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3 Tips to Get Your Teen to Clean

posted: 11/02/16
by: Katie Morton
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Getting your teen to clean can often feel like mission impossible (yup, get the cables ready). Between busy schedules and natural rebellion, finding the right approach takes quite a bit of persistence and patience. Luckily, we've got three tips from Mompreneur and owner of Queen Bee Concierge, Rashida McKenzie that'll help.

1. Choose a Strategy

Let it go: Allow the mess to pile up. After a few times, when your teen can't find their football jersey or their favorite pair of jeans, they'll more than likely fall in line. Warning: This may result in a meltdown when they realize they're going to miss the bus. However, keep your cool and resist the temptation to find it for them--for this to work they have to face the consequences of uncleanliness.

When, then: This is more of an incentivized approach to getting your teen to clean. For example, when your room is clean, then you can watch television. If you choose to go this route, then there is no need for fussing or fighting--the rule is clear and you can remind them that they're only restricted by their own responsibilities. If they still refuse to clean in protest, stay firm.

2. Examine Your Expectations

Sometimes teens are just as overscheduled and tired as adults--meaning the expectations must remain realistic when it comes to how much they can do and when things get done.

With that being said, it's important to set specific expectations. What does cleanliness looks like? How often does their room need to be cleaned? And, what are the non-negotiables (like eating in their bedroom)? It's important to make all of this clear up front--don't wait for a heated battle to discuss your expectations. Try regular family meetings. They're super helpful for discussing household happenings and they allow you to proactively address any problems.

3. Make It Fun for Everyone

Let your teen have fun with it! Allow them to blast their music or dance while cleaning. Empower them to take charge of their room and what's in it. That could mean giving their room a fresh, new look by rearranging the furniture or allowing them to sell a few, preapproved pieces for some extra cash on an app like LetGo or Close5.

You can also use cash as a reward for extra tasks outside of their day-to-day responsibilities. Overall, the most meaningful reward is acknowledging their effort and praising them for a job well done.

With a strategy, clear expectations, and a commitment to making it fun, you'll have your teen cleaning in no time