A Printable Cleaning Checklist For Kids Rooms

If you’ve used my printable cleaning checklists around the house, you know they are a great help breaking tough cleaning tasks into manageable steps. Guess who else can benefit from step-by-step cleaning instructions? Kids!

Learning to clean a bedroom, like other chores kids can do, is an important life skill but one that doesn’t come naturally. Let’s face it, all of us get overwhelmed and frustrated when faced with a cleaning task so seemingly enormous that we don’t know where to start.

My advice? Go over the instructions below and the printable cleaning checklist with your child step-by-step, then tackle the task together the first time. After that, depending on the age of your child, he or she can use the flow-chart to clean independently while you do your own work, or nothing at all! (You’re welcome.)

 

How To Clean Your Room

Equipment needed:
Two bags or boxes
Cleaning cloths
Furniture polish (optional… and consider making your own non-toxic polish from a homemade mix)
Glass cleaner (optional)
Fresh bed sheets and pillow cases
Vacuum cleaner

Steps:

  1. Prepare to sort stuff: Mark one box/bag “Trash” and the other “Return”
  2. Pick up all trash: Start at the door and work to your right. Pick up all trash and put it in the “Trash” bag/box. Open drawers as you work and look for trash that should be thrown away. Close each drawer afterward. Once you’ve worked your way around the room, look under your bed and gather all trash. Look in your closet for trash, too. Now, set the full bag outside your bedroom door.
  3. Find everything that belongs in another room. Do this just as you did with the trash — starting at the door and working toward the right, then under your bed and in your closet. Things that belong elsewhere include dishes, water glasses, bath towels, your siblings’ toys. Put these in the bag marked “Return”. When you’re finished gathering these things, put this bag outside your bedroom door, too.
  4. Put away things that are on the floor. Toys belong in the toy box, on shelves, or wherever your parent(s) have told you they belong. If there are dirty clothes on the floor, put them in the laundry hamper or take them to the laundry room. Clean clothes should be hung up or folded and put away in your dresser. Shoes should go in your closet or wherever your parent(s) have told you they belong. Did you find more trash or other items to return? Put them in the proper bag outside of your door.
  5. Put away the things on your desk, dresser and nightstand. If you like to keep books on your nightstand, stack them neatly. Jewelry belongs in a jewelry box or wherever your parents have told you to put it. Put toys away, too. This includes games, coloring books, puzzles, crayons, markers and the like. Continue working until all of the flat surfaces in your room are neat and tidy.
  6. Start dusting. Get one cleaning cloth very, very lightly wet. This will help it pick up dust. Now, starting at the door of your room and working to the right, wipe off the top of each piece of furniture (desk, dresser, shelves, nightstand, etc.). Pick things up as you work and wipe the surface underneath them. Don’t forget to wipe the windowsills, too!
  7. Clean the glass. If your parent(s) say you’re old enough to do it yourself, spray your mirror with a little of the glass cleaner. Use a dry, fresh cleaning cloth to wipe the mirror from top to bottom until all smudges and streaks are gone.
  8. Change your sheets. Pull the bedspread and sheets off of your bed. Don’t pull off the mattress pad, though! Take the pillowcase off the pillow. Now, put the new sheets and pillowcase on and make your bed as your parent(s) have taught you. Smooth the bedspread in place when you’re done, and arrange a few stuffed animals on top of your bed if you like. Put the dirty sheets outside your bedroom door.
  9. Start vacuuming. By now there should be NOTHING on your floor that doesn’t belong there. So, if your parent(s) say you’re old enough, it’s now time to vacuum your floor. Remember: never use the vacuum to pick up coins, puzzle pieces, Lego’s or other such objects. It’s only for dirt, dust and pet hair! Begin vacuuming at the door and work your way around your room from right to left. You’re finished vacuuming when you’ve covered every inch of the floor.
  10. Time to finish up! Wrap the vacuum’s electric cord back on the prongs neatly. Put it outside of your door. Take your dirty sheets to the laundry room or hamper. Take the Trash bag to the garbage can. Go through the bag marked “Return” and take each item to the room where it ought to go. Don’t just toss the item in there — put it where it belongs!
  11. Congratulations, you’re done!

