I love having organisation. I used to organise all of Aaron’s T-shirts by colour. My wardrobe was organised by sleeve length. All of my other clothes used to be folded nicely and put in the appropriate drawer. Not anymore. Ever since we had kids, I find it hard to maintain organisation. Our room strongly resembles a tip (dump). Our closets are full of just-shoved-them-in-there clothes. I really need to get back on the organisation bandwagon. Lucky for me, today’s guest post is all about organisation:
Disorganisation can manifest itself in several aspects of your child’s life, such as grades and relationships. Organising your son or daughter’s room, knapsack and life can profoundly impact his or her school performance, relationships and attitude. Luckily for the frustrated mums of disorganised kids, it’s possible to bring about peace without breaking into your child’s university fund.
Remove the Clutter
The first step to overhauling your child’s life is removing any clutter from his bedroom and knapsack. Begin by helping your child dig through his dresser drawers, closet and under the bed. Take everything you find and divide the items into three piles: toss, keep and donate. Toss out any garbage, broken toys, older school assignments and outdated clothing. When it comes to donating gadgets, toys and clothes, allow your child input on what stays and what goes. As a rule, donate anything your child hasn’t touched in the past year. Keep any clothing that fits your child, toys he plays with often or gadgets he uses frequently.
The Necessary Organisational Tools
Now that the clutter is eliminated from your tot’s space, it’s time to provide him with the necessary tools to ensure the previous level of disorganisation and chaos never occurs again. For instance, consider installing a second rod in your child’s closet, especially if he’s too small to reach his clothing. The second rod also helps older children keep their school and play clothing separate. Three to four labeled plastic storage bins can keep your child’s room neat and tidy as well. Divide everything that can’t be stored in a closet, on a shelf or in a dresser into three piles, such as toys, gadgets, art supplies or miscellaneous. Put the items in the tote and stress that this is where they belong when not in use.
Observe the places your adolescent or teen studies, writes essays or reads books for school. Chances are it’s an area other than his desk, which is likely covered in other items. Keep your teen or adolescent’s mind focused on homework by clearing off the desk and designating it as a study area. Remove any distractions from the space, including stereos, televisions and video game systems. Provide your teen with a bright reading light as well as pens, paper and anything else required to complete his homework. Help your scholar stay motivated by designating a “study hour,” such as after dinner or before bed. During study hour, your child is at his desk and nowhere else.
You’ve gone to great pains to keep your child organised and on-task at home. Unfortunately, you cannot be at school to make sure his locker and knapsack are the same. At the end of each week, help your child perform a thorough cleanout of his school bag. Remind him to remove any unnecessary paperwork or garbage. Go ahead and help your younger child perform this cleanout, but don’t be surprised if your teenager won’t let you near his knapsack. When it comes to your adolescent or teen’s locker, provide him with some inexpensive organisational tools. From small plastic baskets to magnetic hooks, there are several cost-effective options to keep your teen’s locker from turning into a mess.
The most effective and inexpensive way to keep your child organised is to be consistent. Instead of punishing him for not throwing dirty clothes into his hamper, provide your child with a reward system for keeping his room and knapsack tidy.
Keeping your child’s life in order doesn’t need to cost a small fortune, both at school and at home. Another way to keep everything in its place, including your child’s knapsack at school, is by placing kids labels on his shirt collars, books and anything someone else could mistakenly grab.
About the Author: Andrea Miller is a guest blogger and mum. Andrea is currently writing a series of blogs to help other mums stay organized on a budget
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