If you’re a parent with kids over age five, you’ve undoubtedly uttered the words “clean your room”. It’s also likely that the cleanliness level of the child’s bedroom has resulted in arguments or even punishment. If you don’t have children, it’s likely that you can reflect on moments in your childhood when bedroom cleaning became a source of tension and conflict.
Children, like adults, can be overwhelmed with cleaning tasks. They often work better with to-do lists that break chores, like room cleaning, into smaller, manageable tasks. It’s a good rule of thumb to have one task for each year of the child’s age. The younger the child, the more parental help will be needed to clean the entire room. For instance, a three-year-old would have three, simple tasks on his room cleaning to-do list. The parent would complete everything else needed to get the room in shape. A six-year-old child would have six, room-cleaning tasks and moderate parental help. An eleven-year-old child would have eleven tasks and little parental help.
When we do bedroom cleaning checklists for the kids in our house, we tape the list on the bedroom door at the child’s level. I help out with reading and cleaning for the youngest of my kids. They really enjoy checking off each completed task.
Here are some sample children’s bedroom cleaning lists for you to download. You can print the lists and use them as is, or you can edit them to better suit your family’s needs.
Cleaning Checklist for 3-Year-Olds
Cleaning Checklist for 6-Year-Olds
Cleaning Checklist for 11-Year-Olds
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