”Clean your room!” How many times have you said that?
Try these six easy organization strategies to calm clutter and bring order to kids’ rooms:
Make a routine: The kids can have a squeaky clean room and after one afternoon of playing, it’s a mess. Help children stop the cycle by building routines into the family’s day. “Morning Pickup” gets the bed made and the laundry in the hamper. ”Evening Pickup” involves putting away the day’s toys before getting ready for bed.
Sort, store and simplify: Kids’ rooms are often small and sometimes shared. And, have no built-in storage! Kids can’t stay organized when the closet is crammed, the drawers are stuffed, and toys cover each square inch of carpet.
The solution: sort, store and simplify. Begin with clothing: sort it out! Store out-of-season or outgrown clothing elsewhere. Finally, simplify! Does your son really wear all 27 T-shirts crowding his drawer? Remove the extras so the remainder can stay neat and orderly in the available space.
Take a child’s eye view: Get down to your child’s eye level to help him or her get organized. Look at your child’s space, storage, furniture and possessions from his or her vantage point. The view may surprise you!
To organize a child’s room, solutions must fit the child. Use floor-level open containers to hold toys, open plastic baskets to store socks and underwear.
Bring the child into the process: Resist the urge to clean up the mess alone. Teaching your children organization skills is an important tool they will use the rest of their lives. Look at it as a learning activity, and put the focus on the child. If they’re involved in the effort, children are better able to understand and maintain the new, organized room.
Label! When it comes to keeping kids’ rooms organized for the long haul, labels save the day! You know I love my label maker! Or, if your kids are too young to read, use a computer to print simple graphic labels. Pictures of socks, shirts, dolls or blocks help remind the child where these items belong. Slap labels everywhere: inside drawers, on shelf edges and on the plastic shoebox storage containers that belong there.
Organize bottom to top: Start organizing from the bottom of the room, and work to the top. Most used toys and belongings should live on lower shelves, in lower drawers, or on the floor. Higher levels are designated for less-frequently-used possessions.
Working bottom to top, the best-loved teddy bear sits in a small rocker on the floor, while the extensive Grandma-given porcelain figurine collection is on a shelf 6 feet up.
How do you keep your kids’ rooms clean and organized?