Guest Submission by Rachelle Wilber
Many kids just naturally let their rooms get messy, including leaving their bed unmade. However, a well-kept room with a neatly-made bed can help to instill a sense of order and cleanliness in children’s bedrooms. Here are four techniques that can teach your kids to make their beds each day and keep them clean.
Kids who wear pajamas to sleep in rather than play clothes help to keep dust, dirt, and tiny insects like ticks, fleas, dust mites, and bed bugs out of their bed linens. Everyday clothes worn outside and around the house may carry small pests that will transfer quickly to the bed if children sleep in those same clothes. Pajamas are also a visible signal for transitioning from daytime to nighttime preparation for sleep.
It may be helpful to remind children that a tidy bedroom is its own reward in terms of being able to find playthings and valuables. But making the bed can also bring a tangible reward like a weekly allowance, making the effort more worthwhile for kids eager for spending money. Keeping the bed made also contributes to building a work ethic from an early age, as well as a sense of responsibility.
Making the bed each day helps to keep children on a schedule from when they wake up. It also provides them an orderly place to sleep at night, instead of having to retrieve pillows and covers that fall off the bed and get trampled during playtime. A well-made bed will also reduce the risk of lost toys or clothing that can require precious minutes in a busy schedule to find. Making the bed each morning launches the day into an organized system of accountability and responsibility by caring for one’s personal sleep space and linens.
In addition to the above-mentioned insect pests that can quickly invade a child’s sleeping space, a neatly-made bed can help to keep out pet dander and fur. Flies and spiders are less able to get into the sheets and await their helpless child victims at night. Children should be taught that a clean bed helps to keep away unwanted pests like bed bugs, which can be especially difficult to get rid of, and embarrassing for classmates to notice. You might want to think about conducting a bed bug inspection if you think you might have an infestation.
Making the bed is one of the earliest tasks a young child can learn. It also helps to promote cleanliness and pride in personal belongings and living area.
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Bio: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping at the beach or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook @RachelleWilber.
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