Ways to Make Home Organizing Fun for the Family
Home organizing has a bad reputation among young children and teens. Most of time, tasks related to managing clutter are perceived as punishment for disobeying rules. In other cases, it’s considered as parental power tripping – parents giving the kids the chores they don’t want to do themselves. And for adolescents testing their newfound autonomy, being made to tidy up personal spaces is a violation of privacy.
How then can parents motivate their kids and young adults to de-clutter?
If you’re a parent who feels alone in wanting to have an organized home, take heart. There are many ways you can motivate your children to join in on the task of creating a clean, well-put together, and presentable home. The key is to make home organizing a fun, family affair. When kids and teens see that they can actually enjoy themselves taking clutter out, they’d be asking to do so without your prompting! Who knows, you might even get your spouse to stop dragging their heels as well.
Below are some tips on how you can make home organizing fun for the family:
Make a game of getting rid of clutter and remember that games usually have prizes up for the winners. With a bit of creativity, this can actually become a time that is productive instead of the dreaded task of room cleaning for everyone.
De-cluttering need not be a chore – not if you can put some friendly competition, light-hearted banter and wholesome entertainment into it. Why not make a game out of getting rid of the stuff one no longer needs? For instance, challenge your kids to come up with 10 things they can give away to charity in under 2 minutes. Or start a game of charades, but instead of giving out prizes, give out the right to veto an item up for disposal.
Younger children can race on who would get the most toys in the right storage bin. For young children, this can be a fun tool for learning numbers and colors. Make it a game to find and put up all the red toys then all the green, etc. Take a relaxed approach to the teaching little ones to put up what they are playing with before getting out something else.
Make up a little song such as “Pick Up, Pick Up, everybody pick up. Pick Up, Pick Up, everybody helps. My grandchidren actually looked forward to out pick up times as we sang along. The nice part is that children don’t grade us for our singing ability, just our enthusiasm and praise for helping.
If the whole family is up to it, why not create a home version of “Amazing Race” and “Scavenger Hunt”? A challenge of “who can sell more in a garage sale?” can actually be fun, not to mention an excellent practicum in entrepreneurship. You will find that if participants get to keep some of the proceeds and do something they enjoy, enthusiasm rises accordingly.
De-clutter to some music. Who said that the atmosphere during a clean-up should be somber and sad?
If you want to keep everyone on their toes, play some funky music while you de-clutter. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn about each family member’s musical taste while you’re at it. And if your family is made up of real music nuts, you may even add in a round of “Name that Tune” for good measure! Listening to music can take the edge out of tiresome and repetitive tasks, and will keep your kids and teens from noticing the time!
One of the best ways to be successful with any family project is to enlist and encourage all members to participate. It may take some time for all to appreciate this new way of playing clear and clean. But after seeing mom do a waltz with the mop, almost anyone can be moved to tears of laughter and that is worth a lot. Enjoy your time with your family.