Trick your kids into tidying up

Trick your kids into tidying up

You don’t have to be Mary Poppins to make household chores a little more fun. Try these five tricks to get your home ship-shape.

Musical tidying up
Play their favourite music for a set amount of time – whoever’s done the most tidying when it ends gets a reward.

Artistic licence
Buy clear plastic bins for toy storage and let your kids decorate them, ideally with a picture that represents what goes in each box, eg, a teddy for cuddly toys. The kids will be happy to use something they have ‘made’ and their friends can easily help too.

Job jar
List tasks on a piece of paper, eg vacuuming the living room, emptying the rubbish, putting away clean clothes. Your child takes as many or as few as he wants. When the job’s done you sign the slip. At the end of the week or month, you pay a set amount for each task completed.

Target practice
Put the toy box in the middle of the room and see who can score the most direct hits. (Non-breakable only!) Great fun and good for hand-eye co-ordination.


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Beat the clock
Set a timer and see how many toys go in the box before the time is up. Can they do it faster and faster each time?

Savvy tip
Time it right. Five minutes before ‘The Simpsons’, for example. The thought of missing their favourite show is too awful so tidying is swift and sweet.

Pass it on – sell your mess
Encourage the kids to chuck out things they no longer use with a cash incentive. Check out our Expert view: Beginner’s guide to eBay.

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The job jar is a fantastic tip. Never taught of such a simple but great way to get kids to help. They would feel in control as they choose how much to do,if any, and then they get rewarded. Will most definitely be running that from now on. Tks.

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�������� good tips to keep the place tidy My daughters encourage my son to tidy up and when their at school he does it and comes to tell me and shows what he's achieved ��

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My daughter who is 13 sells her things on ebay and has made a profit she loves it

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Great ideas for the kids. I love the target practice one. Lets hope they don't start throwing the cups in

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