As a parent, there are a million things you need to do every day. You have to get the kids to school, make sure the house is tidy, and even remember to take out the garbage. It can be hard to remember to keep up with the bathroom, though. Keeping it organized is a challenge for most parents, but especially so when you have young kids!
To make your life easier, it is a good idea to get your kids involved in the household chores, and this includes cleaning and organizing the bathroom! Taking on age-appropriate chores and learning these types of skills at a young age is awesome and will serve them well as they get older.
And getting your kids to help out in keeping the bathroom organized and clean doesn’t have to be a drag! And of course, if it makes your life a little less chaotic and stressful, then why not?! Here are a few tips to get your kids involved in helping to keep their bathroom organized, clean, and clutter-free.
1. Start Simple
Depending on their age, you can get your kids to clean up by starting them off by doing simple tasks such as hanging up their towels, putting their toothbrush and toothpaste in their toothbrush holder, or even just making sure that their clothes are in the wash basket.
2. Divide The Tasks
If you have more than one child, then dividing the cleaning, tidying, and organizing tasks between them is a good way to go. This is especially helpful if you have young kids who are still learning what their responsibilities around the house are.
Don’t be shy to include yourself in how the tasks are divided so that they can see that you are also included in cleaning up – you do, of course, know that sometimes our families think that the house magically cleans itself, right? By including yourself in the tidying and cleaning up tasks, you make your kids aware of everything that needs to be done around the house to keep it clean and tidy. Plus, it’s fun to give mom or dad a hard time when they don’t stick to the cleaning schedule!
Another good way to introduce your kids to the idea of cleaning up and organizing their bathroom is to make them responsible for their own things. For example, you could color code their towels, toothbrushes, laundry baskets, etc. By doing this, it will be easy to see who is sticking to the game plan and who isn’t. A little sibling rivalry, anyone?
3. Create a Schedule / Checklist
Create a bathroom schedule that includes everyone in the family. A checklist is also incredibly helpful as it gives everyone a set goal to work towards and tells everyone what they should be doing on any given day. And once a task is complete, it can be ticked off on the chart.
We’ve put together a printable Bathroom Cleaning Schedule and Checklist for Kids to help you get started. It is available for download in PDF format and it is FREE!
4. Show Them How
If you want to get kids to clean up well then always remember to show them exactly what you expect from them. Show them the right way to do something and then let them give it a try while you are with them. They probably won’t get things right straight away so you will most likely need to be patient.
Sometimes a reward or two will go a long way towards incentivizing your kids to clean up without grumbling and moaning! Figure out what they love doing and then offer some of these activities as rewards for keeping their bathroom in order. Here are a couple of reward ideas for kids:
- An extra hour of screen time at the end of the week.
- Extra playtime outside.
- A visit to the park.
- Buy an ice cream.
- A day off from doing chores.
- Rent a movie or go out to watch a movie.
- Bake together.
- Blow bubbles.
- Choose music for the car.
- Go to the museum.
- Play a favorite game.
- Stay up late
- Have a sleepover.
- Camp outside.
- Go for a day trip
- Be the boss for the day-choose meals, music, TV shows, etc.
- Create a reward wheel that includes everyone’s favorite activities.
- Create a reward jar with some of your kid’s favorite things.
- Buy a new book.
- Kids choose dinner.
Along with some awesome rewards, always remember to give lots and lots of praise. And please don’t be critical when things aren’t done exactly how you would want them! You really don’t want your kids to associate cleaning up their bathroom with a miserable, grumpy parent who isn’t happy with anything they do no matter how hard they try. As long as your kids have done their best, then that is what counts!
And remember to always let your kids know just how important their contribution is and just how much they are helping you. Kids absolutely love to feel like they are helping and contributing and that their help is valued and important!
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7. Keep it Short and Sweet
Don’t let the thought of cleaning up fill your kids with dread! Try to get into a routine where each chore is done quickly and easily so that it doesn’t become boring or tedious. A bathroom cleaning chart will help with this. Also, remember to keep your bathroom clutter-free (our checklist will help). The less stuff you have in the bathroom, the less stuff there will be to clean up and organize!
8. Make it a Game!
Need to get your kids to clean up and organize after bath time every day? Get a timer and make it a game! Set the timer for 5 minutes and let the kids clean up their toys, clothes, and towels as quickly as possible. The first one to finish wins!
9. Give Kids a Choice!
You really don’t want your kids to feel like they are being punished when they are cleaning up! So if there is a particular chore that your kids enjoy, then give them the option to do this particular chore more regularly rather than the ones they dislike.
10. Be Consistent
A consistent cleaning and tidying routine and schedule means less work in the long run for everyone! So remember to be consistent with your kids’ bathroom chores and their rewards! And of course, as an added bonus, this will teach your kids the value of being consistent and responsible early on in their lives.
At What Age Should Kids Clean The Bathroom?
Kids can start helping to clean up the bathroom at pretty much any age. Start with really easy and simple chores like putting clothes into the washing basket, picking up towels, or even something as simple as restocking the toilet paper! These types of chores can be done by kids from a very young age. As kids get older, they can help with things like cleaning the sink and mirrors, scrubbing the bathtub and showers, and even cleaning the toilet seat and bowl.
By getting kids involved in cleaning up their bathroom, it not only makes your life a little bit easier, but you are teaching them some really important life skills as well. We hope you have found our tips on how to get kids to clean up their bathroom helpful! And hopefully, you have some ideas on where to get started. Happy bathroom cleaning!