How is it that the children’s rooms are always a scene of chaos and clutter, and the public spaces remain tidy? It’s typically because cleaning the children’s bedrooms and playrooms seem like too big of a challenge for even the most courageous parents. Instead of closing a literal and proverbial door on this issue, here is a guide to modeling and maintaining a spring clean of the kid’s room that actually brings a long-term solution to this issue. Are you ready?
If the floors are clean, you are almost there
Your kid is spending most of their time on the floor, and so this is the area you want to spend most of your time. Bringing some toy boxes and storage units to the room will make clearing the floor a lot easier, and you can find some beautiful antique or modern options – whatever fits the space and the personality of your home.
It’s also a good idea to have a dedicated cordless vacuum cleaner for the room so you can glide your vacuum over the floors as soon as your little one trundles out of the room. If you are relying on one singular vacuum cleaner, it’s often a step too far to bring it inside the kid’s room – so keep one in there to minimize the effort factor. Whether you have hardwood floors or carpet, the dust and debris matter will build up fast in this room as kids have a way of bringing the outdoors inside with them.
Conduct a toy inventory
Your kid’s room is likely made up of stray toys that litter the floor, shelves, and bed. And while this is absolutely fine and normal, there may be some that can retire to storage or be rehomed. It probably goes without saying that this should be kept from your little one. Every toy has its season and some remain in the clutches a little longer, so watch how your kid engages with their toys and start to pinch the ones that are just gathering dust as they become forgotten. If you have an oversupply of toys, you can even hold on to the extras and regift them to your little one periodically so that they can recognize and enjoy the toy, rather than it being lost in the wider batch.
Scrub, wipe and disinfect
Nothing can bring a smile to our face as our children can, but that’s not to say that their face is clean or presentable. The same goes for their room, as this is the scene for play, exploration and everything else that takes place throughout the day. So, how do you clean the kid spaces? Once you have cleared the floors and contained the toys, wipe all surfaces and areas that they spend a lot of time.
You should also use disinfectant when cleaning the cot, change table or play mat, as you don’t want grime getting too comfortable and resurfacing in the form of bacteria to get your little one sick. Tackle this task when they are at daycare of having a nap, as you want to ensure that you don’t rush this clean or find your kid trying to helo with the task.
The more you practice this cleaning behavior, the easier the upkeep will be. There is also the benefit of your kid seeing what you are doing, and them trying to emulate this behavior or at least be more wary of the fact that their mess has to be cleaned at some point. Try and bring them on the journey and you might have a budding tidy toddler on your hands.