Organization Skill to Help your Children be Successful

You can still regain the order you once had before children, however you will need to change your system.  Develop a new plan by teaching your children organization skills.  Implement the ten L’s of organization.

 1.  Live by example.  You cannot expect your children to keep their room organized when you have clutter piles around the house.  The best tool for teaching is showing someone how to do something, not just communicating verbally. 

 2.  Layout a workable organization schedule.  Chores or tasks should be age appropriate.  You cannot expect your three-year-old to make his bed but, you can show him how to pick up toys and put them in a basket. 

 3.  List the things that need to be done on a daily or weekly basis.  This should be a written plan that everyone understands.  Do not make assumptions.  If you expect your teenager’s room to be picked up, make a list of what needs to be done.  The list may look like this:

___Pick-up clothing off the floor and take the items to the laundry room.

___Put books on the bookshelf

___Organize your school papers in your binder or a file system

___Throw away all trash

___Make your bed

___Close the closet door and shut the dresser drawers

___Find a home for every item in your room

 4.  Launch a workable system for them.  A plan will fail if discipline is not used.  You will need to make sure your children are following the plan.  They may need daily reminders to pick up toys, shoes, coats, backpacks, etc.  

 5.  Label their things.  When you organize toys put a label on the container.  Use a picture if your child is too young to read. 

 6.  Lend a helping hand.  Sometimes your child may feel overwhelmed and may need your help.  Take for instance your thirteen-year-old daughter’s closet that is crammed with clothes, she may need you to help her make decisions as she sorts through the clothes.

 7.  Lead your children down the organization road.  Organization is a difficult skill to learn.  Begin teaching this skill before they learn to walk.  Create a sense of order in their life.  Help your children pick up their things and put them in their home.

 8.  Listen to what they say and ask questions.  The best way to get cooperation is to listen.  Ask your child to give you a good reason why his socks are in the middle of the family room floor.  Ask him if it is fair for you to pick up their things.  After all you are not asking him to pick up your things.

 9.  Love them each step of the way.  Your love is a necessary ingredient if you expect your child to listen to your instruction.

 10.  Lecture as a last resort.  You could lecture your child about his messy room or offer to help him get it organized.  The later is more effective.   

 “Time invested in training now will reap results in later years!”

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