Another week is upon us, moms! I know many of us are back into the swing of things with school and work schedules, and before we know it you might find yourself standing in a messy house, kids’ papers EVERYWHERE and honestly not a clue where to start. And that’s all happening BEFORE soccer or gymnastics begins! So….let’s chat this week about how to start teaching our kids all about organization.
Kids Do Not Learn by Accident
Some kids are naturally more organized than others. My son hardly ever has a messy room, however give my daughter five minutes and it seems as if every item she owns is dragged out of the playroom and is laying all over the house! AHHHH! : ) Even though our children can be different, as the parent YOU set the tone. They do not learn by accident. You must teach them how to be organized and along with it the benefits that come with being organized. How can we do this? Here are some ideas:
Ideas to Change Things around Your Place
- Create a designated landing zone for bookbags, lunch boxes, shoes, paperwork, etc. Click here for a video on how I’ve organized a very small area in my home for just this!
- Create a checklist for each child and pin or tape it on their door. Pick up some fun stickers so they “sticker” their way to a fun treat or prize for picking up their stuff
- Create a list on the refrigerator of one small age-appropriate task that each child can do. One idea for an older child might be to water the plants outside. Other ideas could be taking out the trash or unloading the dishwasher
- Create a designated area for your children to do homework. Make sure that each child has a quiet, individual place for themselves without distraction to concentrate. Teach them to work alone for as long as possible and come and ask you all of their questions at once.
Benefits of Organization to Children
Sometimes the biggest excuse for not getting organized is the infamous “I don’t have time.” Honestly, though, moms, we really DON’T have time to be running around looking for the lost stuffed animal or field trip permission slip. Instead, take some time today or this next weekend to help get your children organized, then make it a game for week 1. At the end of the first week, use these questions to reflect on what is different:
- “What was different about this week? Did you feel like you had more time because you could find everything?”
- “Did you like having a new area to place all of your stuff?”
- “Did you feel like you had more time to play?”
- “Wasn’t it fun that we got to play that board game because we weren’t trying to locate all of the game pieces?”
As with many things kid-related, the change must first start with us. If they see us running around like a chicken with our hair on fire, they will likely do the same, and feel all of the same stress in the process. However, if you will take the time to SLOW DOWN and teach your kids (and yourself!) the importance of organization, then design some new solutions, you’ll hopefully find some needed peace in your home.
What is the biggest roadblock to getting your kids to be more organized?