Helping Kids Get Organized this Summer
As summer approaches, you should probably start thinking about getting the house organized. Summer brings on so many activities and out-of-the-ordinary events, that it’s easy to lose things (including our minds) if we aren’t organized. One of the toughest aspects regarding summer organization is getting the kids on board…after all, they’re home the entire summer, right?
Below are some suggestions for how you can get your children organized in a way where they will continue the organization throughout the summer.
1. De-Clutter the Closets – The first thing you should do regardless of what age your kids are is go through their closets. Throw out all clothes that no longer fit or are not worn at least twice a month. Now, if you have formal dresses and/or boys tuxedos in the closets, then keep them ONLY if they still fit as these items will obviously not be worn twice a month.
Next, separate the clothes into groups. For example, take all the dress clothes and hang them up beside each other. Then, group all the “good” clothes in a group and finally hang the “weekend” clothes together. You should also group jeans, shorts and slacks together too. This makes the clothes easy to find (and store) for both you and your kids.
2. Get Some Storage Containers – If you have young children, then you are fully aware of how much “clutter” there can be as toys are likely everywhere. Help solve the problem by buying some storage containers and organizing the toys. For instance, blocks go in one, Legos in another, cars in another, and so on… Storage containers come in all shapes, sizes and colors too, making it easy to store items on shelves, desks or even under the bed! And, storage containers aren’t just for young children – they also make organizing for older kids and teens easier too.
3. Start a Habit – They say that it only takes 21 days of doing something consistently to make a habit (less than a month). Summer is 3 months long, giving you plenty of time to train your kids to make organization and cleanliness a habit. Every night before bed, conduct room checks to make sure your kids have put away everything in their rooms, leaving the floor clean and toy-free. It may seem burdensome at first, but remember…it only takes 21 days of these regular room checks to make it a habit. Hopefully, by the time school starts back up, your kids will be used to clean and orderly rooms and will keep the habit going!