I know every parent wishes and hopes that their kids will be healthy, happy, educated and organized. I know you can help them achieve the first couple of things from this list, but the last one — organized kids? Now, you may be saying to yourself, that may be an impossible task!
Well, believe me, it can be done! If you have kids that are in grade school, high school or college, at every child’s age they can be organized from my organizing methods that I have listed here.
Most kids are in dire need to be organized so they can find their favorite toy, stuffed animal, books, I-pod, video games, etc. Bedrooms are made for sleeping, relaxing and enjoying time with friends in this space. Here are a few tips that all parents can do to help their kids get and stay organized.
Remember the organizing steps: sort, purge and organize. First, address what your child really needs in their bedroom. Is there too much furniture in the bedroom, are there baby toys in their room and they are teenagers now, do they need a bookcase to hold books, photo albums, electronic items? ASK them what they want and listen to them. Of course, give them what they need within reason. Their clothes are on the floor because they do not have a good place to put dirty laundry, their closet is stuffed with clothes they don’t wear so their new clothes end up on the floor or on their bed. And they need some space to put their things like electronics, papers and books.
Second, move out of the room furniture that has no purpose or function to them. Is the dresser not working for them and a closet organizing system would work better for them organizationally? Sort through all paperwork in the room. All school work papers should be kept in a separate space in their bedroom — either a bin, basket or filing system. Then, at the end of the school year, they can be thrown out or put in a memory box for schoolwork.
Next, check the sizes of the clothes to see if they still fit. This is an easy step for kids because they will never fit into those clothes again. Not like adults and their clothes (this is another topic for another day!) If the clothes do not fit your kids, pass them along as hand-me-downs to other kids or donate them. Also, sort through the books and put them in a bookcase in the room. If they do not all fit, identify the ones they like and keep them in the bedroom, and disperse the rest throughout the house in bookcases.
Third, after sorting and purging the items, organize what is left. In kids’ rooms, there should only be clothes, books and toys (this should be limited as to the age of the child). There are some great organizing bins or baskets for kids and teens and college kids at Target, Container Store or Home Goods. They are able to organize their items in a way that is functional and have a look that is only unique to them.
I have worked with numerous kids organizing their bedrooms and they love the end result. This space is theirs, so give them the peace of organization and believe me, they will take these methods with them throughout their lives.