Help your kids clean their room on their own!

Kid To Do ListHow many times have you told your kids to go clean their room only to find them pulling out more toys 20 mintues later? I felt like I had to sit in my kids rooms and direct them from one thing to the next in order to keep them on task. Then I came up with this simple cleaning chart to help my kids do it without me.

It breaks down the normal clean up into the most common tasks (make your bed, pick up toys, pick up books, etc.) The chart has two columns, To Do and Done. When we go in to the room, I have them pull off all the jobs (they’re velcroed on to a piece of laminated cardstock). Then we look at the room and figure out which of the jobs need to go in the To Do column and which can go in the Done column. They place the To Do jobs in the order that they think will be the easiest. Then they get to work. When they finish the first job, they move it to the done column and then move on to the next To Do. When their To Do list is empty, they come and get me for a final check.

Kid To Do List 2It’s also really handy to use throughout the week. If I notice a big mess in their room, I’ll shift a couple of the jobs over to the To Do column. Whenever they want to do something special like earn TV time or computer time, I ask them if they’re To Do column is clear. If it’s not, they know just what to do to take care of it…without my interaction.

The best advantage of this chart is that my kids can now do this mostly on their own. They’ve figured out that if they can break a job down into tiny pieces, they can do a lot more without help. This chart just provides the tools they need to do just that…no nagging required. Just thought I’d pass it on.  You can find the free file downloads for this chart below.  Both the boy chart and the girl chart are included in the file.

Download: Kids Room Cleaning Chart Base
Download: Kids Room Cleaning Chart Icons 


20 Comments

  1. Valerie

    Where did you get the board and pictures? Are they just clipart from Printshop or something similar? I might do something similar for “Get Ready to GO”. Somehow my 7 year old forgets what he needs to do to get ready to leave the house each day. Any aditional info would be great.
    THanks, MomOfTwo

  2. MeckMom

    I think that’s a great idea. I should make one of those for my daughter.
    As for the art, I make almost all my files in MS Word so I tend to use the clipart included in Word. Just clik the Insert menu at the top, then choose Picture, then select Clip Art.
    If I can’t find what I’m looking for within Word, I usually click the link to Microsoft Office Online. They have tons of free, high-quality images there too.
    I print the base on heavy white cardstock and then mount it on another piece of colored cardstock. I then laminate them and add the adhesive-backed velcro.
    Hope that helps. Thanks for the idea.

  3. Michelle Eyring

    Wow! I just found your site and am completely amazed! I sure wish you had been around when my kids were younger, although I have found plenty of things that will still help. I just wanted to write and tell you what a wonderful site this is! Thanks!

  4. I love this idea! I used this with my 3 1/2 year old son tonight and he loved it! Thanks for the great website! You made me run out and buy a laminator.

  5. Love this idea!! I can’t wait to try it out in my home.

  6. It is easier to stay out than get out.

  7. Hi – I’m new to your site and I LOVE IT! The links are not allowing me to download and print the kids cleaning chart…saying I don’t have authorization from you – HELP!!! thank you so much.

  8. This is great! Thanks for sharing! I’d love to try this out with my 2 and almost 4yr old!

  9. cavamil

    I think this is a great idea. Thanks for sharing! I’ll be using it with my six youngsters (when you have that many it can take an hour or two of direct supervision to get all the rooms clean).

    On a different note, I tried printing out the chore cards you had posted, and all but the picture for making the bed printed. I’m not sure why that one didn’t print out but I thought you should know.

  10. Thank you so much for sharing this with us! I’ve done other “picture schedule” type things, and I know it’s a lot of work. I’m totally going to use this!

  11. I love this thats for sharing such a great Idea.
    I can’t wait to make them for my Children, and share it with my friends and family.

  12. teamiloa

    So totally loving this and your whole site. Where have you been all my life?

  13. Made these last night. Kids (4yr old and 2yr old) cleaned today and we all LOVED it!
    Thank you so much for sharing. It is just want my kids need to get their room clean.
    I want to make one for every room in the house so they will know how to tidy the living room and clean a bathroom.
    I want to use the same style graphics and dimensions. Any tips for going about this??????

  14. Thank you… You’ve made what I have been needing so easy. My kids love theirs. And I don’t have to nag anymore. Keep your ideas coming. I love them!

  15. LOVE it – THANKS!

  16. I just found your website via Pinterest. I would love to print these, but the download links aren’t working. Any ideas? Thanks so much!

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