How do I handle my children's messy room? My 2 year old, and my almost 5 year old now share a room. They both make so many messes in there. Just yesterday, I sat in their room for over an hour and helped them clean it up and organize it. Tonight, I swear EVERY toy they own is on the floor! The thing is that my 2 yr old makes just as many messes as my older daughter, but she doesn't understand cleaning up. I'll help her put a few things away, and then she's lost interest and running out of the room. But, it's not really fair to make my 4 yr old clean everything up when she's not the only one making messes right? I'm so frustrated! I'm 34 weeks pregnant, and on modified bedrest and in soo much pain. I can't constantly be cleaning up their messes. I lost it tonight and told DD that tomorrow morning whatever is not cleaned up, will be in the garbage. Any advice anyone? PLEASE???!!!!
Your 2 year old should understand once you teach her. My son is 21 months and he understands. Try with something small so she doesn't get overwhelmed. Like picking up her bath toys once she is done. And praise her for every toy she puts away. She'll get the point pretty fast
My kids are (almost) 7 and 3.5. DS gets the timer set to get his room clean and anything not put away when it dings is mine for a week depending on the messiness of the room. We've also had success with him picking up his room during commercial breaks of shows in the evenings and whatever is on the floor at the end of the sho is confiscated for a week (any shorter and it's not worth it, any longer and he whines every day about "when am I getting that toy back?!")
DD needs assistance, but the threat is basically the same, anything not put away in the predetermined time is confiscated.
We do at times have to sit with both of them to clean (well, we ALWAYS have to sit with DD) but they're getting better