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The key to teaching our children valuable organizing skills is to create simple solutions that they can easily understand, which in turn can make cleaning their room seem more of a game than a chore.
Downsize: Much like any organizing project, teach your kids the art of simplicity by weeding out the toys they hardly play with, have outgrown or don’t like. This lesson can be accompanied by the valuable gift of giving as you show them that these toys will undoubtedly be donated to Goodwill or a local shelter to help a kid less fortunate.
Categorize: baby bottle heater Take the remaining piles of toys and separate them into categories such as blocks, cars, action figures, Barbie’s, books and dolls.
Plan: Using your child, create simple organizing solutions for all your toy categories you made. If your son or daughter feels involved right away, they will most likely adhere to the system they helped to build up.
Organize: Listed below are six simple solutions you and your child can explore and discuss to help get their toys in order.
? Keep each toy category organized by placing them in clear plastic labeled containers. These can easily be stored in your child’s closet or beneath their bed. Clear plastic bins helps it be easier for the child to see what inside each container so that they can easily put their toys away within their appropriate home.
? Plastic shoebox containers are ideal for containing smaller toys or accessories such as for example hot wheels and Barbie clothing. For instance, my daughter kept all her Barbie’s as well as a separate accessory container stored together in a single large plastic container.
? Install height appropriate & adjustable shelving round the perimeter of your child’s room. Designate and label areas on the shelf to help keep stuffed animals, games, books and collectibles neat and off the floor.
? Over the door shoe bags may also be a great alternative to keep smaller toys organized, visible and contained in their own-labeled pocket.
? Open big bins or laundry baskets make a great home for storing larger items such as sports gear, blocks and bulky toys.
? Because of allergies and dust mites, I’m not a big fan of allowing children to keep a large collection on stuffed animals. In order to avoid conflicts, I compromised by placing most of them in a toy hammock which hung in the corner of my daughters room. These can take a large amount of your child’s stuffed favorites tucked away in a corner and off the ground. On a side note, even adults may have a hard time parting with these snuggly friends. My son’s wife, an avid Disney enthusiast and collector of all things Tigger, actually has a magazine rack from a vintage shop which she uses to help keep her stuffed Tiggers’ off the floor and displayed neatly.
To help your son or daughter remember what proper container or shelves their toys ought to be returned to, tape an image (for non-readers) or colorful sticky with the word (for readers) of the toy in its appropriate spot.
Acknowledge: Take time to acknowledge your child’s accomplishments in this new organizing endeavor. Over time, the lessons taught organizing their toys will become a habit, which will spill over into all aspects of their home and school life.