Now that my little ones are now 7 and 5 (where does that time go?), I’m really trying to encourage them to take more responsibility for cleaning up after themselves. After all, they are both in school now, and they have to clean up after themselves there. I’m not 100% successful yet, but they are getting better everyday.
The most obvious place for me to start in encouraging them to clean is in the kitchen. After they eat, I have them clear their own plates and throw out their own trash. My daughter is getting good at doing this on her own, while my son still needs encouragement. I’ve also started asking them to clean our glass kitchen table with glass cleaner, and they just love it. They’ll take turns spraying and cleaning, and while it never looks perfect, it’s certainly good enough.
I’ve also been encouraging them to clean up their messes in our TV room, which is typically their playroom. I keep a portable vacuum nearby so they can clean up the crumbs, torn paper, and other messes they leave, and I also make them throw out their own trash (which they would be perfectly happy stepping over and letting me pick up).
Next up is getting them to clean their own rooms and to wipe up the sink after brushing their teeth. My daughter is a bit of a pack rat, so getting her to clean her room will require loads of encouragement!
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