One of the toughest jobs of being a parent is keeping your child's room from looking like a tornado tore right through it. Children have short attention spans and are constantly going back to their toy box without thinking about putting the previous ones back in place. They have a higher risk of overnight accidents because they don't always know to listen to their body, adding yet another cleaning chore to the list. Read on to learn some helpful tips for spending less time cleaning your child's bedroom and more time having fun.
Make Cleaning Up a Game
Instead of making the act of cleaning up a chore, turn it into a fun game. Acting as if your child has "scored" big when they put a toy into a basket or bin reinforces the concept that this is the right thing a child should be doing.
Create Piles and Keep Trash Cans Ready
Don't try to sort things out and put them in their place right away. Make piles of each item (clothes, types of toys, bedding) as you go through the room. Keep a trash can with you for quick pitching of garbage. Then, go through the piles to determine what needs washing and what can be put away.
Use Simple Bed Linens and Protect the Mattress
If your child is going through the bed-wetting phase, you're probably going to find that you clean bedding quite frequently. Minimize damage to the linens by keeping the bare amount needed for each layer and protect the mattress with a waterproof mattress cover. You can always put the bedding into the washer and dryer, but you'll have a harder time cleaning the mattress since it can't be machine washed. A mattress cover will protect the mattress and keep it from absorbing odors.
Put Everything Where It Belongs
Everything has a place in your child's room by and large. When you keep the same items in the same place, you'll be able to put them away quickly because you know exactly where they belong. Although this sounds like it should be common sense, children have a tendency to create chaos out of order. Your insistence that clothes go into dresser drawers and toys into a bin gets them into the habit of doing the same.