Helen Norman BHG May 2015
Any parent will know and understand the cry “Clean your room!” or “tidy your room”. There is a constant battle between lost parents and their children as you try to instill a sense of value and respect for both their environment and their possessions. Instilling these values is not easy, but the following tips can help:
1. Bring it down a notch
Children see the world differently; they are closer to the ground and have a different perspective on the room and their mess. Take yourself down to their level and you may be surprised at how different it looks. Adult items may look good in their rooms but they may be difficult for your child to use; replace them with furniture, shelves and cupboard which their hands can manage.
2. Do it together and have a good time
If you get your child or children to help you organize their room you will gain an understanding of why they struggle to keep it tidy. You will then be able to address this issue and help them develop a good attitude towards organization and tidiness.
3. Keep it simple
Make it as easy as possible for your child to keep their room tidy; remove unwanted or outgrown items and provide easy to use storage boxes. Everything has a place and children will quickly learn to store things in the right place; they will be able to find it when they need it!
Plastic tubs are great for storing toys, but they must be the right size! If they have a lot of tiny parts they need to store all the parts for one item in a small container; this can then be placed safely inside the large container. This will also help you to show them the importance of tidying away when they have finished. Before they can get a new toy out all the pieces of the old toy must be put back into the relevant container.
5. Easy away
The easier it is for your children to put their belongings away the more likely they are to put them away; in general you should make it as easy as possible to put things away whilst making it difficult to get them out in the first place! For example, books can be stored in an upright file, allowing your child to select any book and then just drop them back in afterwards; in any slot. You do not need to worry about all the books falling over when getting them off the book case.
Children tend to be shorter so it is essential to put the most used items on the bottom shelves with the least used on the top shelves where they may be difficult to reach by themselves. It doesn’t matter if you use drawers, shelves or cabinets, stick to this routine and your child will not need to keep disturbing you to get a prized toy. They will also be able to return them to where they belong.
This is a good way to teach your child to be organized and to help them put things away. Label every box of toys they have, use labels and writing that is big enough for them to understand, alternatively pictures may help. This will ensure your child knows where each item belongs; it will also make it easy to change tidying up time into a final game of the day; match the object.
It can be very difficult for a child to know when and what is expected from them if the boundaries keep changing. Instead of having random tidy days and clear outs create a schedule. Your child will know when they need to tidy the room and what you expect; this will make it much easier for them to do!
There’s no need to invest thousands of dollars to keep your kids happy and pleased with the way their room looks like. Sometimes all it takes is a little ingenuity to make things work. Consider fun, playful bespoke furniture designs, colorful pillows and cushions, and drawers. This way their room will be easier to clean and they’ll even learn how to stay organized.
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