Tips to embrace this obscure observance year-round

Kids are usually up for celebrating any holiday. But we may have found one that will make them roll their eyes and run the other way: Clean Up Your Room Day. The occasion is celebrated May 10.

Though most children view tidying up as drudgery rather than delight, it’s an important skill for them to have. (Their future college roommates and spouses will thank you.)

The observance could serve as way to get kids more on board with the value of a clean room. The first step requires parents to define what a clean room means to them, recommends Psych Central, a mental health resource for families. Next, moms and dads need to clearly communicate that message to their child. Try giving kids a checklist to help them complete the tasks associated with the job. We like this one from Pearson Education: i.infopls.com/cleanroom.pdf.

It’s also a good idea initially to work with your children, showing show them what needs to be done and how to do it. As they get older and more proficient, you can leave more of the work in their hands, according to Psych Central. Read all their tips at psychcentral.com/lib/tips-for-getting-kids-to-clean-their-rooms.

For more on the topic, check out advice website Empowering Parents at empoweringparents.com/article/4-tips-to-help-get-kids-to-clean-their-rooms.