Does it seem whatever you do you can’t preserve your kid’s room organized for very long? You are not alone. Making your children clean their room is an ongoing battle that every parent goes through. At first you ask them gently to take care of the piles, but your kids start whining, dwelling and eventually get distracted. As the day goes, the tone changes from light – hearted reminders to arguments and screams. Eventually, you end up doing most of the work. Or your kid does it enough to get off their backs. Make it easier on you by making organizing easier for them.
1. Assign Age – Appropriate Tasks
The earlier you start teaching your kid organizing habits, the better. Give them chores they can tackle; otherwise they will feel frustrated and quickly lose interest. Younger children will need your help for most of the stuff. Collecting their toys and putting them in a storage unit is a suitable task for toddlers. As your kids grow older, gradually give them more responsibilities. Keep in mind that pre – teens and teens value their personal space. This means that they will take control over what is going on in their place including the cleaning and organizing. It’s normal at this age to display a more rebellious behavior, manifesting in a messy room covered with clothes, papers and other miscellaneous items. The best strategy is to leave them be and don’t bother. Maybe when they can’t find a clean t – shirt, they will get motivated to do the laundry.
2. Make A List
It’s difficult to keep the focus and attention of children. They can quickly forget about their duties if there are not clearly stated. Make a checklist with all the things your kid needs to do like making the bed, de –cluttering, room clearance, etc.
The primary rule of an organized kid’s room is to make it easier to put away than to take it out. For instance, you can store the picture books as a flip – file in a plastic dish pan. When your little one is done, they can just toss it back in the container. Compare it to the traditional open shelving where your kid can pull out everything in a second. Store the frequently used items in areas with easy access.
4. Pick The Right Storage Solution
Young children are collectors and have various items. Bins and baskets are great for keeping all the bits and bobs organized. Don’t forget to label each box. Collect the toys with many small parts in plastic shoe boxes. Get special organizers for CDs, comic books and video games.
Don’t expect your children to know how to manage the clearance chores. In the beginning you need to do most of the cleaning together. In this way you can show them how to deal with each task.