Teaching kids to organize can seem impossible.
I totally get it. I teach people to organize for a living. And I look at my kid's organizing skills sometimes and say "what am I doing wrong here?!?"
Today I chat with my friend Jessica who is at her wit's end with her young daughter and all the "stuff" in her room. But by then end of our discussion, Jessica has some solid tactics to not only get her daughter's room more organized but to involve her daughter in the process so the strategies will have a better chance of sticking.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR CHAT
- If teaching your kids to organize and control clutter is important to you, schedule frequent times to work on small areas of their rooms or stuff.
- Jessica had a "temporary" toy bin to hold items that aren't supposed to stay in the house long. But the system wasn't working as well as Jessica had hoped. I suggested she revisit the box more often so the toys actually seem temporary and not so new.
- It's good to encourage kids to figure out what is important TO THEM, not what you tell them is important. This helps them to learn it is ok to pick what feels important to them versus what someone else tells them they "should" like or keep.
- Take your kids organizing suggestions or ideas into account when looking for systems or containers. Because the system may work better for them if they feel like they had a part in creating it.
- Start with the most basic version of tasks for kids. Then make it more complicated as they master the basic version.
- Give kids parameters for their stuff. Because learning to live within a set space is a great lesson for kids to learn.
If you would like a copy of the "Questions to Help You Help Your Kid Organize" mentioned in the video, you can find a copy HERE.
And, of course, I wouldn't forget the recipe for the delicious Palomas we are sipping on during our discussion.
1/4 C. Grapefruit Juice (Fresh Squeezed Recommended)
1/4 C. Tequila
1 T. Fresh Lime Juice
1 t. Sugar
Optional: Salt for rim
Combine juices and tequila in cocktail shaker and shake to mix. Salt rim of glass and fill with ice. Pour juice/tequila mixture over ice then top off with club soda. Enjoy!
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