A basket of goodies and that “Clean Up Song” from “Barney” are enough to motivate kids to tidy up

You know that “Clean Up Song” from “Barney” — the obnoxiously cheerful one that gets stuck in your head every time you hear it?

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Tyson thinks this song changes lives. Whenever it plays, kids are automatically motivated to pick up after themselves.

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Once my kids become old enough to clean their own bedrooms, I plan to give them a tote filled with everything they need to keep their spaces tidy. I put a checklist of all the things they need to do on the side of the basket.

And yes, maybe I’ll put the “Clean Up Song” on a speaker and play it in their bedrooms to make them finish their chores.

How do you motivate your kids to clean?

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