A clean desk can boost your child's productivity and help to develop their creativity and problem-solving skills, according to new research. With back to school season upon us, now is the perfect time to develop this habit.
Clorox is gearing up for the new school year, and conducted a survey looking into how cleanliness can affect children's productivity and creativity. They asked parents questions about their children's homework completion, creativity, problem-solving and the grades they received. Parents rated their children's success in these areas while their desk was clean and while it was messy. As it turns out, a clean and tidy workspace needs to be a major goal for your child this school year.
According to the survey results, 50 percent of parents said their children completed their homework faster when their desks were clean. Thirty percent of parents noticed that their children were more creative and 25% observed better problem-solving skills. Two-thirds of parents said that a clean desk led to better grades. Many parents saw that their children were less stressed when their work area was tidy and clean.
This particular study was qualitative, meaning it relies on parents' opinions. Clorox also studied out a quantitative study to cross-check the accuracy of its results. Quantitative research is more reliable because it's based on exact data instead of human evaluations. Here is what they found:
Clorox randomly selection children from a group of eight and nine-year-olds to go into either a clean or a dirty room and complete creative assignments. Backing up the parents' survey responses, children in the clean room were more productive. They spent more time on task and their results were more creative.
What does this mean for parents? As your child goes into the school year, ensure that they have a specific area in the home to complete their homework. Teach kids to tidy their space. Set a time for homework in their after school routine.