIZED the way my kids clean their rooms. I can't believe it took me this long to do this because it's so ridiculously simple. I made a room inspection checklist.
We now have room inspection day on Thursdays - I am really big on setting schedules for things like this because it helps create routine. They each have the checklist so they know what I'm looking for when I say I want a clean room & bathroom. Thursday afternoon I head into their rooms and I go through the checklist with them. Each task is worth up to 5 points (for a possible total of 70). They need to receive a grade of 60 to pass room inspection. I did also include a bonus section where they can earn extra points for going beyond.
This all goes back to what I talked about last week when I blogged about how to get your kids involved in cleaning - setting expectations and then let them loose to do it on their own. Now room inspection takes me all of 10 minutes with no nagging. Just a gentle reminder Wednesday that room inspection day is coming and that's it. Ah, so much nicer.
Want one for yourself to use with your kids? Okay. Just download your chore chart here.
I'd love to hear how this works for you!