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Helping Your Kids Stay Organized

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Getting your kids to stay organized is one of life’s greatest mysteries. Parenting, by nature, is a messy ordeal and kids themselves aren’t always the tidiest. Mastering such a vital skill as organization can be one of the most useful things they ever learn from their guardians. Time to shelve those messy habits! So how do you help your kids become more organized?

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Keeping your kids organized

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For starters, keeping a daily routine is helpful. Once children become accustomed to keeping an organized routine it will quickly become second nature to them. So, where to begin? Plan a routine that works for you and your child, then put it to the test!

Below are a few tips to help get you started.

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Organizational bins. Whether your children are 3 or 10, bins are the way to go. Organizational bins can be used for organizing anything from school supplies to toys. Kids will easily remember where things go and there won’t be any mess.

Most adults use bins for organizational purposes, so why shouldn’t kids? Bins help keep their belongings accessible to them, which is especially helpful for things otherwise stored out of their reach. They also help teach kids the vital lesson that every item has a “home.” Who knows, they might just become home to even the smallest of your child’s Imperial toys!

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Get them to write things down. For kids who just can’t seem to remember the little things (no matter how many times you remind them), this is your saving grace. Have them create checklists for tasks so they can visually track their days. Use chalkboard paint to create --you guessed it-- a chalkboard!

Your kids can scribble notes and lists for themselves and then erase accomplished tasks when they’re ready to move on to the next big thing. It’s perhaps one of the best methods to helping your kids stay organized. It also helps develop writing skills, which is an added bonus!

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Keeping kids organzing - Bins  

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Keep an organized backpack. Having your child keep an organized backpack is a great way to develop organizational skills. Children take their backpacks with them almost everywhere they go, so naturally keeping their backpack in good order is a nifty everyday technique that has a lasting effect on their organizational habits. Start small and go big!

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Keep a study space. It could be a toy room, an art room or a school work space. Apart from the bedroom, this study space can be a miniature office for your child. Instead of taking care of business, they’ll be learning useful organizational habits. The space is also perfect for hosting activities including: school work, play time, or arts and crafts. It’s a handy space that teaches handy skills.

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Keeping kids organized - Study space

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Encourage routine cleanups. Don’t just send them to clean their room, have your child take part in cleanups. This reinforces the organizational skills that you as parents have worked so hard to instill in your children. Cleaning is an incredible method for teaching organization. The process of finding misplaced items and tidying messy areas helps kids remember where things go and why they go there. Additionally, having a helping hand assist you in cleaning around the house never hurt anyone, right?

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As with any change, provide support to your kids in this transition. Learning new skills and taking on strange roles can be daunting at a young age (remember when you were their age?), so be sure to provide help every step of the way and explain the ever present question of “why”.

Little things like printing checklists, gentle reminders, and being a part of the process is sure to help your kids learn to be and stay organized.

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Have a nifty trick you use to help teach your kids about organization? Share it with us as a comment on our Facebook page!

Thanks for stopping by and as always, we look forward to seeing how you Play Inspired!

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