I hope you are all enjoying the summer months so far! The kids are home and may be bored at times so why not give them and yourself a project to get their bedrooms in order before school starts soon. I have a few tips and ideas that can help you and your kids with organization in your kids bedrooms. The tips here are for kids in grade school all the way up to college.
• Start with the clothes in the child’s bedroom. Determine if the clothes are too small or worn out. Then either save them for a younger sibling, neighbor or relative or donate them to charity. If they are ripped or worn out, it is ok to discard them because it is not worth donating clothes that are not in the best of shape.
• Arrange the clothes in the closet so the child can reach them and have easy access to them. For example, tee-shirts, pants or shorts. Also as your child gets taller, their clothes hang too low for some of the hanging space and the rods can be adjusted so the clothes fit better. Also you can try to adjust the hanging space for tall kids so their clothes hang properly in the closet.
• Sort through all of the toys in the bedroom. Does your child still play with them? Have they outgrown them? Toys can then to be thrown away, donated or put in a memory box for safekeeping.
• Put only one big bin in the room for the toys that they play with consistently. The rest of the toys should be put in a playroom if the house has one. They should not be all over the house, but should be centralized if possible.
• Keep all books in a bookcase in the room. In a bookcase you can store books, display some memory items and papers for the child.
• If you have a desk in your child’s bedroom, make room on the desk for homework, if they are at the age for homework. A lot of the time the child has small items or things they keep on the desktop. Have a separate bin or drawer that the items can be stored in. Sometimes the child uses that space as a display area and that is fine.
• Every child’s bedroom should have a wastebasket in it. They need a place to throw away paper, tissues, etc. So when you or your child clean up the room, you have a place for garbage to go instead of on the floor.
• ASK your child what they need in their room. A lot of items land on the floor because they do not have a specific place for things. Many parents are surprised to discover that when they ask their kids what they need to keep their room tidy, the kids will tell them. It may be they need a bigger dresser for their tops or pants to fit into or need more shelving for books.
• MOST IMPORTANT— everything should have a “home.” Clothes in the closet, toys in a toy bin/basket, books in a bookcase. This will teach the child where everything should go to stay organized.
These are just a few ideas and tips to help keep your kids room organized and a place where they can have their friends come over. I have worked with many families with kids and I always enjoy working with the kids and getting their bedrooms set up that works for them. Also getting it organized so they learn how to keep their clothes, books and school items in order and it is a calming place for them.
If you have any questions for me or would like additional information on how I can help you and your family with organization in your kids bedroom, please contact me. Thank you and I hope you all have a wonderful summer!