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5 Best Hints to Teach Kids to Keep their Room Tidy

How to Involve Kids in Cleaning and Keeping their Room Tidy?

Keeping our home tidy and clean was never my hobby... but as it really needs to be done, I tried to find as many smart solutions as possible to make it smoother. 

This includes teaching my Daughter to keep her room tidy! 😅

Well, being a stay-at-home Mom with a baby or toddler could be seen as neverending fun and cuddling. Could be. But it is definitely the biggest mess-making occupation I ever had. 🙈😂

And when I was also working from home with my 4-year-old at that time, I just felt that we are living in the middle of a playground... and to be honest, even though I prefer spending time going out or doing other fun things, I could not ignore the constant need of cleaning and tidying.

So I started to reorganize our living space and came up with some solutions to get rid of the neverending mess

One of my best decisions was involving my Little One in all these processes. 😊


Is it Important for Kids to Keep Their Rooms Clean?

Yes, it is important for kids to keep their rooms clean for several reasons:

Health and hygiene: A clean room reduces the risk of illness by preventing the growth of bacteria and mold. Keeping the room tidy and dust-free can also help alleviate allergies and respiratory problems.

A cluttered room can be hazardous to kids. It increases the risk of trips and falls, and can also hide potential dangers like sharp objects or electrical cords.

Responsibility and discipline:
Teaching kids to keep their rooms clean instills a sense of responsibility and discipline. It helps them understand the importance of taking care of their personal space and belongings.

Improved focus and productivity:
A tidy room can help improve focus and productivity. It eliminates distractions and allows kids to concentrate better on their tasks.

A clean and well-organized room looks good and can create a positive atmosphere. It can help kids feel more relaxed and comfortable in their own space.

Keeping their rooms clean is an essential life skill that kids should learn early on. It can benefit their health, safety, and overall well-being, and help them develop good habits for the future.

But do the kids themselves find keeping their room tidy important?

My "Yes" for this would not be that strong. 😂

Kids may not always find it important to keep their rooms clean, especially if they are young and have not yet developed a sense of responsibility or understanding of the benefits of a clean space...

Parents can make cleaning fun and engaging for kids by involving them in the process, setting goals, and providing positive reinforcement for their efforts. Kids love trying "adult-ish" things, so making tidying up and cleaning interesting might convince them that it is something worth getting involved in. 

As they grow older, they will hopefully also recognize the importance of responsibility and discipline in maintaining a clean and organized environment.😊

Our 5 Best Hints to Teach Kids to Keep Their Room Tidy

Check our 5 best hints that can help teach kids to keep their rooms tidy:

1. Establish a routine: Create a routine for cleaning and tidying up, and make it a consistent part of their daily or weekly routine. This can help make cleaning a habit and reduce the likelihood of clutter and mess. 

We started in small steps. Every evening, before going to bed we built tidying up in our routine. It was not a big change, and we did it together, so it did not feel like a "task" she needed to take care of all alone. 

But soon enough I realized it really became a routine, and she started doing it by herself. 😊

2. Make it fun: Turn cleaning into a game or a fun activity by setting a timer or playing music. This can help motivate kids and make cleaning feel less like a chore.

Kids are happy to get involved in fun and interesting tasks, but - at least most of those I know - tend to stop cooperating as soon as they realize it is a "task" they need to do. 😅

So keeping it easy and making fun will have more advantages: kids will take part voluntarily, and you all will have a great time together. 😊

3. Set achievable goals: Break down the cleaning task into small, achievable goals, such as cleaning one section of the room at a time. This can help kids feel a sense of accomplishment and reduce feelings of overwhelm.

4. Lead by example: Set a good example by keeping your own space tidy and organized. Kids often model their behavior on that of their parents, so leading by example can be a powerful tool.

5. Provide positive reinforcement: Praise kids for their efforts and progress, and offer rewards or incentives for a job well done. This can help motivate kids and encourage them to continue to keep their rooms tidy.

Chore charts can help kids visualize the tasks they have, and accomplished!

Printable Chore Chart for Kids

What Skills can Kids Learn from Cleaning?

Besides making all the cleaning and tidying easier and faster by involving kids, there are some further benefits of these activities for the Litte Ones!

Cleaning can teach kids a range of important skills, including:

Responsibility: Cleaning requires kids to take ownership of their personal space and belongings. They learn that they are responsible for keeping their environment clean and organized.

Time management: Cleaning involves breaking down a task into smaller, manageable steps and completing them within a given time frame. Kids learn to prioritize tasks and manage their time effectively.

Attention to detail: Cleaning requires attention to detail and careful observation. Kids learn to identify areas that need cleaning and to be thorough in their work.

Organizational skills: Cleaning involves sorting, categorizing, and organizing items. Kids learn how to group similar items together and create a system for storing and organizing their belongings.

Problem-solving: Cleaning can present challenges, such as stubborn stains or hard-to-reach areas. Kids learn to think creatively and come up with solutions to overcome these challenges.

Perseverance: Cleaning can be a tiring and repetitive task, but it teaches kids the value of perseverance and sticking with a task until it is complete.

Environmental awareness: Cleaning involves using cleaning products and disposing of waste properly. Kids learn to be mindful of their impact on the environment and to take steps to reduce waste and use environmentally-friendly products.

Takeaway: Cleaning can teach kids valuable life skills that will benefit them in many areas of their lives. By making it fun and providing positive reinforcement, it is easy to build that into the daily routine for the benefit of the whole family.


  1. Anonymous5/15/2023

    These are great ideas! Keeping kids rooms tidy is a struggle!

    1. Thanks for your feedback, I hope you could find some ideas to try to make keeping kids rooms tidy easier! :)

  2. Anonymous5/15/2023

    These are great tips!

    1. Thanks, I am glad you found the useful!

  3. Anonymous5/15/2023

    This was a great read my kids rooms look like a bomb went off…

    1. Haha, yes, it is crazy how fast they can make a huuuuge mess :D

  4. These are great tips! Always smart to teach them a good routing young!

    1. Thank you. I think so - it is a lot easier if they pick up a good routine at an early age! :)

  5. This is a great article...all good ideas! I had a much easier time getting my son to tidy up when he was young, because it was fun for him to help. I wish that applied the same way when they become teenagers! lol!

    1. Oh no... :D I will come back in a few years to let you know how it goes with my teenager then :)


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