During the past few weeks, I’ve learned that road construction, exposed internet lines, and enthusiastic grass mowing can indeed be a bad combination. We’ve been without internet for
an ETERNITY going on two weeks now, but so far, I have survived.
Still, it has been much too quiet on the blog lately. That is why I am happy to introduce my friend, Sofia, who volunteered to share her organizing tips with us today. (Sofia is from London, so be sure to read this post with that crisp, lovely English accent.)
HOW TO ORGANIZE A KID’S ROOM
Millions of parents around the world dread the messy rooms of their children, having to resort to absolute conditions and stiff rules to make sure they stay clean and organized. With annual events like birthdays or holidays and the jump to a new school, children may in fact get a boost and help keep things organized all on their own. So how does one get the help of their children when cleaning up their room? Well, the following tips will give you an idea what can be done and how you can approach the subject in a more calm and collected way:
- Think Like a Child
You must get down to the height of your kids to understand how you can get things organized more efficiently. Check the space they have, as well as their possessions, storage and furniture pieces and see how you can improve upon them. Adult furniture doesn’t exactly work very well with small children, so you will need to consider other options. Folding closet doors may pinch fingers and hurt them, sticky dresser drawers can be pretty hard for small hands to deal with, closet hanging rods are too high and out of reach and so forth. If you really want to do some organizing the right way, then you will need to work on making things easier for your little ones. Remove closet doors entirely if you have small children, place some lower clothing rods and purchase smaller hangers for their clothes. Use containers for toys that are on the floor level, such as open plastic baskets or similar choices.
- Making a Checklist
You should figure out a checklist and a routine for maintenance and cleaning of the room, for example at least once each week. This will allow you to keep things under control and easier to handle.
- Bringing the Child Into Organizing
You should not have to deal with everything yourself, as kids can also help a great deal during the work you have to do. There is no sense in making the situation worse by telling your kids they have to do it or they’re grounded. You can think about it as a way of making it a learning activity if you handle it right. You can be a guide to your child, allowing them to understand why they need to organize things and how it benefits them in the long run. Ask questions and make sure your child tells you what works for them and go from there, as they will be the ones living in the room you’re planning on organizing. Proper feedback is key to success in this case, as you will have a much better chance at figuring things out together than by yourself.
- Storing and Simplifying
Kids’ rooms are usually pretty small and often shared, so you will need to consider what useful storage you can create in the room. As long as the closet is crammed full and the drawers are filled too, your kids will have a hard time organizing anything. Downsizing may be a viable option if you need more space, but you should look for more storage alternatives if you can.
About the Author: Sofia Lewis is a passionate freelance article writer and blogger. She is inspired by home improvement projects and writes mainly about cleaning, organization, home decor, and other home related topics.