If you have children, you know how hard it is to keep their rooms clean, especially if they are younger children. When my older children were smaller, I couldn't believe how quickly they would mess up their rooms. I implemented some key things that help to teach my children to keep their room clean and recently, I had to remind myself of these things when our younger two children were falling into bad habits that were causing them to have a messy room.
How to Teach Your Children to Keep Their Room Clean
All parents would love their children to learn how to keep their room clean, but it may be hard to know where to start, especially if you think your children are too young. Young children can easily learn how to pick up their toys on their own, with early training.
In my own parenting, it is often when you have taught a habit that you relax and allow some slack and all the work has been unraveled. I know from experience, with all four of our children.
However, I know how easy it is to teach your children to keep their room clean with just some focused attention to five key things that will make it worth the effort to implement with your own children.
Each of the tips that I'm going to share with you are the exact things that we have used and recently implemented with our younger boys to get their own room disasters under control, so they can successful learn the important things necessary to keeping their room cleaned on their own.
5 Tips to Teaching Children to Keep Their Room Clean
Tip 1: Everything In Its Place
It is imperative that you start the teaching by giving everything in their room a place that it belongs. I love using cubeicals and fabric drawers to organize their toys in their room. I keep like things together, in one drawer. I color coordinate for children, so they know whose drawer is whose.
Once everything in its place, a child will be able to understand where something belongs and can be one step closer to keeping their room clean. Half the battle for a child is not understanding where things should go and how to keep them organized without having it demonstrated for them.
This type of organizing in their room helps them to play creatively for longer period of time and helps implement the next tip easier.
Tip 2: Put Things Back When You Are Done With It
By having their toys organized, they can have all their Legos out at one time and enjoy hours of play, but they know that they can't go outside without taking care of the Legos first.
I do allow them to take more than one drawer out at a time, like their army men with Lincoln Logs because they obviously can be played together. It helps them enjoy the play together but will also be easy to separate in their correct drawers.
Tip 3: Start a Morning Routine
“As your morning goes, so does the rest of your day.”
We all know this quote, and it works with teaching your children to keep their room clean. We have a set routine for the morning, which includes: making their bed as early as two with my help and by four or five, they can be doing this all on their own, take care of dirty clothes when they get dress and to open their curtains and blinds.
This starts the day with a clean room and will help them continue this focus through the day.
Tip 4: Implement a Clean Up Time Before Dinner
It is easy for us to call our children to dinner and they come to the table, while their toys lay on their floor. If you evening is anything like ours, they may not go back into their room until bedtime and then we aren't wanting to take that time to clean up because we are ready for them to be in bed.
This is a gold nugget tip that will revolutionize your child keeping their room clean.
I give them a 30 minutes time prior to dinner to start to clean up their room and then they can help set the table for dinner. If we miss this we really regret it and then it makes the last tip important.
Tip 5: Tidy Up Once a Week Together
Once a week, go into your children's room with them and do a five minute tidy up. There easily can be several things that haven't made it to its assigned place throughout the week, or made its way under the bed or in the closet.
Have your child dust their room and vacuum, while you do an inspection and help put the odds and ends in their right place. Always make mention that you found things that didn't belong where you found them. Point out things that when you put them in their right place to re-enforce their rightful place and to keep your children accountable.
The following week during tidy up time, if you find the same things out of their rightful place, hand them to the children and have them put them where they belong.
It won't take long before this tip won't be needed if you are consistent with implementing them.
If you are still struggling with these and you have been consistent, I would highly suggest getting rid of some of their things. You can either put them away for a while or donate them.
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If you are anything like me, taking care of yourself isn't high on your radar. How can it be, really? Our family has needs and needs we must provide. However, I want to make you stop and ask yourself this very important question… “How do you take care of YOU?”
How Do You Take Care of You?
There is so much to pull you in all directions, providing for your husband and children, being their for your family, neighbors, church and friends and keeping up with the housework and feeding the troops. There are just so many hours in a day and never seem to have enough to get it all done, and enough time to really do what you feel you need to really be taken care of the way you need it.
I want to challenge you by telling you that is really just a mindset that needs to be broken!
I have just recently realized how much I was holding on to a myth of moms, especially homeschooling moms, not having enough time to take care of themselves and meeting their own needs. Although I'm just realizing this, I'm fighting the lie daily and working to make new habits that will ensure that I'm taking care of myself to be there for my family with my focus, energy and attention that they really need from me… a healthy me.
Find Time to Exercise
I have struggled with health issues for years and recently my health has gotten so much better, but I'm left with a lot of extra weight gain from the side effects of my health issues and needing to make myself a priority to get fit and exercise for the health benefits itself.
I have just finished 8 full weeks of exercising every day, for a minimum of 30 minutes. I start with a commitment to myself to do 100 days straight, with no excuses. I have been faithful with it, even when I had a low grade fever and full days. It amazes me how even if I don't feel well before exercising that I will start to feel better afterwards.
Only twenty-five days into this challenge of exercising everyday for 100 days straight, I realized that I was going to make it a full year because of the results that I was experiencing. You can follow my journey on Instagram with #changedin365.
