Make it Easier for Kids to Keep a Clean and Orderly Room

Jan 30, 2012

Have you tried driving to work with a flat tire or empty gas tank? Children are often expected to straighten and clean their room facing similar obstacles. Picture a child trying to make a bed that is wedged between large pieces of furniture, or hang clothes on a rod twelve inches above their head. Make it easier for children to maintain their room by keeping things streamlined, right-sized, and compartmentalized.
STREAMLINE CLOTHING AND TOYS
Simplify clothing by making colors easy to mix and match and keeping only what is currently in use. Store or pass on anything that doesn’t fit or is rarely worn. Avoid morning chaos by helping your child pre-plan outfits for the entire week.
Decide how many toys and books your child can comfortably enjoy and keep the rest out of sight. Rotate once a month. If space in the child’s room is limited, create a play area in the basement or spare bedroom and keep just a few of their very favorite toys and books in their room.
Bottom line: Do not use your child’s room as extra storage space for you.Using your child’s closet to hold your out-of-season clothing, or stashing your luggage under their bed, does not foster a sense of “ownership” or encourage responsibility.
MAKE IT RIGHT-SIZED
Inaccessibility to storage is a primary reason things don’t get put away. Lower closet rods and shelves so that children can reach them. Hooks hung low are easier than hangers for bulky coats and jackets. Utilize high spaces for out-of-season or rarely used items, or for toys and books on rotation.
Make sure furniture is the right height and size. Select a dresser low enough so that the child can reach the top. Provide a waste basket that is large enough for the amount of trash children typically generate.
Bottom line: Store small items in small containers, large items in big containers. Check out your local discount or home supply store for ideas.
COMPARTMENTALIZE
Use small plastic bins or dishpans for loose items like socks and gloves. Keep school supplies and small toys together by storing them in lidded plastic shoe boxes. Nestle bins and boxes into drawers or on shelves to keep items separated and organized.Hanging shoe bags work well for various items that need organization. Small items kept in rolling carts with drawers can be wheeled into the closet when not in use.
Bottom line: Label everything. Items kept in drawers, shelves and storage
containers that are labeled are more likely to end up in their proper home.
Labels can be pictures or words depending on your child’s age.

by Mary Sigmann CPO ® | Categories: Teach Your Child To Be Organized | Tagged: |

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