Sunday, March 02, 2008

Quick Tips for Children's Spaces

Keeping a child’s room in order is a challenge of almost every parent. But there are ways to make it easier.

· 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.”

· 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.

· Add shelving or clear storage containers. Keep those shelves at kid-level. Adding clear containers labeled with its contents, make it easy for kids to see what is inside and it helps make clean-up time easier.

· 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.

· Contain toys in open baskets to help get control of an out-of–control toy collection.

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