Doesn’t every parent wish they could just walk into the bathroom without discovering a mess of their children’s clothing? Of course, they do. It would also be very helpful if the kids could pick up after themselves without being reminded by their parents.
If you’re someone who constantly has to deal with this every morning or are a new parent who wishes to resolve this before it happens, this is just the guide you need. And the best part is that you don’t have to do any of the cleaning yourself as long as you do as follows:
Isolate the Problem
It’s an often regular issue that people set their homes up in a way that doesn’t work for them because they think it’s supposed to be that way. It’s only later on that they get a better understanding of things. So be sure to observe the situation around your house and ask the following questions:
- What time do my kids take a bath?
- How often and when do they leave clothes lying around on the bathroom floor?
- What kind of problems does this leave me with?
Only by knowing the primary concern can you come to the right solution. For instance, children who get their clean clothes wet on the floor will need to replace them with another outfit. Children need a place to put their filthy clothes in after taking a bath, instead of on the floor.
Encourage a Positive Attitude
If your kids observe you complaining about cleaning up your house such as mopping up the floors, even if you’re cleaning up their mess, they may be repelled from ever cleaning anything when they reach a responsible age.
So instead, you should focus on the positive parts of cleaning even when it comes to scrubbing the toilet. You can say something like “I love the way the house sparkles after we put in the time and effort to clean it,” or “work sure does go faster when we’re all working together.” In this manner, you’re exuding positive vibes that rub off on your children without making it come off as something repulsive or annoying.
Because bathrooms are smaller than the other rooms of the house, improving storage for them is different. You can add racks, shelving or hooks to help your kids separate their clean clothes from the dirty ones after showering. To prevent filthy clothes from cluttering up your bathroom floor, consider reserving some space in your vanity for a small hamper.
Make Kids Start Cleaning at a Young Age
Much of everyone’s behavior develops at a tender young age, which is the time of their upbringing. So if you want your kids to be tidy, as in not leaving their clothes on the floor just for you to pick up later, you need to instill some good cleaning habits into them as they’re growing up. When kids start picking up things that they see older people doing, it becomes part of their personality.
Respect the Changing Needs of Older Children
When kids get older, you would think that they have finally learned to pick up their dirty clothes on their own instead of leaving them on the floor. But why do they still do it? Sometimes, it all hinges on how you look at the bathroom space in a way that works for both you and your aging ward. If your older, teenage kids have their own bathroom, try to talk to them about bathroom storage and design. It could be that they’re in need of a separate cabinet or shelf to store their body washes, hairdryers, hair products, and other stuff. If you can get your kids to reimagine the bathroom to suit their own needs, they might respond positively by keeping it clean and cozy themselves.