Getting your kids' rooms organised is a pretty ambitious project all on its own. Teaching them how to organise themselves is something else entirely. But there are a few things you can do to help the process along.
The folks at Apartment Therapy point out three simple ways you can make it easier for kids to start developing their own organisational habits:
- Make their things accessible to them: Storing toys, clothes, and books in places they can reach will help them to feel more ownership over them, and allow them to put things away without your help.
- Find fun storage containers: Using language and items that have imagination will engage kids in their own pick-up habits. "Feed the raccoon your dirty laundry! Quick! He's hungry!!" and "Oh no that piggy is eating all of your LEGO!!" are a lot more fun to say than the stern old "Put your clothes away or you're not getting dessert" trick.
- Don't micromanage: No one likes to be micromanaged, even kids! Make storage categories easy for kids to relate to. Put things away by colour, size of item, make-believe game - whatever makes sense to them. Categories that help your kids to remember where their things are are much more valuable than having the satisfaction that every Playmobil item is back with its original set (which, let's face it, never happens anyway)
One Minute Tip: 3 says to Help Your Kids Stay Organised [Apartment Therapy]