How To: Teaching Kids to Clean

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Nobody is born knowing how to clean, but most of us do it so automatically now that it is hard to remember that at some point in our lives, cleaning was skill that we had to acquire. We were reminded of that recently after reading 'Teach Your Kids to Clean Their Own Rooms' over on Curbly.

Writer badbadivy asked her daughter Megan to let her room go, in order to photograph the process, and the 'before' picture, above, looks like a lot of kids rooms we have seen! Some tips for teaching kids to clean (and the 'after' pic), below.

Some of badbadivy's suggestions include:

• Set kids rooms up so that they are easy to clean.
• Less is more. If they are struggling to keep their stuff in order, they might have too much stuff!
• Teach them to make their bed first. Not knowing where to start is paralyzing.

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Big difference between the 'before' and 'after' pics! Ivy has lots more advice, here, and it is definitely worth a read. What would you add to her suggestions? Any good tricks you used to teach your kids the importance of cleaning?