Should You Clean Your Child’s Room?
When Roozle stopped napping at home, she started having quiet time in her room. She plays for about an hour by herself to give us all a little break. When it’s over, this is usually what her room looks like. It’s a disaster.
Everything in Roozle’s room has a place. It’s organized and labeled. Except when she dumps it all out.
There are plenty of times when Roozle does her work then puts it away, like she does at school all day. And plenty of times she needs a little reminding to do so. And plenty of times that I just need to clean her room. And I do. I know where everything goes. It’s quick. It’s easy. And when Roozle’s room is clean, she actually will play in it (which is how we got to this disaster in the first place). If I leave her room messy, she starts bringing her work out into the living room. Spreading the love.
I’m not going to stand over her and encourage/bribe/force her to clean up. I actually like cleaning her room. So instead, when I clean it, I ask her to help me. I do most of the picking up and she does a little bit of it and we chat and sing and dance our way through it.
It would be easier for me to just do it myself completely, but not nearly as fun. Roozle has the love for organizing that I do so we often enjoy big cleaning projects together. Cleaning out the fridge is one of our favorites.
When we finished cleaning, Roozle celebrated with a sock puppet show. And some trains. She’s getting a head start on the next mess.
So what do you think? Should you clean your child’s room? Did your parent(s) clean your room for you?