Cleaning Services for Your Messy Children’s Room
A child cleaning their room is not a sight that all parents see each day. That is why some ask Original Orkopina to clean their kids’ rooms, whether on an as-required basis or on a frequent schedule. Our process of cleaning a messy child’s room includes these steps.
- Dust their surfaces, including baseboards and window sills.
- Clean decorative and hanging items. (While we do not clean toys, we have tips on this hereunder).
- Dust and then wipe down furniture and fixtures.
- Clean the floors and your upholstered furniture with a vacuum.
- Make the bed with new linens (ask your cleaning team about making this a part of your cleaning plan).
Many think of Original Orkopina as their own cleaning team who visit after your kids or you have put the toys and clutter away. If you would like to tackle grime yourself, probably in between Original Orkopina cleans, then keep reading.
How to Clean a Children’s Room
If you are a child or teenager reading this, we appreciate your interest in learning the art of cleaning the room. Learning how to rightly clean your room will also save you time, besides leaving you with a space you are happy to be in. In addition, as you know, it is easier to concentrate on your homework when doing that in a clean room. Just follow the steps mentioned below, and you will have the space you need.
- Store Your Clothes: Do you have clothes scattered in your room? Hang up wearable clothes, and put the dirty clothes in the hamper or hallway, so that you can take those to your laundry when you finish cleaning.
- Make the Bed: If your sheets have not been washed in a week, take those to your laundry with your dirty clothes and get them cleaned thoroughly. Once you make the bed, you can use the bed to organize your stuff. For instance, you can put together all your school supplies or books on your bed so that you can store them all at once.
- Tackle the Clutter: Put your personal belongings where they belong. If you are unsure where something goes, then make a permanent place for it.
- Put your dirty toys into a neat pile to clean these later. Toys will not be cleaned if you continue to put these back where these go. Just follow the steps in “How to Clean Your Toys” to get fresh and shiny toys.
- Clean your desk, dresser and any other unclean surface. Mix some drops of dishwashing soap and warm water. Dip a clean piece of cloth in it, and clean all the surfaces. Else, you can use pre-moistened wipes. Do not forget to clean doorknobs, bookshelves, window sills, PC and other surfaces which accumulate dust. When you are done, dry all these with a towel.
- Clean any glass. Clean your bedroom windows and mirror with a glass cleaning solution and paper towels or a soft cloth. Coffee filters or newspapers also work great just as cloths for streak-free and clean mirrors and windows.
- Vacuum the furniture. Do you see crumbs on your bedspread or in your chair? Clean these with the brush-attached vacuum cleaner. Try doing this at least monthly once.
- Clean the floor. Clean it last because the floor can be dirty when you move everything around. First, ensure that you collect coins or any other small things which could accident be vacuumed. If there is carpet, then vacuum the whole floor, including below the bed. If there is hardwood flooring, vinyl flooring or something else, then sweep the whole room with your broom and dustpan. Then, clean the stubborn dirt with a mop.
Now that your room is clean, you can just lay back and relax. Clean up slightly every day if possible. This way, you will not have much work to do the next time you indulge yourselves in cleaning. You can put away clutter, wipe down your desk and dresser, and hang up your clothes every day.
Ways to Make Room Cleaning a Fun and Engaging Activity
Play Music: Cleaning is more fun to do with the right kind of music playing in the background. If you are cleaning with other people, then have a dance competition while at it. If you are cleaning by yourself, then work on your dance moves.
Have Breaks: It is fine to take breaks when you complete a big task. In the break time, play a video a game, do a few jumping jacks or have a snack. Do what you love, and go back to cleaning.
Mop with Socks: Spray a cleaning solution on vinyl or wood flooring, wear a pair of fluffy and clean socks and just start sliding on the floor. As you have fun sliding on it, your socks clean up any dirt. You may wish to put on old socks, instead of new ones because these will be dirty as a result of cleaning this way.
Hidden Gems: Have somebody hide some prizes, such as dollar bills or snacks, in your messy room. This way, you can discover prizes when you clean.
Hoops: Whether you are putting clothes in a hamper or throwing away trash, make a basketball game out of any item that is not easily breakable.
Parent Tip: Get Your Children Cleaning
Motivating your children to clean their room can sometimes be hard. However, if your kids have the right tools and incentives on offer, and if they know why cleaning is essential, then the whole process gets much easier. The ideas mentioned below may get your children to clean their room, regardless of their age.
(Kids, if you are reading this, treat your parents gently when they try the following tactics on you. It is always good to have a clean room, we promise)
- Tell them why house cleaning is significant. Explain to your kids that it is a family duty to clean the house. Tell them that taking responsibility for their own room is just part of enjoying the space, and that helping out means every family member is happier. If your kid is not old enough for this conversion, then you may have to emphasize the incentives of doing it.
- Offer incentives. This need not be a monetary incentive – you can also develop a point system, which allows children to redeem a privilege or prize with points. That can be anything your children value.
- Plan and mark progress. Make a chore chart so that children can tick off the tasks they have completed. Some kids, particularly younger ones, may like stickers. Do not forget to remind children of the cleaning tasks they have to do daily. They will eventually have good habits provided they are being guided regularly.
- Keep a cleaning bucket ready. Put all the required cleaning supplies, tools, and products in a new bucket, and then place it somewhere close to your child’s room. Cleaning is easier to start if one does not need to spend time collecting all the supplies required for this process.
