A place for everything and everything in its place is the how the old saying goes. It’s the mark of an organized home. One area that always needs organizing in the home is in the kids’ rooms. Seasonal events like birthdays, the holidays, or a new school year bring fresh motivation to the drive to get kids organized. But, how do you help your child organize and clean up in the bedroom?
Get down to your child’s eye level to help him or her get organized. Look at your child’s space, storage, furniture, and possessions from his or her vantage point. The view may surprise you.
Adult furniture and organizing systems don’t translate well to children’s needs. Sticky dresser drawers are hard for small hands to manage. Folding closet doors pinch fingers and jump their rails when pushed from the bottom. Closet hanging rods are out of reach, while adult hangers don’t fit smaller clothing.
To organize a child’s room, solutions must fit the child. For younger children, remove closet doors entirely. Lower clothing rods and invest in child-sized hangers. Use floor-level open containers to hold toys, open plastic baskets to store socks and underwear.
Look at the organization process as a learning activity, and put the focus on the child. As his or her guide, survey what’s working, what’s not, what’s important to the child, what’s causing the problems, and why the child wants to get organized. When you partner with your child you stand a better chance of devising an organization scheme and system that makes sense for him or her. If they are involved in the effort, children are better able to understand the organizational logic and maintain an organized room.
Children’s rooms are usually small and generally lack built-in storage. Yet these rooms are host to out-of-season and outgrown clothing, surplus toys, and even household overflow from other rooms. The solution is to sort, store, and simplify. Begin with clothing and sort it out. Store out-of-season or outgrown clothing elsewhere. Last, simplify! Remove extra clothing so the remainder can stay neat and orderly.
Toy boxes and open shelves are no place to store children’s possessions, particularly those involving many tiny parts. Contain toys and other belongings before you store. Use plastic shoebox containers for smaller toys, larger lidded bins for blocks trucks, and cars and lightweight cardboard boxes for stuffed animals.
When it comes to keeping kids’ rooms organized for the long haul, labels save the day! Use a computer printer to make simple graphic labels for young children. Pictures of socks, shirts, dolls or blocks help remind the child where these items belong. Enhance reading skills for older children by using large-type word labels.
Help children stop the messy cycle by building maintenance routines into the family’s day. In the morning, those responsible straightens the comforter, returns the pillow to the bed, and gets yesterday’s clothing to the laundry hamper. Building routines into the family’s schedule will keep disorder from becoming overwhelming.
When you have the right closet system in place, these tips above will do wonders for you and your child. Consider a custom closet design company in Makefield to help you. Once you have an effective closet system in place, the rest will work itself out.