Messy Room To Tidy Haven

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How do you feel when you approach your child’s bedroom? If you find yourself taking a deep breath before you so much as open the door, in preparation for what you’ll find, you know something is wrong! Sure, nearly every parent has to deal with a messy child from time to time – and as long as the mess is confined to their room and not the rest of the house, what’s the harm, right? But if you find that your child’s room looks like a bomb has hit it 99% of the time, you may need to take action. Developing a disregard for untidiness at a young age can cause multiple issues later in life, especially if your child goes on to attend college and has to share a bedroom with a stranger. After all, no one wants to be that annoying, messy roommate! But simply shouting at your child to clear up those things can only get you so far. If you really want to encourage cleanliness in your child, here are a few ways you can go about doing it in a more practical way.

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Show and tell

You can’t expect your child to be able to clean and tidy their room from top to bottom without being shown how. To them, putting their socks away might involve shoving handfuls of them in every drawer available – not neatly placing them in a drawer intended for socks alone. Break things down to your child and explain that everything has its home. If they are constantly wearing creased clothing due to ramming them in the bottom of their wardrobe, take the time to teach them how to fold clothes properly. When it comes to cleaning products, always supervise, as some chemicals can be harmful if not dealt with in the right way.

Create storage

Think about it – does your child really have a problem with tidiness, or does their room just look a mess because there is nowhere for them to store their possessions? There are plenty of storage options you can invest in for your child’s bedroom, whether it is an old-fashioned toy box or floating shelves. It is also worth looking at a website like Cuckooland to see if you could buy a bed with storage already built in. This saves you a lot of hassle and a lot of these beds look pretty cool, too.

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Reward them

A naturally messy child is not going to clean their bedroom unless there is something in it for them. This doesn’t mean to say that you should bribe them to do so but try and teach them that it’s just one of those things you need to do in life. Consider holding back certain privileges until their room has been tidied. This will spark them into action, and once they realize how much easier life is with a tidy room, it will soon become second nature to them.

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  • babiesbiscuitsandbooze April 10, 2017 at 10:41 am

    These are good tips – neither me or my husband are especially tidy so I’m not sure we can really expect any kids to be when they are older!! We aren’t dirty – the kitchen and bathroom are clean and we wouldn’t ever leave dirty dishes around or anything but we just have a lot of clutter. I do think it’s lack of storage space and just being the kind of people who always have lots of books and cd’s lying around, etc. So unless I start to become tidier myself I may have to put up with a bit of messiness but I’ll draw the line at anything too gross!! #bigpinklink

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 10, 2017 at 10:46 am

      Haha we have storage issues too! The kids have so much stuff, it’s hard to contain it all! X

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  • Lisa Pomerantz April 10, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    I’m the tidy monster in an apartment with three less than tidy people. My Mrs., Little and Big don’t really notice stuff on the floors, dirty laundry dishes, unmade beds. I used to fight it, but instead, I choose my battles. I make our bed right before I get in it, and the rest of the time, I opt for making memories. Storage is an issue too. #BigPinkLink xo

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 11, 2017 at 6:33 am

      Storage is and issue in our house too! X

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  • agentspitback April 11, 2017 at 11:27 am

    OOooohhhhh….love the Cabin Beds. I wouldn’t mind it for myself, ha! I love clever storage ideas. I need more of those ideas here. Thanks for sharing with #bigpinklink

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 12, 2017 at 8:01 pm

      Me too! We are desperate for storage! X

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  • Rhyming with Wine April 16, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    They’re really good tips – my children will do anything for a sticker! Everybody tends to wind me up for my obsession with boxes. Nearly every room has a toy box of sorts in it so that everything can be launched into it at speed and the house maintains an air of tidyness about it haha. Thanks for sharing with #DreamTeam lovely x

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 18, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      Thankyou! x

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  • Amy @ Arty apple April 19, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Thanks for some awesome tips. I definitely need to adopt some in our house x

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood April 20, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      🙂 x

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