Preschoolers aren’t always known for picking up after themselves. That can result in a very messy bedroom. Instead of constantly picking up after your preschooler, teach her some basic skills to keep her room organized and neat.
Limit the Contents
One of the easiest ways to keep your preschooler’s room from becoming a pig sty is to limit what she has in her room. If she has tons of little toys and other items in the room, she has more things to make a mess with. If possible, move most of the toys to an organized play room. Or put only a few of her toys out at a time. Store the other toys in tubs. Rotate the toys regularly.
Provide Organizational Tools
Your preschooler also gets help when you use organizational tools in her room. Use tubs to organize her toys. Have a special shelf for her books. Use a basket to store her shoes. Having a specific place for each item helps keep everything organized. You can easily teach her what goes in each spot so she can do it herself. Don’t forget to put picture labels on the tubs so she remembers what goes inside.
Clean With Your Preschooler
If you just tell your preschooler to clean her room, she probably won’t know what to do. When you first teach her how to keep her room organized, clean with her a few times. Show her exactly how to do things. Once she gets the hang of it, give her verbal cues. You might tell her to put all of her dress-up clothes in the bin, for example. When she’s done with that task, tell her to pick up the dirty clothes and take them to the hamper.
Make a Chart
Your preschooler might need some reminders of what it means to keep her room clean. Make a picture chart that shows the things she needs to do in order to keep her room organized. That might include taking dirty clothes to the hamper, putting toys away, making the bed and putting shoes in the closet, for example. Decide exactly what you want your preschooler to do and include it on the chart.
Make Her Proud
A preschooler might take better care of her room if she feels like it is her own space. Preschoolers are starting to voice their opinions and have strong preferences. Let her make some choices when it comes to decorating and organizing her bedroom. This gives her a sense of pride. When she keeps her space clean, give her praise so she wants to continue keeping it neat and organized.