- Make it all personal. Ask your kids for their ideas regarding the arrangement of furniture inside the room. In addition, help your kids redecorate and rearrange if they wish to, and deep-clean the areas where the furniture items were before. They will take more responsibility for spaces they feel are completely theirs for the taking.
- Offer to help. When kids feel jaded or not motivated, they may occasionally need some help. Tell them that you will help them for some minutes, and that they will get to help you by doing a part of the task you both planned to do.
Children’s Room Organization
Whether you are a parent or a child, follow these tips to organize the room effortlessly.
First, be sure this room has sufficient storage bins, shelving or contains to store toys, clothes, hobby materials and other things which contribute to residential clutter. Children of any age can find out where their stuff belong, provided that everything has a designated storage place and similar things are being stored together.
Older kids can color-code or label their storage spots in ways they understand best. For any kid who cannot read just yet, it is perhaps a better option to just color-code these. Here are some ideas for affordable room organizers.
Kids’ Room Organizers
Upcycled crates. See whether the grocery shop or thrift store in your area has inexpensive or free crates up for grabs. These can be put together and be labeled; else, you can stack and nail these together to create a funky shelving unit.
Plastic drawer units. You can buy these cheap pieces of furniture in various colors for simple, color-coded organization.
Vertical storage options. Shelves for decorative displays or toys, hooks for sweaters and coats as well as hanging shoe racks are all excellent options for making use of vertical space. Find out which one works best for your children’s room.
Under-bed storage. Have long tubs to store things under the bed. There is under-bed storage out there that comes equipped with small wheels.
How to Clean Plush Toys, Baby Toys and Other Such Items
It is important to clean toys at least monthly once. After all, kids drag toys across the floor and leave these outside. If they are infants or toddlers, then they even put these in their mouth. If there is one thing that is not fun, then it is a child getting sick from either a secondhand stuffed animal or a dirty bath toy. Original Orkopina does not provide toy cleaning services, but here, we have the tips you require to keep toys at home hygienic and clean as well as looking good.
- Clean hard or plush plastic toys in your washing machine: It only takes a whirl to make many plush toys to be good as new. That said, you should first check the product label for any special washing instructions. Nobody wants the wrong dryer or water temperature setting to render their favorite sock monkey unrecognizable. Put smaller or hard plastic toys in a pillowcase or mesh bag to keep these from clunking about. It is best to wash plush and plastic toys in different loads.
- Clean Plastic Toys In Your Dishwasher: If you wish to clean hard toys made of plastic or any other material, except for wood, then put these in the appliance and let the hot water and detergent do the disinfecting part for you. If you are washing only toys, then you can also add some vinegar into the machine for more cleaning power.
- Manually Clean Hard Toys: You can also wash these items in your sink with normal dish detergent and hot water. When soaking toys in it, we suggest adding two cups of apple cider vinegar or white vinegar per a gallon of water. Be sure to let your toys soak for around five minutes, then rinse and air dry.
- Use Vinegar to Clean Wooden Toys: This method will work great for hard toys made of wood. Make a mix of equal parts white vinegar and water and fill this into a spray bottle. Spritz the dirty items with this solution, and let those sit for around fifteen minutes. Wipe off any remaining solution to reduce the lingering smell of vinegar. Even if these toys smell of vinegar, you can do an extra spritz or rinse with just water, and then make these dry.
- Clean Electronic Devices with Rubbing Alcohol. Devices such as phones or tablets should not be wet when you clean these, but you have to sanitize them often. Remove cases or covers, and dust these off with an almost-dry microfiber cloth. Apply rubbing alcohol on an alcohol wipe, and gently wipe down to remove grime, dirt and germs from these devices. Let your devices dry before putting the covers and cases back on them.
- Clean outdoor toys regularly. Bugs, rodents, pets and birds sit on small playhouses, sandboxes, and other such toys. As a result, these toys may prove to be a haven for bacteria. So sanitize these often, with sanitizing wipes.
Age-Appropriate Household Chores for Children
Are you wondering which ones are suitable for your kids’ age? Consider the following options, and make a decision based on how kids respond. If they love cleaning, it is the way to go. However, seeing which chores give a sense of purpose to your kids, without overwhelming them, is usually a balancing act. First, make a list of tasks they can do and be super proud of, and then a schedule so that they can tick off chores. We have printable children’s task charts for that.
Tasks for Children, Aged Between 2 and 5 Years
- Put toys away
- Use a vacuum cleaner, which is designed to be held in hand, in small areas.
- Put clothes in a hamper
- Stack games and books
Chores for Children, Between 6 and 8 Years of Age
- Any of the above-mentioned chores
- Sweep floor
- Sort laundry
- Make the Bed (as well as they can at this age)
Chores for Kids, Aged 9 and Above
- Any of the aforementioned tasks
- Clean with a vacuum cleaner and mop
- Clean toys in the sink or dishwasher (without the use of harsh chemicals)
- Change sheets
- Hang clean clothes
- Clean glass and other surfaces
Professional House Cleaning that You Can Trust
With over thirty years of professional house cleaning experience, Original Orkopina knows that the most effective means to keep children’s rooms clean is to do it once every week. These are only some of the cleaning tips we have to offer to kids or parents.
Balancing cleaning tasks with other responsibilities, which come with homeownership and parenting, can sometimes be challenging. You can rely on Original Orkopina to deal with even your toughest house cleaning challenges, thereby freeing you off these duties so that you can spend more time with your family.