How to get kids to help clean up

Amanda - posted on 02/07/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have twin daughters who will be 5 on march 23. We have raised them to be helpers and keep the house clean but over the past few months it has gone down hill. They refuse to help clean up there toys, they take their dirty clothes off anywhere and just throw them on the floor. I'am on my last nerv with them. I have tried everything, im now taking the toys and clothes away that they just leave laying around but they dont seem to care. They just come to me and say that their hands are tired. does anyone have any suggestions or advice on what they do to get there children to help clean up? PLEASE HELP

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Miranda - posted on 03/07/2012

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With Charlotte the biggest thing that has worked is whenever she asks for TV, computer, or even ask me to play with her, the answer is no until everything is cleaned up. This has helped keep things clean more during the day, so it is not so overwhelming at nighttime. Also, she has to clean everything right after dinner and once she is done I will play whatever board games she wants until bed time. If she happens to not be done when it is time to get ready for bed, she loses everything she left out. It gets put in a basket that sits out where she can see it. She earns one thing back each time she puts something away without being asked. I've only had to do this twice in the past year.

Taylor - posted on 02/29/2012

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i feel like cleaning up is so important for kids... it's one of the ways to show them responsibility. i also feel like routine helps this alot. every night before my daughter goes to bed i make her clean her room. i tell her "if your room is not clean the buggies will crawl in bed with you!" that seems to help with little girls lol. i also think not overwhelming that is also helpful.. when my daughter has destroyed her room.. i dont say clean this all up. i giver her certain tasks at a time. i say "i know this looks like a big mess but just pick up the barbies" once she is done doing that. i litterally give her a few pennys to put in her piggy bank.. then i say "ok now pick up all barbies clothes" and again she gets a few pennys to put in her bank.. and so on till the room is clean. another suggestion i have for you is keeping their room completely organized.. everything has a place. i have 3 bins for barbies.. 1 for babies 1 for barbie furniture and 1 for clothes and shoes... i have hamper for teddys and a coloring draw for coloring books and crayons.. and so on.. this is also helpful for not overwhelming her... i hope this helps.. goodluck!

Kristina - posted on 02/21/2012

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i hear ya there my son turns 5 on the 25th and does the same thing. no matter what i have done he still leaves his clothes everywhere and toys everywhere. i think its a stage we're gonna have to work though. so frustrating. makes me want to pull my hair out. my husband does the same and hes 26 lol but his mom did everything and he never had responsibility of picking up after himself.

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