That probably seemed like a lot of work, but once you get the hang of cleaning your room it really will go faster. Now that you are in charge of this chore, you should try to make less work for yourself by putting things away instead of throwing them all over the place, right?

Think you’re ready to start using a handy flow-chart for this task? Ask your Mom or Dad to show you how to print the chart below. They’ll probably know a great place you can hang it for next time, too. Maybe inside your closet door?

Printable Cleaning Checklist For Kid’s Room

Printable cleaning checklist for kids bedroom from HousewifeHowTos.com

Printable routine to clean child’s bedroom (.pdf)

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  • http://technicalities.mu.nu Teresa

    Another tip I read somewhere (I wish I could remember where, because the guy should be given full credit!) anyhow, for kids who become easily overwhelmed when presented with a room that is in disarray and needs to be cleaned… Most of the time, it’s the overwhelming “stuff” that puts kids (and adults) into full on “I can’t do this” mode. Once the stuff is put away, the rest of the cleaning is easier.

    Take a basket and put it in the middle of the floor. This is the “inbox” go around the room and put everything that needs to be picked up into the basket (no matter what it is – no decision is made at this point – everything goes into the basket). If the basket gets full, put the overflow around the outside of the basket.

    Once everything has been picked up, then and only then you start to put away. Remember everything should be in this pile!

    Next: This is very important: Take one thing at a time (only one!) and put it away in its place, put it in the trash, or put it in a box to be taken to another room.

    This requires less by way of decision making so it’s not such a huge mountain to climb for them. It’s much easier to decide what to do with only one thing than it is to look at a room and say “OMG I have to put ALL this away… I can’t do it!

    This can be translated to any person in the house who has problems starting a clean up. It might work. It might not. Worth trying it. :)

    • Katie B.

      My mother did something very similar when I was little. Basically, she’d wait until I was at school then dump every drawer in the middle of my room. On top of this, she’d throw everything that was on the floor of my closet or on top of my desk, dresser or nightstand. Then she’d tell me to put things away properly, one at a time.

      You can imagine my attitude toward cleaning when I was a kid as a result, LOL!

      • http://technicalities.mu.nu Teresa

        Um – I think this proves, it’s all in how the project is presented… ;)

      • Katie B.

        Most definitely! LOL

  • http://thishappymom.com susan

    Hmm… I’ve never tried this. As a kid I remember being told “go clean your room” and then being unsure what my mom expected. I’ve been using the same approach with my boys and not been happy with the results. I think your approach might be worth considering. Thanks.

    • Katie B.

      You’re welcome! I had to come up with *something* since my son’s version of cleaning his room and my version are so drastically different. Hint: his involves shoving everything under the bed. Aaaack!

  • http://www.flusterbuster.com Robin

    We have a similar checklist for the kids rooms. Thanks for sharing at Fluster’s Creative Muster. Looking forward to seeing what you link up next week.

    • Katie B.

      Checklists really are great for kids, aren’t they?

  • Lois

    Thank you so much! My children’s idea of cleaning their rooms involves pulling OUT the Lego’s. Talk about AAAACK factor. I needed something to help.

    • H

      This helped

  • http://www.miniclean.com.au/ Mini Clean

    This is a good thing. Kids should really be train to do some cleaning. If they do this tips and make it a habit they will eventually bring that until they grow old. Thanks for posting.

    • http://housewifehowtos.com/ Katie B of HousewifeHowTos.com

      I agree. Kids tend to be the main source of mess, and it’s good for them to learn how to clean after themselves rather than take for granted that it’s Mom’s job to do it.

      • http://www.miniclean.com.au/ Mini Clean

        I totally agree with you.

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