Clean Up Your Room Day: The parent friendly random holiday


Clean Up Your Room Day came and went silently this past Wednesday, May 10th, but parents can still reap the benefits of this random, yet fun commemorative day

The day is celebrated by, yes you guessed it, cleaning up your room. But do we really need a reason to get cleaning? 

In many ways, by teaching your children good cleaning habits you also teach them good values, like being responsible, good hygiene, tackling challenges and accomplishing a goal. 

Here are some fun ways you can get your kids to 'celebrate' Clean Up Your Room Day:

1. Get the tunes pumping 

Music is an excellent motivator. Get the kids to select their favourite songs and pump up the volume – they could use earphones if you don't want them to make too much noise. 

2. Stash little treats 

Hide treats or money around the room in areas you'd like them to focus on – this could be a fun surprise when making up their beds, or clearing away piles of clothes. Do this every once in a while otherwise they'll come to except a reward for something they should be doing anyway!

3. Play pile-up

Task the children with collecting all toys, clothes and shoes scattered around their room, and have them place everything in one huge pile. Sort the pile by letting them choose which item they want to return to its place, or the laundry basket. 

4. Friendly competition

Turn tedious chores into fun games, for instance children could challenge each other to see who's the fastest. Stick up a check list and have them add their initials instead of ticks; whoever wins get's a prize. 

5. Play make believe 

Have them pretend they're a secret agent carrying out a very important mission, or a dust-buster destroying grime, whatever gets them excited and less focused on how much effort is required. 

6. Sock it to em'

Re-purpose old socks as hand dusters, have them put a sock on each hand and direct them to what needs dusting. Be sure they don't confuse all their socks for cleaning tools though! 

7. Make it a sprint, not a marathon 

Keeping cleaning sessions short but consistent is ideal so kids won't be put off by the size of the task. 

Remember to keep chores doable. Use age-appropriate charts like this one for an idea of what is suitable for your child.

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Is getting your kids to clean a constant struggle or a breeze? Somewhere in-between? Share your stories and tips by emailing and we may publish them. 

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