house cleaning checklist

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Is there anything more difficult than trying to get your kids to keep their rooms tidy? Often, it doesn’t feel like it — they’d rather be doing anything but tidy, and you’re left picking up toys and clothes because otherwise, it would never be tidy. 

How can you help your kids keep their rooms in top condition? Maybe you already have a house cleaning checklist, or you want to make one specifically for your kids, and get that deep clean done!

If you’re wondering how to get started, just keep reading on to find out.

Be Specific

A messy room can be overwhelming — both for you and your child. Divide the room into areas, or concentrate on one thing, such as trash or clothes. 

Often, children will need clear instructions instead of a vague “tidy your room”, as they don’t know where they should start. If you’re happy with a certain level of mess, let them know.

Clear instructions are important, and make it far more easy to get started!

Get Supplies Ready

Before you beginn the actual process of tidying the room, ensure that you’ve got everything you need — feel free to include your child in the process of grabbing supplies!

Think about what you’ll need to tidy the room to your satisfaction. You might get:

  • Bags or boxes
  • Polish and duster
  • Cloths and products for cleaning
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Fresh sheets and pillowcases
  • Glass cleaner

Don’t Do It All Yourself

While it’s important that you’re a role model, keeping your own bedroom — and the rest of the house — tidy, you should resist the urge to take over and tidy your child’s room yourself.

Yes, you might be itching to do something differently, but this is a learning experience for your child. In the long run, making your children do their bet will make life a lot easier for you.

Once your child’s in elementary school, they’re generally old enough to keep their rooms today.

Sort Into Bags

Let’s face it. When your kids have messy rooms, there’s going to be a whole lot of trash in there, as well as things from around the house that have somehow found their way into their room — tidying is a great opportunity to declutter!

Get a bag or a box for trash, and another one for things you can put back in their rightful homes. Start with trash, making your child check on the floor, under their bed, in cupboards and anywhere else an empty soda can or candy wrapper might be lurking.

Then, look around for anything that doesn’t belong in the bedroom. Put this in another box or bag, and then once you’re done, you can go around the house putting everything back.

Clean Surfaces and Windows

Once everything’s tidy, it makes sense to really start cleaning.

You might start by dusting the furniture, and then cleaning the windows with glass cleaner. Change the bed, and vacuum surfaces if necessary too!

Depending on your child’s age, you may need to play a more active role here, but even so it will benefit them to watch and learn!

Your House Cleaning Checklist

Just by adding these steps to your house cleaning checklist you can make a real difference in terms of how your child’s bedroom looks. 

It’s set to be spotless, and you won’t have to do all the work yourself, as you can include your child as much as you like!

If you feel like you need a hand with cleaning, however, feel free to contact us to see how we can help you out.