Find Time to Recharge
Knowing what makes you feel whole is important and will quickly turn anyone who struggles with being joyful in their daily routines to someone who can smile at the mundane.
Over the last 10 years, I have learned a few things that make me feel whole, more taken care of and stronger for those that I care most about. Here are things that I have found works for me and helps me recharge in the midst of our crazy days:
- Time with my family and friends
- Time on my front porch
- Essential oils to recharge me
Find Time for My Interest
We are all created to be individuals with interests. Moms are always putting these interest aside while we raise our children, and this alone can be a source of losing time to take care of ourselves. I really find that I feel taken care of if I can take 15 minutes or more doing something that interests me and brings joy to my life.
Some of my current interests are:
- playing the piano
- DIY shows
- DIY projects around my house
I encourage you to take some time to contemplate what you do that makes you feel empowered and work it into your life. It is so important to take care of yourself and making a part of your day a priority to yourself.
You may also like my post 7 Ways a Mom Can Refresh in the Chaos, since some Moms really can't take too much time for themselves in their season of life with little ones, but it is still important to try!
At one point or another, every household struggles with balancing a budget when finances are scarce. Pinching corners may seem impossible, since you have already done this so many times and still struggle to make ends meet. I hope to share some tips and encouragement that will empower you to shine during this hard time.
When Finances are Scarce
Most homes have felt the strains that finances can bring, especially to a marriage. Pinching pennies, going without and even cutoff notices are depressing and overwhelming when you are doing all you can do to make your resources be enough for your needs.
We have been there several times in our own home and I have learned a lot during those difficult times. A few of these learning moments, were more about my own spending habits, beliefs that my ‘needs' were actually want's and that convenience wasn't necessary.
Learning these habits were not something that I wanted at the time and really took time for me to see, but looking back, I'm happy that our journey included some rough patches financially because it really taught us how to prioritize and work together as a couple on budgeting (although at times, we still don't see eye to eye… that is the real that I promised!) and our financial goals for our family.
I want to share some tips that I have implemented to help during the times when finances are scarce or when we are working toward a goal of paying down debt or saving for a high ticketed item, so you are empowered with the resources you have available to you.
Women need a break in the kitchen.
Let's face it, going out to eat is all about getting mom out of the kitchen or for the convenience of not having to go home and wait for a meal to be ready. However, when our family goes out to eat, it is easy to spend $75 for our family of 6 (and we only drink water!).
Of course, we live in the country, so having a delivery isn't possible. This makes the idea of pizza not so attractive because it requires someone to go get it and these days, it is still $25 or more to feed our family the pizza we prefer from a restaurant.
Our budget friendly solution to this real need is to buy frozen pizza and have the kids make cook it. Our taste are so different with frozen pizza, so my husband and I get one that we like and our children choose two they like. Now, I can have a break and we can eat for about $18 or less for a convenient meal.
A few other convenient meals that we take advantage of to replace eating out are:
- bagel and eggs for breakfast
- toasted cheese with canned soup
- hot dogs and mac & cheese
Family dates are important and necessary but hard on the budget.
We love to go to local parks that are free and play ball, walk, ride bikes or play at the park.
We also love renting a movie from a Redbox and calling it family movie night. We splurge on a dessert and hunker down in the family room, which beats the price at the theaters and the comfort as well. Oh, and don't get me started on being able to control the remote for scenes that we prefer not to watch or for bathroom breaks.
We love to do memberships to some of the places the children love because for the most part, they pay for themselves after two visits. Talk about a budget saving idea! We do this for birthday gifts, Mother or Father Day gifts, since gifts are already expected and they can be enjoyed for the whole year.
Save money on the wants that feel like ‘needs'.
Today electronics are everywhere and they really take a toll on our finances. If you go without them, you can really feel like you are missing out and depending on your family, you could be.
If everyone in your house has a cell phone, shut off the house phone can save you a lot of money each month.
If you have unlimited data, you may want to watch your favorite shows on the internet or through your Prime membership from Amazon (they even have movies included) or another provider and cancel your television service.
Save money on groceries can seem daunting.
This is where many people feel overwhelmed because you need to feed your family. In times when we were having financial problems, I would use beans and rice as fillers in our foods, like soups, salads or tacos. They were cheap and healthy, plus the perfect addition to making many of my recipes stretch further.
I saved a lot on meats doing the beans and rice as fillers and by adding the right seasonings, my family didn't mind it.
Coupons are obvious to everyone, right? Of course, some stores have great sales without the coupons. I always shopped the sales and then made my meals around the sales items, instead of going with a menu plan and buying what I needed. This has always been a great way to save money in the necessities of life.
Make home an amazing place to be so your family will be happy to spend time there.
The meaningful part of the times when finances were scarce was finding things that made us happy at home. Board games are the perfect way to fill an evening at home and save money on fuel and things that aren't necessary for your life at this time.
Making sure our children has things to fill their days with fun was important to us because we wanted them to feel happy even when spending most of their week at our home. We never put them in sports, but made sure they had sports equipment to do at home or at a nearby park with us. The memories we made doing this was priceless. The reward is that as our older children are in their early adult years, they love spending their free time with us.
