by Cassandra Merkling
(last updated June 11, 2015)
Every parent or care giver can use a little help in getting their children's rooms organized. Here are a few parenting tips for organizing children's rooms. These are quick and easy to implement, and best of all, they are usable for most ages of children. Children's rooms are best organized like kindergarten classrooms. Keep every subject area in a particular zone. Have all the bedtime things right next to or very near the bed. Have all the art project supplies together. Try to keep all the toys managed in a particular place.
When it comes to toys, children's rooms can get pretty overwhelming. A professional organizer and author I know suggests keeping toys in groups and each group in a box of its own. She says that you can name each box some big word that you think will expand your child's mind, such as "Antarctica" or "Onomatopoeia" (I mean, why not educate your child every chance you get?) and then let your child play with only one box at a time, not being able to get out a new box until the old one is put away.
Another nice idea this professional organizer had was that, if your child is old enough to play with little toys (like action figures with tiny guns or dolls with tiny high heel shoes), the box's contents be played with on a sheet. This way, when it is time to put the toys away, you simply pick up all four corners of the sheet and put the whole package into the box.
Another toy organization method she uses is that, if your child is still at the age of pulling his or her toys out and dumping them all on the ground, you use a drawstring bag for each bundle of toys and hang them all up. That way, your child can't get to the bag, and if he or she is old enough to climb up to get the bag, there is a knot in the drawstring that little fingers cannot untie without help. However, be careful that your child does not strangle him or herself with the strings of the bag (which is why it is recommended that you keep the bags hung up and away from little hands).
One last suggestion for organizing a child's room is that you keep labels or pictures of each thing in the place where it belongs. I saw this at a daycare once and thought it was a great idea because even children who were visiting for the first time would know where to put things away. This helps children who are visiting your child know how to help clean up the toys and, incidentally, helps them grow mentally by having to match the thing to the picture or label. After all, isn't the whole point of having your child's room organized in the first place so that your child can repeat the result on his or her own?
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