If you’re like most mothers, keeping your home tidy is sometimes a never-ending battle. Add the holidays, decorating, cooking and cleaning to the mix, and things can get chaotic. Teaching your children good organizational skills will not only help you, but will stay with them for a lifetime. Check out some great tips for tidy kids and some of our favorite items to help you get your home in order.
1. Kids Love a Routine (and so do we!)
Scheduling is always one of the more important steps to good organization. Keeping morning and evening routines helps children to know what to expect and when. Same with meal times. Display reminders about packing lunch, homework, and getting dressed in the kitchen or bedroom. Give kids their own personalized calendar such as the one below, so they can keep track of days and months.
2. There’s a Place for Everything
When it comes to play rooms and children’s bedrooms, the more shelves, cubbies and labeled baskets, the better. Show your kids that there should be a place for everything and it should be put back in that same place every time. Organize their closet with labeled bins that are reachable. Keep books on a shelf by size, subject or author, or try our Personalized Soft Canvas Sling Shelf, to keep books from being damaged. Display by front or back cover instead of spine.
Our Days of the Week Hanging Organizers will foster a sense of independence in your little ones, and they won’t need to ask you, “What clothes should I wear?”
Days of the Week Hanging Organizers are designed to fit over the door, and help to take the hassles out of the morning rush! Five large and five small, double-stitched, PVC accordion-style pockets! 19 1/2″ x 62″, 600-denier poly. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. The large pockets are 13 1/4″ x 10″ H, small pockets are 4 1/2″ x 10″ H. Both are “accordion-style” pockets that expand to 1 1/2″ deep. Personalize for free. $26.99
3. Keep Chores Chart Front and Center
Keep their chores front and center with Melissa & Doug’s Magnetic Responsibility Chart. This dry-erase board comes with two fabric-hinged boards; one shows the days and one holds the
89 responsibility/reward magnets. It’s a great way to encourage kids to do their chores while getting rewarded.
4. Be strict about Naps and Bedtime
Sleep habits are critical to the growth of your children. “Sleep is the power source that keeps your mind alert and calm, ” says Dr. Marc Weissbluth in his book Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child. “Every night and at every nap, sleep recharges the brain’s battery. Sleeping well increases brainpower just as weight-lifting builds stronger muscles, because sleeping well increases your attention span and allows you to be physically relaxed and mentally alert at the same time. Then you are at your personal best.” Having a proper sleep schedule will also help the whole family plan around specific times.
Put your kids to sleep with their favorite doll or stuffed animal. Or better yet, try our Hooty Heatable Owls, filled with flaxseed and French lavender. Microwaveable owls also spread healing warmth on aches and pains or soothes you to sleep.
5. Make a rule: One New Toy In, One Out
To prevent a backlog of under-used toys, make a rule with your children: If you get one new gift, give one away. Not only will this rule help to avoid clutter, it’s a good opportunity to give a needy child a toy, especially during the holidays.