Parents Talk: My Kid's Bedroom Is a Mess—Now What?

Do you intervene or leave it to children to keep their rooms clean?

Almost any kid can make a room messy. It seems it's only a special, rare breed of child who consistently keeps a bedroom or other kid-area clean.

What do you do about messy kids' rooms? Strictly enforce a cleanliness standard? Or let them learn a lesson by not getting involved?

Or do you periodically do the dirty work yourself to help your kid start from a clean slate?

It's "Cleanliness is next to godliness" vs. "She didn't make her bed, so let her lie in it." Which side are you on? Leave a comment below.

Sue February 22, 2013 at 07:29 PM
My daughter's room is always messy. I used to get so angry! I'd yell, scream, threaten to take things away, etc. if she didn't keep it clean. It doesn't matter. She just doesn't care. I decided to let it go. If it really bugs me I'll pick it up. Not for her, but for me. As stated above, I realized it wasn't a battle worth fighting over. We have grades for that ;-)
yomammy February 24, 2013 at 07:45 PM
take the door off their room.
Sjoberg February 25, 2013 at 01:13 AM
I agree with summom too. If a messy room is high on your concern list then your kid must be pretty good. Count your blessings and enjoy their childhood. It doesn't last long.
George February 28, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Who's the parent and who's the kid. If you tell them to clean their room they should clean it. But if you're going behind them and folding a teenagers clothes then why should they? They know you'll do it. Too many parents let their kids get away with too much because it's easier.
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