Children have the same need to be organized that adults do. Think about it. They have academic and personal demands on their time, and on top of that they're still figuring out who they are. It's a lot to ask of a young person. But when they're organized, life is easier on them and you. They juggle schoolwork and extracurricular activities better. You relax because there are fewer manic mornings and frantic searches for missing stuff. Both of you take pleasure in having more time to spend together doing what you enjoy.
When children learn to get organized, they are skills they can use in school, in their careers and throughout their lives. Organizing principles can be learned. Now is the time to teach them to your children.
Make organizing systems simple for children to understand and easy for them to use
*Boost your children's organizing skills with this concept: everybody needs a home/ Help them designate a place where each toy lives. They understand the reasoning being "knowing where you live so you don't get Lost."
*Buy shallow storage bins for toys so kids don't have to empty them out to get at what's in the bottom. Let your children pick out and decorate their own storage containers. The more they like their system, the more likely they are to use it.
*Even if container are see-through, be sure to label them. Your children will know where to find toys and where to put them back if the contents are clearly identified. If you have youngsters who can't read yet, tape a picture to the container.
Spring is here, it's a good time to start teaching your kids new skills.