Kids and clutter go hand-in-hand. Getting organized is something they’re more likely to do if you make it easy for them. These 5 tips will help you do that. Before you start putting things away, you’ll want to de-clutter the room. My tips on what to keep and what to toss will help you with that. You’ll also want to check out 7 Tips for Organizing Your Storage and 5 Daily Routines to Keep You Organized. Not only will these help you with your kids’ storage, but they’ll also help you with yours. Now for some ideas specifically aimed at helping kids keep their rooms organized.
Getting Organized: Tips for Kids’ Rooms
1 Use a basket to collect shoes. Kids tend to leave their shoes laying around all over the house. Getting them to put their shoes away neatly in the closet is often a losing battle. What’s a solution? Place a large basket in the closet, a corner of the room or wherever it’s most convenient. Before they go to bed at night, ask them to toss their shoes in the basket. That way the shoes are all collected in one spot and not strewn about the house.
2 Give them their own hamper. What is it with kids and dirty clothes? It’s sometimes easier to find Waldo than all of last week’s dirty clothes. If you don’t want to play hunt and find when it’s time to do the laundry, put a hamper in their bedroom. You can use a regular hamper, hanging tote bag or even a pillow case. The idea isn’t to be fancy. It’s to provide them with one place where they put all their clothes that need to be washed.
3 Gather small stuff in a bowl. Kids have lots of little tiny things they just can’t part with. To keep all those things together, store them in a plastic bowl or tub with a lid on it. Empty butter and whipped topping tubs work great for this. Let them personalize it by decorating it with craft paper or stickers. About once a month, go through the “collection” to weed out any broken or unusable items.
4 Corral stuffed animals in wire hamper. It’s hard to resist adorable stuffed animals. That’s probably why they’re often given as gifts. One way to manage the stuffed menagerie is to store them in a wire hamper. The sides are open, making it easy to access the ones that aren’t on top. Plus, you’re child will be able to see all of them at a glance.
5 Take advantage of the space under the bed. Neatly store things under the bed by using drawers, boxes or bins with wheels so they slide underneath. Make sure they have handles that kids can easily grasp, so they can pull it out to get what they want. When they’re done playing, they can throw eveything back in the bin and slide it under the bed, out of the way.
Getting organized and staying that way isn’t something that has to be an uphill battle for your kids. If you make it easy for them, they’re more apt to do it. Find some way to reward them for keeping things picked up and put away. You could make a game out of it or even have a weekly contest to see who does the best. You know what works for your family. Have fun with it!