With the start of a new year comes New Year’s resolutions. One popular resolution is to get more organised. That’s a great goal but it can be much easier to make that resolution than it is to keep it. This is particularly true for parents.
It is one thing to organise yourself; trying to get everyone else in your family organised is a different challenge. Here are ways to help get your children involved with organising. Not only can this result in a cleaner home now (and less time trying to find misplaced items) but it can also help to build skills that your kids can use throughout their lives – sounds good, doesn’t it? Let’s get started:
Make It Personal
The first way to get children involved with organising is to help to make the project fun and personal for them. Name labels that are personalised with the graphics of their choice will delight kids. They’ll be eager to find places to stick the labels so that’ll make them willing participants in your grand labelling and organisation efforts.
Kids love colour and variety. Rather than asking them to organise their belongings in boring boxes or chests, pick out colourful bins. Let your child use bins or boxes in their favourite colours. Decorating them with name label labels and other stickers will help to get your child involved in the process and interested in the project.
Get Them Involved
Rather than simply organising your children’s toys and other belongings and then expecting them to maintain your plan, try to get your children involved. If they’re old enough, ask them to think about how they would like their items sorted. It might not be the same system you would use (all the pink clothes together, perhaps?) but it will help your children become invested in the process.
Getting children interested in how things could be organised also helps to develop reasoning skills they’ll need in school. Try to make putting away their toys or clothes a part of their regular daily routine so it becomes a habit. You can make a game of it by seeing how quickly (and how well!) they can put their belongings away.
Highlight the Benefits
Rather than a chore, try to make getting organised fun and positive. Point out the positive aspects of sorting their belongings. Benefits include making it easier for them to find what they’re looking for, having more room to play, and keeping their rooms looking nicer.
Remember that your children will have their own feelings about their belongings. For example, stuffing a favourite doll into a bin might be upsetting for a child – so perhaps they’d prefer to have her propped up on a shelf, or sat by the lamp on the bedside table?
Involving your children in these major organisational decisions will help to encourage their cooperation. So get ready to work together on getting things tidy again – you’ll all be happier for it!