Spring cleaning a child’s room can be a fun adventure if it’s approached just right. If cleaning is seen as a fun and worthwhile necessity early on it will establish a lifelong pattern of cleanliness.
The place to start is in the closet. Spend time in the closet. Check out a book from the library about sharing and giving and sit in the floor of the closet reading the book together. Plant a seed inside your child about charity. Once you have read the book talk to your child and ask if they have any ideas about what they can do to help the poor and needy in the area. If they have difficulty or can’t come up with anything offer the suggestion that we give them the clothes that don’t fit you anymore.
While in the closet talk to your child about how much fun it would be to help someone who needs something that we have. Have your child talk about who they think will get their belonging s and what they will think about the belongings, how they will look in the clothes, how they will act when they receive the new clothes, and things of this nature. This should get your child sufficiently excited about the idea of giving. Once they are ready it’s time to begin.
In the closet have your child go through the clothing and pick out the clothes he doesn’t like. Next determine which clothes fit and which are too small. Have a goofy picture time with him as he tries on clothes to see if they fit. He can make really goofy faces when the clothes don’t fit. If the clothes don’t fit they can be in the giveaway pile. Follow the same method for the shoes that are in the closet.
The next stop is the dresser. Go through each drawer and determine what needs to be kept and what needs to be thrown away. Look for socks and underwear that have holes in them. Make it a game, who can find the most socks and underwear with holes in them. Once all the damaged goods have been removed it’s time to match socks and fold them. This can be made a race too. Once the socks and underwear have been matched and folded take the damaged socks and underwear to throw away. Have your son pick out two pieces to keep for a little while longer but don’t tell him why. The remainder needs to be thrown away as they will be no good to anyone in need of charity.
The next project is the toy box. This is a mission that is hard to complete if your child is home. Perhaps complete this task while he is at pre-school. Throw broken toys away. Toys that you haven’t seen him play with, in the last six months can also be discarded because he has clearly moved on to other things. Toys that are below his age range need to go also. Here is your chance to get rid of that toy that absolutely drives you crazy…… Puzzles and games that are missing pieces can be discarded as well as technology that isn’t used anymore, for example, a tape player, can be discarded before it becomes clutter.
The bed sheets, pillow cases, blankets, curtains, and any rugs in the bedroom should be washed. Your child can help do this. They will like to pour the detergent and watch the washer cycle begin. While the bed is stripped the mattress should be filled so that the mattress will last longer.
Have your child dive under the bed looking for treasure. By framing cleaning like this your son won’t feel like they are cleaning under their bed they will think they are digging for buried treasure.
Dusting is the next task on the list. There are many products that include a duster with it however you just uncovered homemade dust rags in the form of underwear with holes in it. Any dusting spray will work. Spray the rag and use it to dust over the surfaces in the room and clean off the dust and dirt. What fun this will be to your little boy to clean his room with his underwear, imagine the memory you will have built. Be sure to take plenty of pictures.
Once all of the clothes have been sorted, hung up or discarded, the linens washed, toys sorted and cleaned out, and the furniture dusted it is time to work on the floor of the bedroom.
Pick a powder carpet cleaner or a powder deodorizer. Allow your child to sprinkle it on the floor in the bedroom. Vacuum the powder up and then if he wants to have a turn vacuuming let him take over. If there is no carpet in the bedroom then follow a similar plan for mopping.
The truth is cleaning and housework is only as much fun as you make it. Start early showing that it can be fun and enjoyable and easy and there should be less fighting later in life when they have chores to do on their own.
Be creative and have fun.