Bonnie Joy Dewkett is the founder of The Joyful Organizer, a company that focuses on bringing organization into any area thinkable. To read an introduction to The Joyful Organizer, visit this post.
Bonnie has kindly agreed to guest blog four great posts on the Energizer Bunny’s Mommy Reports to help readers all around the blogosphere. This is the first of four posts...Let’s get joyfully organized!
KID’S ROOM TIPS
Keeping kids organized can be a challenge for the best of us. Studies have shown that children are capable of doing chores from an early age. Starting them out with simple tasks and gradually increasing responsibility with age will allow them to be a helpful member of your household. Here are some tips, that with your child’s participation, will make for a less stressful daily routine.
•Use a daily planner and have your children pick out their clothes for the week. This way you make sure everything they want to wear is clean and ready to wear so they can get themselves ready with less fuss in the morning.
• Get your child involved. Create sections of their room to use for specific purposes. An area for homework, leisure activities, and for clothing and storage will ensure that your children have the proper environment for studies. Their involvement with creating the space will ensure they keep it in order.
• Create a homework caddy with all of the homework essentials (ruler, glue, calculator, etc). This will allow your child pick this up and do homework wherever you are in your home. They will be able to get to homework quickly rather than wasting time gathering materials.
• Put a bin or basket for toys in every room. Use an aesthetically pleasing basket that matches your décor and collect the toys in each room. Create a routine with your child that toys must be put away to this area at the end of each play session. This will mean you won’t have to run around before company comes.
• Use chore charts to delegate responsibility, and give your kids incentive to complete their chores and keeping their room clean. Have a family meeting to decide the best reward. Set responsibilities and the time in which they need to completed.
• Use color-coded bins to separate the belongings of multiple children. Or use the bins to separate different genres of your child’s belongings. (Red for toys, Blue for Art Supplies, etc.) Have your children help pick the colors, and have them draw a label on the bins describing its contents.
• Visit a home organization store such as Ikea or The Container Store. Or, browse their websites. Familiarizing yourself with their organization products will help you realize what products are available to solve clutter issues in your kids room and home.
• Closets are a great place to store toys. Chances are their clothes do not take up the whole closet, especially when they are young. Use the bottom shelves and the floor for toys or large items. This will ensure that your child can access them, and they are not climbing the shelves to reach toys that are out of reach. Never put anything above your child’s head that they could pull down on themselves. Use storage bins and separate toys into like categories. Make it a rule that the toys go back in the bins, and back in the closet when they are finished playing.
•Use a soft-sided hamper and teach your child to put their dirty clothes in it every night. The Container Store sells great decorative soft-sided hampers. They are easy to carry, easy to access for kids, and using fabric paint they can even be personalized.
• Teach your child the importance of giving to others. As you organize their room over time, there will be toys and clothes that they no longer use or outgrow. Teach them that their extra toys will be helping those who are less fortunate. If they are old enough, take them to a soup kitchen or a toy drive to help them understand the importance of giving to others.
Remember, kids love organization! The key to sticking with it is getting them excited and involved. You will find that living in an organized space will help them concentrate on their studies, and develop good study skills.
Bonnie Joy Dewkett
The Joyful Organizer, LLC
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