Teaching your Child to Organize their Room is an Important Lesson

It is important to teach your children how to organize their room.  You need order now and they need these skills for later on in life so they will be able to function efficiently in their own home and place of employment.  Maintaining clutter control in your child’s room does not have to be an impossible task if you create a workable system.  Whether your children are pre-school, school age, or teenagers you can help them obtain and maintain order.  Implement the following ideas and systems to achieve clutter control. 

Containerize clothing, accessories, and toys by putting like items together.  Use plastic or more decorative containers such as wicker, canvas, or wood.  If every item has a specific place it is more likely to return to its place.  Use lidded containers so you can stack them on top of each other.   

Store a few keepsakes in the bedroom and put the overflow in a container in a basement storage area.  This would include items such as trophies, artwork, and knickknacks.         

For younger children, rotate toys from the bedroom to another location or use the top of the closet.  Children can be overwhelmed and bored if they have too many toys to choose from.  As you periodically change the toys it will feel like Christmas. 

Exchange off-season clothing to another location so closets and drawers close easily.

Limit the amount of ‘little pieces’ from toys and games.  Use zip-lock bags and small lidded containers to store small items such as Legos®, Barbie® accessories, building blocks, etc.

Make sure your child is able to make his bed by himself.  Use a comforter because it is easy to make and you do not have to worry about wrinkles from the sheet or blanket.  The bed should be away from the wall so the comforter can slide down the side with ease.

Use under-bed storage containers for toys, stuffed animals, clothing items, shoes, and craft items.  Containers with rollers make it easier to access the contents.

Use a hanging sweater or shoe shelf in the closet to store shoes, clothing, games, and toys.  Younger children do not usually need as much hanging space.

A bookshelf is a good storage place for books however it will also hold games, puzzles, and toys.  Use a small square basket on the shelf to hold small books, which tend to fall over on the shelf.  You can also use a bookshelf as a back-up dresser.  Place wicker or plastic baskets on the shelf to hold socks, pajamas, t-shirts, etc.

Use laundry baskets, large plastic containers, or a wooden toy box for stuffed toys, trucks, and larger items.

Use another area other than the bedroom as a play area.  When our children were young we bought a small area rug for our unfinished basement so they had another play area other than the bedroom.  This was a good place to roll cars and build with blocks.   

Donate or sell outgrown clothing and toys to avoid crammed closets, shelves, and drawers.

Designate a basket or shelf in the closet for shoes.  An alternative for shoe storage is to store shoes in a hall closet, laundry room, or garage.  We use a shoe storage system in our garage to keep dirty shoes out of our bedrooms.

 Some children need to share a room because of limited bedroom space.  It is important that each child has his own space in the bedroom.  Our boys shared a room for many years and we divided areas in half.  Each son had one side of the closet and their own dresser drawers.  They were each responsible for their own area.

It is important once you have helped your child organize his room that you help him maintain order.  You need to check the room daily to make sure everything has returned to it’s home.

 “Order in a room brings order to the house!”

 

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