Your child does not have to live in a pig sty. Organization is a learned behavior and it’s something you can easily teach your children! You need to make it fun and easy for them at an early age. They clean up in preschool, there’s no reason they can’t do the same at home. Don’t be afraid to bribe and threaten. Eventually they will catch on!
Here are some helpful tips that you can use to get the organization process going in your child’s room:
- Make sure shelves are low enough so that children can take toys out and put them away without assistance.
- Line children’s books in size order and pull them out to the edge of the book shelf. This makes your child’s collection of books look tidy and inviting.
- Use adjustable shelving in children’s closets. Over the years, the size and shape of your child’s clothing will change, so make sure the closet can adapt.
- Manage your child’s display area. While you don’t want a child’s room to look sterile, you also don’t want a museum of bad pottery projects and meaningless trophies. Give your child a discrete area where s/he can display treasures.
Limit the number of stuffed animals on the bed. There’s nothing that looks more cluttered than a bed full of stuffed toys.
About The Author: Barbara Reich is a professional organizer based in New York, New York. Her tough-love approach turns organization and clutter from chore to lifestyle. Her book, “Secrets of an Organized Mom” is on shelves now. To find more tips from Barbara, please visit www.facebook.com/ResourcefulConsultants or www.secretsofanorganizedmom.com.