If your house is like mine after the holidays all the kids get New Cloths and toys and need their Closet Organized here are some pointers
Just as youngsters take baby steps to learn how to walk, getting children’s rooms de-cluttered and cleaned also requires baby steps. You don’t have to be the cleaning fairy, magically whisking it all away. Just follow these simple tips for keeping their rooms tidy.
- Take a baby step approach to de-cluttering. First skim away trash. Then hamper laundry. Store items in appropriately labeled bins, boxes and baskets. Wire baskets make it easy to see and retrieve what’s inside eliminating the need to dump out the contents to find what you are looking for.
- Show kids where things go with picture and word labels. Art Supplies. Books. Blocks. Games. Movies. Puzzles. While you build good organizational habits, you can help kids make meaningful connections between words, illustrations and actual objects.
- Make it easy to pick up and put away school supplies and clothes by lowering hooks, bars and shelves. Step stools can help but, for safety and ease, lower is better. Double up on clothing bars – one low and within your child’s reach, the other higher for special or out-of-season clothes.
- Let them express without the mess. Designate shelves, tack boards or other special areas for artistic display and A-plus school projects. Allowing your child to prominently display their accomplishments affirms their efforts and, at the same time, gives them a sense of responsibility for the room.
- Create a comfortable study space. Situate desk and chair heights so that your child’s knees, elbows and hips relax at right angles while they are seated at the keyboard or writing surface. To make a growing child comfortable, choose an adjustable chair and add a footstool when needed.
In which area of your home does your kids’ belongings pile up the most, and how do you manage the clutter?