Clean Ten-A Saving Grace for Parenting

Have I told you about Clean 10?  I got the idea years ago from a random blog I read once.  Maybe I found it on Pinterest? I really have no idea.  I would give credit where credit is due, but I really can’t remember where I learned about it! I do know I tried it once, shortly after reading about it and it revolutionized the fighting, whining, crying, awful-ness that A.L.W.A.Y.S. comes after telling my children that it is time for them to clean their rooms.  I wish I could write this boasting about how my children always answer me with a sweet-toned ‘yes, ma’am’ after I ask/tell them to do anything.  Ya, that’d be a lie.  Although that happens sometimes, it *rarely* happens when asking them to clean their rooms.

So what is Clean Ten?  All it is, is setting a timer for 10 minutes and asking them to clean up for that amount of time ONLY.  Then they can break, relax, whatever.  Sometimes we read a book in between, watch TV, play, just whatever.  The key is – they only have to clean for 10 minutes then they can take a break.  For some reason, they love this.  Instead of sending them to their rooms for this infinite time of cleaning, it brings a finite beginning and an end to the process.  It’s tangible.  They love it.  And we do however many Clean 10’s we need to get the job done, just breaking in between.

I had to explain it to them at first, and they were leery, but it only took one time and they were hooked.

So that’s it.  Clean 10.  We love it.  How about you give it a try at your house with your children and let me know how it goes! I’d love to hear about it!

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jennifer Snellings
    Jan 28, 2014 @ 15:42:29

    Oh Holly!! THANK YOU so much for sharing this!! I have tried everything it seems with my kids, especially my older daughter (now 10), and we still have monumental battles about picking up. And her room is constantly a disaster and it drives me crazy! This is a great idea!! I can’t wait to try it…today!!!! 🙂 Thanks again for sharing!!


  2. Holly Dennis
    Jan 28, 2014 @ 17:39:51

    Well, I sure hope it finds favor in your household. My 9yo daughter is the same. In fact, one time here recently she just stayed in there and did it all because she ‘just wanted to be done, already!’. Which I totally get. That was fun!


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