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8 Ideas for Organizing Your Child's Room
Clean your room. Ugh! Oh, Mom. I'll do it later! This same dialog is shared by millions of parents and their children all over the world. Do you suddenly have the driving urge to get your childs room in order? Where do you start? Here are a few ideas:
SCHEDULE. Schedule a specific date and time to clean out your childs room. Your daughter or son, if she or he is old enough, should be there to help.
DUMP OR DONATE. Have a large box on hand for items you will be donating to your local charity or selling at a rummage sale. Also, have a large plastic garbage bag--maybe two or three--for everything you will be disposing of. Your son or daughter can help here. Let them know that every item that is of no use to them, that they donate, will be helping another child. Also, tell them that its important to discard anything that will never be used, to make room for new, useful items.
CLOTHES CLOSET. The clothes closet is usually a good place to start. Pull everything out until its completely empty. Then, the only items that should be returned to the closet are those articles of clothing or other items that are going to be used again. This should eliminate clothing that doesnt fit, is worn out, and so on. If youre not sure if an item fits your child anymore, have him or her try it on right now.
BASEBALL CAPS. Hang a baseball cap rack on the back of your childs bedroom door to keep all caps neat and organized. Ensure its at a reachable level for your child and that he/she understands the proper way to hang the caps on it.
SHOES. A shoe rack can keep children's shoes organized, easily accessible and in one place. Show your child how to organize shoes, keeping all pairs together and separating dress shoes from casual.
STUFFED ANIMALS, TOYS AND GAMES. Put up shelves in childrens rooms. This is usually a better solution for toy storage versus containers, because the toys wont get crushed and will be easily obtainable. Make sure the shelves are at a reasonable height so that your child can reach wanted items.
PAPER. Create a filing system for your child, to keep artwork, rock star photos, blank paper, notes from family and friends, etc. Use a portable filing container that is capable of holding hanging files and that can be transported to someplace else if necessary. The ones with handles are nice, since they can be transported to different homes, on vacation, and so on. Some of these containers have snap-shut compartments for pens, pencils, clips, and more. 8.
RESPONSIBILITY. Teach your children to clean and organize as soon as theyre old enough to do so. If you help them do this now, you will be helping them when theyre old enough to move out on their own. Devise a simple daily checklist for maintenance. If you have two children sharing the same room, divide the room in half with an imaginary line. Describe this imaginary line to each child. Assign each one the responsibility of keeping their side clean and organized.
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