Every morning before breakfast our kids are supposed clean their bedrooms. Currently the 5 girls are in one bedroom and the four boys are in another bedroom, so both bedrooms have the potential for a huge mess and lots of squabbles. We’ve found a great solution for both of these potentials.
Our secret for having nice, neat bedrooms before breakfast each morning is our competition system. I check each bedroom before we sit down to eat. The room that is the cleanest gets bragging rights and a “trophy” to display in their room for the day. (This can be something as simple as a “Cleanest room” sign to hang on the door.) We use a plant.
There is also the possibility that both rooms are lovely. In that case we declare a tie and the trophy/plant is displayed in the living area of our house where we all get to enjoy it.
At the end of the week the room with the most “wins” gets to choose our family fun night activity.
Here is the BEST part of our system. If the rooms end the week in a tie, our whole family celebrates with something special for family fun night. Either a special treat like ice cream or a new game, just something extra fun for our family time to celebrate that everyone did a great job keeping their rooms tidy during the week.
This system has not only helped the bedrooms to stay nicer, it has also helped the children work together toward a common goal. It’s not unusual for the girls to go help the boys finish tidying their bedroom or vice versa so that they can tie for the day.
Clean, tidy bedrooms, more teamwork and special treats for family fun night, it works for me!