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Trick your kids into tidying their bedrooms

Foolproof ways to stop you having to nag when it’s cleaning up time

Make it competitive

Children have a fierce competitive spirit hard-wired in. Turn tidying into a test against one of their siblings or a friend who’s been over for a playdate, and watch them get hard at it.

Play some music

Stick on your child’s favourite dance track and turn tidying into a dance and singathon.

Read while they clean

Turn tidying time into story time and read from your child’s favourite book while he or she clears up the bedroom. If they stop, you stop. Tip: Make it a good chapter so they’ll want you to keep reading on.

Start a giveaway bag

Make a new rule. Any toys left on the floor after a certain time go into your giveaway bag and these are given to the local hospital/charity shop. Make sure you follow through with this at least once and the toys will magically never appear on the floor again.


Is your child dying to watch that new DVD? Or aching to go out to play? Tell them they have to tidy first and the job will get done quicker than a flash.


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Drop the S word

Santa is a big gun to pull out of the bag but sometimes mentioning that he’s looking on and checking who’s been good and bad is necessary when it’s room cleaning time.

Invoke the Tooth Fairy

Got a child who’s lost a tooth who has an untidy bedroom? A speedily scrawled letter from the Tooth Fairy explaining how she really wanted to take their tooth but couldn’t make it to the pillow because the room was too messy is a sure-fire way to get cleaning up done.

Turn cleaning time into bubble time

When cleaning time is fun, it makes it much easier to do. Try wiping your child’s bedroom surfaces with a mild solution of Fairy Liquid and water. Blowing the bubbles off the top of the water will make everybody smile. Find out how mums rate Fairy Liquid in their reviews.

More ways to trick your kids into tidying up

4 tips to make cleaning less of a chore
Children might be little people but the concept of cleaning up is still a new thing to younger ones. Here’s how you can make it easier for them to understand what you want them to do and get it done.
1. Give them easy storage. Can they reach it? Is there enough space? Make it easy and the cleaning will get done.
2. Give them less to clean up. Is there too much clutter for them to deal with? Have a clear out and sell stuff on eBay or give it away.
3. Give them specific tasks each day. Children can sometimes not understand exactly what you mean by ‘cleaning up’. Make it clearer by giving specific tasks eg one day ask them to put their books on the shelf. Another to put their soft toys away.
4. Do it in teams. Lots of children don’t’ like doing things on their own. When it comes to cleaning, a sibling team together will be far more effective than a single child.

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