- In order to aid a child in being organized it is critical that there is an example throughout the entire home, to which they can relate. If you have unorganized areas of your home,do not expect positive, active involvement from a child. Remember,"actions speak louder than words".
- Kids rooms are probably one of the most fun places to organize. Never attempt it without their permission, input and most importantly their active participation.
- Never "surprise" a child, or youth and organize their room for them. Yes, they are under your roof and privacy and personal belongings need to be respected - yours as well as theirs.
- To aid in "kid organization" most parents find that the help of an outside, unbiased,Professional Organizer suits this need very well.
- Teaching a child at the youngest possible age to maintain a neat and orderly room is the groundwork for many of the habits they will pick up in later years. Teaching organization actually frees up your time to an expansive degree too.
"Mom where is....", or:
"I forgot my homework and got another detention" and even:
"Do I have a clean uniform for the game today?"
Note: I know a 3 1/2 year old that has the weekly chore of sorting and eliminating his nursery school papers, and it's an adorable ritual to witness.
- Kids can be taught organization at incredibly early ages. It all starts with teaching them to put away a toy after it's use.
- Organizing your kids rooms must be:
fun and creative
practical with room for enhancements as they grow
conducive to motivating them to be and stay organized.
colorful (remember to utilize their ideas and input)
- Many kids closets are way out of reach for a child to access, therefore modifications must be in place at an early age so they can see and reach whatever they need.
- Does your child have a filing cabinet? This is an important question. Every child needs a place to store:
awards and certificates
- There are heavy duty corrugated chests which are extremely colorful and aesthetically appealing. The outer encasement boasts kids art work. The chest comes with six drawers and stands 15.5x17x13.5 - Approx. cost: $20. See our resource section for product recommendations.
- For the older child there are brightly colored, 6 drawer, rainbow colored corrugated chests. 11.25 x 13.25 x 17.75 inches. Approx. cost: $25. See our resource section for product recommendations.)
- Hanging storage closet systems are ideal for kids. They are bright and colorful and are able to contain closet items in a way that enhances visibility for a child. Designed with 10 roomy pockets they hold an array of shoes, toys, and clothes, and hang over any standard closet rod. Because the front is open -- it is far more conducive to putting things away as well.
- Over-the-door vinyl pouch organizers are another system that helps a child contain pads, pencils, markers, school supplies etc... Approx. cost: $10. See our resource section for product recommendations.
- Yes, a child needs to pick up their toys after playing yet do they have the appropriate storage areas for this task? Make sure your child has a toy box with ample space.Don't ask the impossible.
- Does your child have too much? Go through all their toys, clothes etc... preferably around the holiday season. Make it a very important time each year to designate items that they have outgrown.
Set a specific time/date you and your child visit your local homeless shelter,orphanage, home for abused children etc... These places are in desperate need of items all year long, and you will be teaching your child to help others in need. Kids are elated when they understand they may be playing "Santa" to little boys or girls that may have much less.
Note: This system can be used for kids of all ages and is ideal for college dorms that are notoriously low on space.
- Vinyl coated, metal color cubes are excellent tools for a child to contain doll collections, books, models, puzzles etc. They either stand alone or can be stacked.Approx. cost: $20. See our resource section for product recommendations.
- Every childs' room needs a shoe organizer of some sort to help keep the closet floor visible. They can be purchased in a heavy duty canvas or bright vinyl colors. Approx.cost: $35 See our resource section for product recommendations.
- We encourage all family members to have their own storage container/hamper. Kids are no exception. Most times than not the clothes land on the floor because there is no hamper in the immediate vicinity. (The further away you require them to bring the clothes ie: laundry room the greater the odds they will pile up on the floor)
Hold kids responsible for bringing their own laundry to the laundry room on a designated day. If they miss the day -- it might be a great time to teach them how to do their own!
Canvas laundry bags that are attached to steel coated frames (with wheels) or the canvas bag that attaches to a wooded stand is our product of choice. The laundry bag is removable or the entire container transportable. They are also washable and versatile. This type of container takes less floor space and holds a very large capacity. Approx. cost: $25. See our resource section for product recommendations.
Note: be picky in purchasing this product. There are many department store versions of the tubular versions that fall apart as soon as you attempt to move them. This is one of those times when a more reputable version will be the better choice. (The one I use I have had for 11 years and it still looks brand new!)
Note: When dealing with kids -- get creative. Install a small basketball hoop above the area for the laundry or waste basket. This creates a much more interesting and fun to encourage kids to put socks in a hamper or papers in a basket.
- Many parents are frustrated with the "stuff' on the floor. Now this may soundobvious ...yet does your child have a waste basket in their room? Our experience shows that the missing basket in the room is often the culprit.
Note: Organization is a necessary life skill and far too many of our adult clients were never instructedhow to be organized as kids. It wasn't taught at home nor in the classroom. Sooner or later the need for this skill is required in various capacities for all adults.
- Every childs room needs to be well equipped with pen/pencil holder, scissors, ruler,stapler, tape, markers, etc. You are aiming to create an area where kids want to play,work, and study and the "tools of the trade" need to be immediate and accessible.The little guys have the exact same needs as you do in your office.
- Kids need to have a designated work area of their own. If floor space allows a desk or portable work area is definitely a wise investment . You are attempting to create healthy habits for your child and the work skills they develop at an early age are setting the groundwork for life.
- Last and not least, kids rooms need shelves and lots of them. Take care that shelving is secure, solid and sturdy at installation time. Even the most innocent child can become quite adventurous and you want to practice prevention in case a climbing expedition ever became a curiosity.
- Shelving space that is out of reach for a child can store:
items or toys that they haven't grown into yet
toys that are display items
seldom used items
seasonal sport gear, etc...
- Shelves within a child's reach can contain:
It is extremely helpful to utilize open bins when storing items on lower shelves for the kids.This way they can easily see the items and it is a great assistance in the deterring the domino reaction when reaching for a specific item.
Clear storage containers with assorted colored lids are another option. The child knows the contents of each container primarily because of color coding and it is far more fun and enticing to return things to their proper home.
any toys consistently used etc...
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