The cry of millions of parents ringing out from their homes as their children come back from school is to keep their rooms clean! Does this ring a bell in your mind too? Is this the everyday story going on in your house as well? You can calm much of this clutter and bring order to your child’s room by helping them organize and clean up their rooms. Seasonal and rare events like birthdays, new school year, holidays etc. might motivate your children to get a bit organized. One easy organization strategy involves taking the child’s view and opinion. You have to get down to your child’s level to help them out. Take a look at the space, storage facility available, furniture and the possessions from their point of view as the adult furniture and organization don’t go well with children’s needs.
The dresser drawers are difficult to manage for the small hands of your child. The folding closet doors can pinch their fingers into it. The closet hanger rods are mostly out of reach for the tiny tots. The traditional toy boxes are jumbled with toy parts scattered around. These are few common difficulties faced by most children which as adults we are quite unaware of, aren’t we? You can greatly overcome these difficulties with a little bit of logical thinking and planning going hand in hand. You can remove the closet doors for the younger children and lower the hanger rods. You can purchase floor-level opening containers for the toys and open plastic baskets for their garments. This way you can organize your child’s room to a great extent. Each time you find mess in your child’s room, stop screaming on top of your voice and force them to clean it. Rather, make your child feel responsible for maintaining the decorum in their room by tailoring the effort to them. You can simply device a daily check list for maintenance as well, doesn’t it sound workable? You need to teach your children the organization skills and various methods of maintenance than threaten them each time you want the clutter and mess to be cleared. You can also try making the organization process more of a learning and fun activity than a binding rule each time. You can devise an organization scheme that makes more sense to your children by partnering with them. They can better understand the logic behind maintenance when they are involved in effort, isn’t it?
Besides, children’s rooms are usually smaller and shared by their siblings. Their closets are crammed, drawers stuffed, playthings and toys cluttered all over the carpet. They hold back outgrown clothing, surplus toys and other things overflow too. You can begin with storing the outgrown clothing and surplus toys elsewhere. The overcrowding from the drawers can be reduced by sorting out the clothing preferred and worn by your child. Once the extra material is removed, the remainder can stay neat and orderly. You can swapthe toys in the toy baskets for other play things that you had kept in the store room. This way, the playthings that have lost their savor can regain their freshness and interest for the children. Considering the short stature of your child, organization must always begin from bottom of the room to the top. The most commonly used toys must be placed in the lower shelves and the higher ones should be for the less frequented possessions. You can also go creative and have graphical labels for younger children. Pictures of shirts, socks, dolls etc. will help them remember where the things belong. For the older ones, you can have large font sized labels in different colors. You can also make a simple yet interesting game of match with the label. This way, your child will enjoy organizing the room by placing the toys and other possessions in the appropriate place according to the label.
You can also help your child understand the importance of cleaning the room by making an everyday routine for them. This can be every morning pick up of things, tidying the pillows and bedding, previous days clothing going in to the laundry and the evening pick up again before going to bed. Rather than making it a binding rule for the child to clean up once every month and waste the entire day, you can make them realize that if things are kept tidy routinely then it will save them from the mess and effort!