Ways To Encourage Kids To Clean Up After Themselves

4 Ways To Encourage Kids To Clean Up After Themselves

4 Ways to Encourage Your Children to Help with the Household Chores


Here is a few suggestions and alternative ways that may be helpful while you are in the process of establishing certain cleaning habits and expectations for your children.

  1. Encourage your child by giving them a reward after they had finished with the cleaning up after themselves or helping with the daily chores. It may sounds weird but this is an effective alternative way to get your child to help clean up so that you can get them to clean up on a regular basis. The reward may be a little dessert(small piece), money, or they can earn time to play video games. You want your children to realize that there is a prize to motivate them to clean up after themselves and help out with the household chores.
  2. Another way to get the kids involved, create a family schedule for assigning each family member specific chores to do and strictly follow the chart. This will ensure that each child will be responsible for getting the household chores down and it will get each child in the family to play an active part in completing the household chores. You could create a program so that everyone is responsible for their own cleaning habits. You should also highlight the fact that if the child does not perform the cleaning duties, someone else has to finish their chores and won’t be happy to do the additional chores. Teaching them responsibility now  will help them become more responsible, even if they are included on a team with certain duties. Payment for doing the chores is also a possible alternative but it is optional. Children shouldn’t be expected to earn an allowance for helping contribute to the household chores; however, creating small rewards are a great way to encourage the children. Try giving them other rewards like earning time to use towards video games, extra time to hang out with their friends, or even work towards earning a special trip.
  3. Teach children how to follow the example of a older family member, nanny, or a professional cleaning company member. Get your children involved, have them learn how to properly complete do a specific chores by watching someone else do it correctly.  Then have your child attempt to do the chore by following the same steps that someone else used. This is an appropriate situation form which you can benefit because you are showing them your perfect cleaning skills and habits. At the beginning the child may be little suspicious and even reluctant to start this activity; however, if you catch their attention they will gradually change their mind and they will really take part into the cleaning process.
  4. You can use discipline if you want to educate your children and help them establish certain habits. Whether you find yourself more tolerant or strict, it is essential for the children to understand that these duties must become part of their daily routine. They shouldn’t be spoiled or taught that they should receive everything without making any efforts. Only then they will realize that taking the responsibility is a major part of their lives. And why not starting with doing the chores?

These are some of the ways in which you could encourage children to help with cleaning duties in your home. It is not preferable to be too rigid because that could also lead to discouragement.  It is important that you insist on establishing good cleaning habits while they are young because this will certainly be beneficial when they move out into their own dorm, apartment, or in with a roommate. Maintaining these habits is more than important for preserving a good and proper hygiene in your home, which is vital for the health of the family.

Do you encourage your children to help with the household chores?


5 responses to “4 Ways To Encourage Kids To Clean Up After Themselves”

  1. Mrs. AOK Avatar

    These are great tips! My problem is follow through, I’ll admit it. I’ll start a system, a new chart, or even rewards and then life happens and we stray. I’m kind of bad at just doing things… you know that whole if-you-want-things-done-right-you-better-do-it-yourself-attitude… I have that. I need to stop. I have been making it more of a point to let things go and let the kids handle *their* own responsibilites.
    I know I cannot always bail them out.

    1. Christy Avatar

      The follow through is the hardest part. In fact, I used to do the same thing and I had to take a step back to let them learn. Even though it isn’t perfect every time, it is teaching them valuable skills. My mom used to be the superhero when I was growing up and didn’t teach us these life skills. I always had trouble staying on top of things and didn’t want that to happen with my own children. I started them at a very young age and they are capable of doing 99% of the chores now.

  2. Gina Valley Avatar

    This is an unending struggle at our house. Everyone feels that their chore is the worst, no matter what it is. Currently, each kid is assigned a room or area to keep tidy/clean for the week. It’s not a perfect system, but it’s the best we’ve found so far. I wish we could afford a maid. And, a cook. And, a chauffeur. ;o)

    1. Christy Avatar

      I agree a maid, cook, chauffeur, and nanny would be a nice addition to the family. I am glad that you guys figured out something that works for you and your family.

  3. Ave Avatar

    I’m glad I found this article. I’m trying to teach my toddler to clean up after herself, but it’s really difficult. I have avoided the reward option, but maybe I should give it a try.