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 realise how much easier life is with a tidy room, it will soon become second nature to them.