Habits are a tricky thing, especially when it comes to cleaning. Or teenagers.
In MyHomeLovely’s third and last article in the series on teens and tidying up, we will tell you more about how their occasional room cleaning can become a habit.
You have fought many battles to get your teen to tidy up from time to time. That was exhausting and it could have backfired, so why not enjoy what you already have?
Because, as Mr T.S. Eliot once said: “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
Firstly, don’t be intimidated by the headings, you won’t be doing anything bad. Secondly, not all of this needs to be followed and not in this order. Try different approaches and see which one resonates with your teen the most.
Trickery is just another word for adult wisdom.
For all their rebel routines, teens feel quite good when they have a sense of structure. They just don’t realise it.
Cleaning schedules are great for adopting habits, but there’s a good chance your teen did not take to it. Luckily, you can impose order and have yourself a habit in no time without them realizing it.
Let’s say you are bothered by slightly mildewed clothes scattered on the floor, but your teenager ignores the laundry bin’s existence. Bring the laundry bin to his or her room when you think it most prudent and in a couple of weeks clothes will be waiting for you before you reach the room.
Resort to Bribery and Bargaining
For this approach to work, it’s absolutely crucial that you understand what makes your teen tick.
Will your teen clean up every Saturday if you promise to prepare their favourite meal the next day? Will they clean if there is this event that they simply have to go to and you’ll give them the keys if they clean two days a week for two months?
Remember, even if you’re letting your teen have a say in this, that doesn’t mean that you’re not holding all the important strings.
Employ Heavy Artillery
In other words, this is conditioning of a more brutal kind. You should prepare yourself for temper tantrums.
Let’s return to the familiar pile of clothes for a moment. If threats and pleas have fallen on deaf ears, you’ll make sure everything disappears! Take everything lying on the floor and go to a pawn shop. Everything given can be reclaimed, but if you’re feeling particularly vindictive (and merciful) give everything lying on the floor to charity.
Also, before you drive up to the nearest pawn shop, warn your teen that their things may not be there the next day if they don’t tidy up. Naturally, going through with the threat is of utmost importance.
Short term result, you will never hear the end of it. Long term result, your teen will take your warnings seriously. So, whenever they relapse, casually mention that old pawn shop that you walked by that morning.
Ladies and Gentlemen, We Have a Habit!
Adopting a habit is a process. It takes time, but after many trials and tribulations, you’ll reach the peak of Mt. Cleanliness. Sort of. Since teens probably won’t help you much in keeping the entire home spotless, one of the quickest solutions is to hire your very own Professional Surrey Cleaning Service. Contact us today! And now, with all that free time on your hands, you are in awe of what to do with your day? Not to worry here are some great ideas from Valet Maids in Galentine’s day article.