If there’s one thing our kids are awesome at, it’s turning our neat and clean house into a disaster area in mere minutes. They haven’t quite mastered the technique of playing with toys and then putting them away before moving on to the next thing. And it drives me crazy! What’s really hard though, is when I want them to clean up the disaster and nobody wants to do it. (With all the snow days we’ve had recently, the messes have been piling up!)
I got tired of nagging and listening to whining, so I came up with a really simple way to get my kids to clean up! I just ask them to each put away ten things. To my kids, putting away ten things is WAY more manageable than cleaning up the whole house. And if we all put away ten things each, we can make a sizable dent in the mess very quickly. Then, we do it again. Sometimes I’ll have them switch rooms or look for specific toys to put away (ten cars, ten books, etc).
It works REALLY well for our kids and my sanity! What about you? Do you have any secret tricks to get your kids to clean up without whining? I’d love to hear them!