Do you ever make your own homemade cleaners? Some homemade cleaners are a great way to save money but they don't all leave the kind of freshness that you would desire. Essential oil fragrances are perfect for homemade products. Rocky Mountain Oils can help you do that, one oil at a time, with a 90 day guarantee!
5 Essential Oil Fragrances Perfect for Homemade Products
Who doesn’t love a fresh smelling house?
The problem with many cleaners is although the may smell good, they are often times toxic as well.
If you are like me, you may want to reduce or limit your cleaning toxins that you use to clean your home, but you may not know where to start.
Essential oils can help you do that, while saving you money on cleaning supplies!
We all have different favorites, but consumers show again and again that the most popular ones are keepers. Depending on the quantity of the homemade product, you will only need a few drops. If you find that you would prefer to have more, it is better to add a drop at a time than to over do it.
- Lavender Oil
- Lemon Oil
- Peppermint Oil
- Pine Oil
- Orange Oil
Essential oils have a lot of uses, not just cleaning. You may be new to essential oils and not sure exactly how or what to use them for, so I would love to share this helpful graphic that will give you easy ways to add them to you home, one oil at a time, as you desire to explore them.
I love to use lemon oil in my home, even to just freshen the air. We also enjoy Lemongrass and orange in the air!
With just a simple tip here and there, you will find the confidence to add more of these beneficial oils in your home, and in your household cleaning. It really only take a few drops to get the job done, saving you money in many places.
So, if you are ready to add a little essential oil fragrance to your home, take a look at the Rocky Mountain Oils, one oil at a time. Have the peace of mind if for any reason you don’t like the oil or it doesn’t work for you, you can return it within 90 days. Oh, and there is FREE shipping on your products, so you can really save as you explore the health benefits and amazing fragrances of essential oils.
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Family time is always important to everyone. As important as it is, one on one time with our children are always the kind of thing that build lasting memories and often times will be the thing that children talk about often because they always make them feel special. We love to date our children, but sometimes, we can't always fit it in one on one, so we will try to do what we can, when we can.
20 Easy Date Ideas for Parents to Do With Their Children
- Go to the Park
- Build Something With Legos
- Make a Cake
- Watch a Movie
- Do a Puzzle
- Go for a Bike Ride
- Build a Model Toy
- Make Cards
- Do Something Silly
- Go to the Library
- Help a Neighbor
- Make a Movie
- Read a Book
- Go to a Museum
- Run Errands Together
- Play a Game
- Make a Tent
- Go for Ice Cream
- Make a Meal Together
- Create a Memory Book
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Buying groceries seem like a never ending cycle in our home, especially with 3 boys, two of them in their teens. I love when I can make my grocery list easier and budget friendly at the same time. This is where my must buy food staples always come into play when we do our meal planning.
10 Must Buy Food Staples
These are the items that always make my grocery list. ALWAYS. Of course, I prefer to buy them bulk because we use them all the time and it does help me save money, and keep our meals healthier.
- Broth – We use mostly chicken broth, but beef and vegetable are great options as well. You can do any kind that you prefer but at the moment, we are buying them in boxes. I use this to make my rice and homemade soups.
- Tomato Sauce – We go through so much of this that I think we should garden just tomatoes. I use tomato sauce in my soups, chili, rice and more.
- Diced Tomato – Although my husband once despised seeing diced tomatoes in anything warm, this is now something that we eat in almost everything. We love mexican food, so this is a great addition to many of our dishes.
- Frozen Vegetables – I do use some canned vegetables, but if I'm making a dish with seasoning in it, I will pull out the frozen vegetables because they are cheaper and healthier than the canned ones. We love to buy them in bulk for the extra savings.
- Pasta – Many times, I can make a soup and have some left over that when I add pasta to it I can feed my family one more meal from it, instead of just a few of us. My family loves the variation to some of our soups when they get to enjoy it the second time with different pastas, since I use what I have on hand.
- Rice – This is a great way to add some grains to your diet and if you love your rice cooker like I love mine, you have already realized that the first four items on this list can be thrown together with some rice (and beans or meat) and make a full meal in just 5 minutes in the morning and is ready for you at dinner. You can make just regular rice and add it to left over soup as well or make a casserole with leftovers as well.
- Eggs – Our family buys a lot of eggs. We use them in baking and for meals. I can't go to the store for groceries without buying them. Our children love just having hard boil eggs to eat for a snack!
- Beans – I try to have large batches of baked beans made and put in freezer bags for meal portions to save money, however there are times that canned beans are a necessary, so I try to keep them on hand for those days I forget to get them out of the freezer and thawed in time for a recipe.
- Oatmeal – Oatmeal is a staple for our family. My family loves it raw for breakfast (but not me), in bars and in desserts. We couldn't imagine not having this to grab!
- Potatoes – Potatoes are a great staple meal. They can be used in soups, as a side dish or just baked for a meal of its own. Left overs are perfect with eggs or in casseroles, so I always make more than just for the meal.
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