By now, you should be beginning to experience the benefits of living clutter free and I’m sure you’re enjoying it. Especially since you now have a nice clean and clutter free Living Room from yesterday’s homework assignment! Today will involve some teaching as well as organizing. We are working on the kid’s rooms and after doing some basic organizing you will need to take some time with each child to teach them the system. Getting the kids involved will take some of the work from you while establishing a consistent routine that will become a lifetime habit for them. Teach them to get rid of clutter now, and it will never be a problem as they grow up.
TIP 1. 5 minutes in the morning
Each morning before your child starts his or her day, have them take 5 minutes to make their bed and put dirty clothes in the hamper. You will have to remind them the first few days, but after that it will become a routine just like brushing their teeth.
TIP 2. 10 minutes before bed
Every night before your child goes to bed, have them take 10 minutes to put away any toys or games and get their outfit ready for the next morning. Building routines into the family’s schedule will keep disorder from becoming overwhelming. Tap them today in your organized home!
TIP 3. Utilize a shoe organizer for things other than shoes
Help your children learn how to organize and gain some independence by allowing them to pick out their outfits for the week. You’ll need to pick up a Hanging Shoe Organizer before hand.
For small children, fold and group complete outfits and put them in the organizer labeled by day. This makes it easy for little ones to be independent on Sunday night before bed allow your children to pick outfits for the week. In each “hole” will be a different outfit that can be removed. The night before pull out the outfit for the next day. This is a great time saver on busy mornings!
The plastic shoe organizers are also perfect for storing small toys that will get lost in a toy box, or girls hair products, elastics, bows, headbands, brushes and combs.
TIP 4. Teach your child to declutter and donate
Have your child sort through toys, books and stuffed animals. You child will pick out the ones that they would like to give to other children in need. Pick a charity that accepts these items and show them how great it can feel to give instead of receive. Do this periodically after birthdays or holidays when your child receives a lot of gifts, to keep the room clear of clutter and not become overwhelming.
For the past two years my daughter has been asking for gifts for a local organization for her Birthday! She LOVES being able to give back and will continue to do so for her upcoming birthdays!
Today’s assignment is to complete the kids rooms. Kids are like little sponges, they are always absorbing information. If you instill these simple changes they will quickly become habits and part of their daily routine. Give them some independence and responsibility after you teach them and you will notice that you don’t have so much work to do around the house. Even small children can pitch in to keep their rooms neat and organized. When you take the time to show them the system and how to maintain their space instead of just doing everything for them, it can make a world of a difference!