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Help! She wont keep her room clean!!

Anonymous
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Im not talking about an older kid or teen but my 2 year old. Ill clean her room and 5 minutes later she is destroying it again. Everything she owns is on her floor and ive given up trying to keep it clean. Any tips??


Thanks everyone! I went through her stuff and put two bags full of toys in her closet. I plan to switch them out every now and then. She did throw everything out of the toybox but now her floor isnt completely covered like it was before. Yay!

Posted by Anonymous on Jun. 19, 2017 at 11:10 AM
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Not_A_Native
by Ruby Member on Jun. 19, 2017 at 11:11 AM
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First, have less IN her room.

Second, make her clean it up (yes, it will be harder than doing it yourself).  Sit in the room, and direct her one thing at a time.  Might take hours.  Bribes work too.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Jun. 19, 2017 at 11:13 AM
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Um, that's normal two yr old behavior. She's exploring her world. Train her to pick up after herself. That's how you handle it. They're not going to keep it clean 24/7. What's the point of toys if they can't play with them? Of course, you could put everything up and just allow one thing at a time.
Olioxenfree
by Gold Member on Jun. 19, 2017 at 11:14 AM

Stop cleaning it, she is old enough. Make set cleanup times and tell her that it is time to clean up. You can direct her on where to put things and what to start with, but make her do the picking up. Limit how many things she can take out at a time, if she has taken out three different things that she isn't playing with and is about to take out another, tell her she has to pick up those three activities first.

Sassy762
by CAFE SASSY HBIC on Jun. 19, 2017 at 11:14 AM

Take everything out that she doesn't have to have.....toys, stuffed animals etc. Tell here that the toy gremlin took everything because she messes up her room so much. IF she keeps it clean, the toys will be returned , lol

Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Jun. 19, 2017 at 11:15 AM
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Totally normal behavior for a 2 year old. Get used to it.
Melissa_4
by Navy Mom on Jun. 19, 2017 at 11:16 AM
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Clearly she's got too much in her room.  Scale it back to only a few toys, and put the rest in a bag and switch them out every few weeks.  If she's taking clothes out of her dressers, make her help you fold them and put them back.  

HaloSue
by Platinum Member on Jun. 19, 2017 at 11:16 AM
Are you serious? A two year old is still a baby. You will have to show her repeatedly how to put her toys away. Then praise her, great job ,clap your hands. Be consistent with her, but don't expect much she's still very young. It will be better the older she gets if you stick to it daily. Say ______ let's clean up your room, smile,make it fun?
HOT4TCHR
by Silver Member on Jun. 19, 2017 at 11:23 AM


Quoting Not_A_Native:

First, have less IN her room.

Second, make her clean it up (yes, it will be harder than doing it yourself).  Sit in the room, and direct her one thing at a time.  Might take hours.  Bribes work too.

Exactly this.  Less stuff.  She doesn't need 20 stuffies, 30 little ponies, and 50 books in her room. That just begs to be dumped.  And dumping is pretty age appropriate for a 2yo.  Put 10-15 toys and 5 books on the shelves in her room and box everything else in her closet.  Once a week, swap out.  As she gets older and more cooperative with her own tidying, you can let her have larger quantities.


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Traci_Momof2
by Ruby Member on Jun. 19, 2017 at 11:31 AM
No advice here. My kids' rooms have always been messy no matter what age they are.
mojogirl
by Ouiser Boudreaux on Jun. 19, 2017 at 11:32 AM

sounds like she needs a lot less stuff in her room.

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