Learning how to organize kids does not have to be some big mystery. Organizing children is essential for a parent’s sanity. Better still, teaching our kids to be organized is a reward for us and a gift to them for their future. While knowing that teaching children to pick up after themselves is the first step to organize kids, getting them to the point where this is automatically done without the temper tantrums is another step. If it’s not easy for them, you can be sure they really are not going to make it easy for us.
Organizing children is more than just telling a toddler to pick up their toys and school work. As parents we have to teach them, and train them in the art of organization. The two main areas we focus on in achieving harmony when organizing children are the playroom, or the play area of our home, and organizing the kid’s bedrooms.
The playroom, for example, should begin with making sure that everything has a place, and that place is logical and accessible. This is achievable no matter what sort of playroom or play area your children have. Everything having a place could mean having a basket, storage container or toy box that certain toys are kept in like the corner of the living room, or somewhere in their playroom. I say “certain toys” because books live on a bookshelf, or in a convenient book stack, and Lego or building blocks go together in a container with other toys of its kind. Naturally there are shelf toys where room area allows and these toys live in their own place on that shelf. Toys that your child is allowed to play with by themselves should be on a low shelf that is easy for them to reach. There are some toys that Moms like to supervise when their child plays with them and these can stay on a high shelf.
Organizing a child’s bedroom is usually seen as something the Mother would do, but if you want real results and a system or order that your child will follow, you should do this activity together. You both know that some clothes get hung up and some clothes go into a drawer. This is where you can get creative. All of the drawers don’t have to be the same color; perhaps socks and singlets can go into the drawer with the red handle and pajamas can go into the drawer with blue handles. Then what about the clothes that hang up? Clothes that need to hang do not need to be placed so far up that they can’t be reached. Hang the bar lower for your child’s height.
Keep in mind that children grow up fast. The toys that they loved last month can be “babies stuff” today. Kids grow out of their clothes so fast, but if you think they are far too cute to get rid of then store just a few of your favorites in a clear plastic bin. Once we have our children organized the idea is to keep them organized.This will take a little sorting and purging every now and then. A little done each month saves a whole lot of time at the end of the year. Do not wait for Santa to be near before suddenly realizing you need to make room. Who has the time to do that at Christmas time?
Organizing children is not complicated; in fact with a little help and elbow grease it can be moderately easy. Remember that if you want to organize kids you have to set a good example yourself. Make sure that you are keeping your things organized and your child will want to do the same. I think when you organize kids you help them do better in life.This post originally appeared on our sister site Help-Organize-Life.com.