6 Simple Steps to More Organized Kids
Every mom dreams about having a clean, organized nursery with plenty of space for your child to play and learn. It seems impossible sometimes, but it’s not. How could you make this dream come true? With a few simple steps, you can organize your home once and for all. Better than that, you can keep it organized as part of your and your kids’ fun routine.
The function of the organization is not only to make everything beautiful but also to make your house more practical. Better organization helps you find and store all things easier, making your life easier at the same time.
There is a big difference between tidying and organizing. Tidying is when you can’t find a permanent solution to the mess, things won’t have the right place and probably when you need it, you won’t find, you tidy it today by tomorrow it will be messy again.
When you organize, you do it only once, find a permanent place for each object, you can easily find what you need and return it to its place without wasting time.
Using some techniques and creativity you can change your home and teach your kid to be more organized.
HOW DO I MAKE IT HAPPEN?
It is possible and easy just following 6 steps.
1 – Teach how to organize
This is not the most fun task, but it’s essential. You need to explain to your kid the importance of having a room and their toys organized. Then, you need to show him/her how to do it.
Show that if they do their part you will have more time to have fun together
Take a box, put the toys inside, and then put it in the closet. Keep things in logical places, closer to where you actually use them. Ensure your kid has easy access and can do it alone, transforming this into a habit.
2 – Make Playing Organized
Turn the organization into a game, a pleasant moment for your child. One tip I can give and love to use is “let’s see who organize it first”. If you make it a game instead of a chore, kids love and have fun organizing.
3 – Create a routine
Having a routine is very important for children, for mental and physical health. Every child needs and should have tons of playtime. However, they also need to know that when the game ends, toys go back to where they belong.
4 – Use a task board to keep organized
There are several of them that you can find on the internet for all ages, they are fun and you can add points to each task performed and at the end of the week you can count the points and take your child for a different walk, a new park, a beach or to do something that your they like very much as a reward (ice cream!)
5 – Be a role model
Children do exactly what they see adults doing, they mirror their parents. You cannot teach your kid something that you don’t do yourself. “Do as I say, not as I do” won’t work when it comes to organization involving kids.
A small tip I use a lot when I’m going to organize a kid’s room is asking people to show their bedroom to their child, give small examples, explain why and how you are organizing, play with these situations.
6 – Reward Organized Behaviour
As I mentioned in the previous topic, it is very important to reward the child when he/she is doing things right. Reward with words, with points, and once again show that by doing their part, you can have more time to play and have fun together. Using a fun activity as a reward after cleaning can help reinforce those positive habits.
How to make everything more practical
You only need to use creativity and some organization tricks to make everything practical at your home. The use of organizer products, labels, plastic boxes, and some Ziploc® bags to organize children’s things (toys, clothes, books, games) can facilitate your life and help kids to have a routine: pick up what they need or want, use it and put it back in place.
Keep the toys that your kids like more always organized and closer to them, you can separate it in plastic boxes and colorful buckets. Involve your child in the organization, create a routine and teach your child from an early age. Printing photos or labels to identify things is also very cool, as it encourages them to look for things on their own.
Another suggestion is to divide the toys into 2 or more “buckets”, leave one with the child and keep the other separated and stored. Kids tend to get sick of them very fast and by creating sets of toys, you can have a toy relay routine, changing every 15 days for example.
With each baby that is born, a new woman, a mother, a father, and a family is also born. With the new family member, life offers us many changes and new feelings. After the baby’s arrival organizing the house is almost an event.
Hopefully, this has been helpful to all the parents struggling with organizing their homes with their little ones.
I would like to thank Stephanie Polido for providing me with this content. If you’d like to know more, you can follow her Instagram @stephpolido or email her at [email protected]
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