Okay, before you start rolling on the floor and spitting the coffee out of your mouth from laughing hysterically at the thought of your kids being organized, let’s see if it’s actually do-able. Is that a word? I mean, I’m in the same boat as most of you …don’t go there, right?
Is this you? Do you get frustrated or annoyed at your kid’s disorganization? *raising hand over here*
Kids are never too young to learn how to get organized! We just need to get them involved in the process. But let’s make it simple and fun! Professional Organizers of Canada (POC) have four simple and quick tips to get you started! I’ve just started with my little one with the first step.
1) Keep the clothes off the floor
Start with the basics and encourage your children to keep their clothes off the floor! POC suggests that if the child can dress themselves, they can learn to pick up the clothes. Put laundry hampers and baskets that are low to the floor and hooks on the wall that are close to your child’s height. This makes it safe and easy for them to put the clothes away. Make it a daily routine that happens before bedtime.
2) Tucking away the toys
Train your children that putting away their toys is all part of play time. Purchase shallow containers, divide up toys in categories and label each box. This prevents kids from taking out other items and making a larger mess to find their toy of choice for play time. After play time comes tidy time! This is a valuable practice because this teaches organization at an earlier age – translating into good lessons for homework time or desk clean-up at the office later in life.
3) Keep the bedroom clean and tidy
The bedroom is a space where your child begins and ends each day and will be spending more time in as they grow up. To help keep the bedroom organized, POC suggests a few simple ways to upkeep the room each day. Incorporate making their bed into their morning routine – a made bed really sets the tone for a clean space. Keep food and drinks out of the bedroom. Make sure your children have 10 minutes each morning to quickly tidy other areas of the bedroom, if possible. This helps your children to learn how to schedule themselves and introduces them to time management as well.
4) Teach them to let go
As we learn in life, not everything lasts forever. Clothes and toys are items that children grow out of and are things that are worn down after years of use. Use this concept to teach your child the idea of letting go at an early age. POC recommends that every six months to a year, go through the toys and clothes with your child and point out the ones they don’t play with any longer, as well as which clothes they have either outgrown or do not wear anymore. Explain to your child that they can donate them to another child in need or incorporate them into your next garage sale. Involve them in the process. It makes it more fun for them and teaches them a valuable lesson – both about letting go and donating items to charities and others in need.
For more information feel free to visit the www.organizersincanada.com
Do you have any tips on getting the kids organized?
This post is not sponsored, nor was I compensated…although I could probably use someone to get ME organized too!
Grumble Girl says
You know how much I loves me some organising… and it’s NOT impossible to get kids on the right track. In fact, it’s imperative. (Plus it’s your best defence against one day seeing your grown child starring in an episode of “Hoarders”.)