One of the comments that I receive often from parents is “I cannot believe how unorganized and messy my kids bedrooms are!” I ask the parents have you talked to them about organizing and teach your kids on how to keep their bedrooms organized? Or show them how to keep track of all of their school activities? And most of the time the answers to my question is no. Here are some organizing advice and tips on how to help your kids with organization when it comes to their things.
Most adults have different ways to keep track of their schedule and we all use different types of calendars. I may be old school but I prefer to use paper planners because I work best with that format and many people prefer electronic systems. One tip is to try to show your kids some of the different types of planners out there that keep track of activities and see which one may help them. You can visit the websites of the Container Store at www.containerstore.com and OfficeMax at www.officedepot.com to give them some ideas. Would it help them if the planner was a week at a glance or a daily format? Is there a lot of room to write things down on or just a small space to write for example “soccer practice?” And would they like a planner to be kept at home or have an app on their cellular phones? Also show them the benefits of having a planner so they can stay organized and learn how to plan their schedule so they don’t plan 2 things at once. Of course this all depends on the age of the child and there are some very unique and simple planners out there for younger aged kids up to kids in high school. This is also a very important lesson to learn when they go to college and they are on their own to keep their schedule in order.
The next tip on teaching your kids to be organized is to show them how to keep the things that they love in order and in a safe place. When I work with kids on organization in their bedrooms most of the things in their room they do not have an attachment to but I always find out quickly what is important to them. It may be jewelry or a certain book series or their clothes. We go through their rooms and do a big purge of items and then get to what is important to them and find the best place to keep them and/or organize the items. This is when they are excited about the project and I have their full attention! So we really focus on those things and get them sorted and organized and they are so happy once it is done and I show them how to maintain that space so it stays that way. As parents you know once you tune into what is an interest or important to your kids they are fully engaged and will listen to all you have to say!
Teaching your child the importance of organization is a great tool and life skill to have as they grow up. Also being organized will become a great asset to them in school and in their daily lives! If you need additional information or help with organization for your kids please contact me and I would be happy to help.