Cleaning with (And Around!) Teenagers
There’s every chance that several health hazards may be lurking in your teenagers bedroom, and
when they’re not keen to let you in, and aren’t motivated to keep their personal space clean and
tidy, it can be hard to know how to tackle the problem. Anyone who understands teenagers will
tell you that learning how to keep themselves and their personal spaces clean, is an important and
basic skill that they’ll definitely need as adults and should begin to learn at the earliest stage
possible. Getting them to do it, though, is a whole different kettle of fish!
Here are a few tips for getting your teenager to clean their room:
Agree On Some Basic Standards:
Before entering into an argument with your teenager over their messy, dirty room, try to have it
clear in your mind, exactly what it is that you want from them. How clean do you want the room
to be? Do you believe it should be spotless, or would you happy if it at least didn’t look like a
bombsite? Decide if having them vacuum and tidy it once a week is enough, or if you want them
to keep it clean and tidy every day.
Try To Draw A Line Between A Dirty Room, And An Unhygienic One:
A little dust and grime never killed anyone, so you might not need to get so upset if your
teenager has some dusty furniture or a couple of used plates lying around. However, if there is
mold growing or a decidedly unhygienic aroma pervading the room, then this would need to be
addressed more urgently.
Choose Your Battles Wisely!
Yell at your teen and demand that they spend hours on house cleaning or their room, and you’ll
probably come up against a little resistance. However, by deciding what bothers you the most
about their room, you can give targeted instructions and not overwhelm your teen. Accepting that
your teen doesn’t care as much as you do about cleanliness can be tough, but fighting over it
usually isn’t worth it.
Try To Respect Your Teenagers Individuality:
Your teenager may never grow up to be as cleanliness conscious as you, but that isn’t necessarily
a bad thing, it just means that their priorities are different to yours. Try to respect your teenager
for the type of person they are, and don’t push your cleanliness standards onto them; you never
know, this could end up backfiring on you later in life!
Alternatively, if your teenager is driving you crazy with their lack of willingness to keep
their space tidy, or is messing up your entire home, then don’t waste any more time waiting
for them to change, simply call in the house cleaning professionals!