When organizing a child’s room, solutions must fit the child.
For organizing younger children closets, remove the doors entirely.
Functional options include:
- Lower clothing rods help younger children to get their clothing with no or little assistance from parents. Invest in child-sized hangers.
- Floor-level open containers can be helpful for holding toys, to store socks and underwear.
- Cubbies are great for placing sweaters, bins of toys, stuffed animals, a craft basket or one filled with homework supplies like pens, papers, pencils, etc.
Bring your child into the process
Resist the urge to wade into the mess alone. Do this with your child. This is a very important part of the process for you to complete with your child – it’s what works for them. Young children even at the age of 4 or 5 love to be involved.
These are great life skills that when learned young are very effective and have lasting results.
Threats of “You will keep this room clean!” won’t help the problem:
The goal is to teach your children organization skills and maintenance methods.
You are working as your child’s guide.
- What’s working
- Not working
- What is important to your child
- Finally, what’s causing the problems?
If your child wants to get organized ask why he/she would like to get organized. The solution to what their needs or challenges are will come from their answer.
Children’s rooms are usually small, often shared, and generally lack function or built-in storage. Yet these rooms are host to out-of-season and outgrown clothing, extra toys, and even household overflow from other rooms. Kids can’t stay organized when the closet is crammed, the drawers are stuffed, and toys cover every square inch of the carpet.
The Solution: Sort, Purge and Store.
Begin with sorting clothing.
Store out-of-season clothing
Give away outgrown clothing or pack and store away for another child to wear later.
Rather than using bins that take up lots of space, I recommend the use of space bags that save space, help you visually identify what is in the bags and can be easily stored on the top shelf of a closet, under the bed or in the basement in a designated storage area.
Keep it simple!
Does your son really wear all 23 T-shirts crowding his drawer?
Remove the extras so the remainder can stay neat and orderly in the available space.
Stayed tuned for Part Two – Organizing Kids Rooms from the Living Organized® 101 Series