Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Organizing Children's Rooms: 10 Keys to Success

When I started my company, Stuff 2b Organized™, LLC eight years ago, I was not yet a parent. Now that I have two young children under the age of 6, I believe more than ever that being organized can help make any parent’s daily life easier and less stressful.

Keeping a child’s room in order is a challenge of almost every family. It continually needs maintenance and upkeep. But, there are ways to make it easier for you and them.

  1. Expect that your child’s help and participation may result in extra work for you, but you are teaching them the skills to learn to help themselves down the road.
  2. Tackling a messy room can be overwhelming for children. Give you child specific directions. Instead of saying “clean up your room”, try “please make your bed and put your dirty clothes in the hamper.”
  3. Just by making the bed, a bedroom is 50-70% cleaner. Consider making this a daily chore. Younger ones will need help, but by the age of six, most should children be able to do it on their own.
  4. Add shelving or clear storage containers. By adding clear containers labeled with its contents, makes it easy for kids to see what is inside and it helps make clean-up time quicker.
  5. Create activity zones. For example: In a reading zone the books should be next to the bed, with good lighting. A chair or soft blanket might be near by as well.
  6. Contain toys in open baskets to help get control of an out-of–control toy collection.
  7. View some pictures and examples of organizing children’s rooms.
  8. Remember, it’s about making their lives easier by focusing on what works best for them, not just us.
  9. Start small.
  10. Don’t forget the Praise!!!

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