News flash for Atlanta parents--there is a way to get your child to clean their room!
Your child can clean their room in 10 easy steps.
1. Explain to your child what you mean by a clean room.
Clean out from under the bed.
Clean off the tops of furniture including chairs.
Pick up anything on the floor that does not belong there.
Don't forget to tell your child that throwing everything in the closet is not appropriate and throwing clean cloths in the dirty laundry is also not appropriate.
2. Make sure that the task is broken down into small steps so your child can be successful. If the room has not been cleaned in weeks it is probably not possible for them to clean it in a day.
After the initial cleaning is completed set up a workable schedule for a daily room touch up to avoid such a big job in the future.
3. If your child will be able to clean the room in one day agree on a possible time for completion.
If the room is too far gone for a day's work then what portion of the room will be cleaned today, the next day, etc.. Set a time table for the room to be worked on until it is complete.
4. Put the plan into action. Remove all items form under bed and other furniture. Throw out the trash and put all other items away.
5. Remove all items that don't belong on the top of dressers, end tables, chairs, etc. and put each item away.
6. Dust or polish all furniture
7. Vacuum or sweep floors
8. Straighten out the closet
9. Straighten crooked pictures on the wall
10. Put all decorative items in appropriate place
Step back and take a look at your nice clean room. Parents should use positive reinforcement. Instead of telling your child you can not go to the movies unless the room is cleaned tell them that they will be able to go to the movies if they get their room cleaned on schedule.
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