Organizing your kids and having them keep it that way!
First off you need to edit out and see what you have left to organize before you begin any system.
Kids are actually quite used to everything having a place and having to be a part of putting it back. They thrive on the success of getting things in the right place. At school everything is labeled or has a place, so let’s keep that same action going at home.
Keeps things simple, clean and organized. But most importantly, at your child’s eye level and within arms reach. Try to keep out-of-season inventory out of the way.
Expandable Bar, Life At Home, Real Canadian Super Store, $19.99
More things are not helpful. All their clothes should be able to fit in their room. If there is overflow, you have too much stuff.
Two baskets keep small things (that get passed on once it’s full) or bigger incoming items making rotating the items an ongoing practice.
Each child has its own type/colour of hanger and own laundry bin which makes it easier for distributing from the laundry room as kids should be putting away their own laundry.
Felt slim profile hangers, Homesense, $6.99
The third upper closet bin is for keepsakes. So they can dump/place/toss into the bin through out the school year and then at the end of the school year, this closet bin gets edited and emptied into the real keepsake bin. They make their own choices about what to keep.
There are also digital websites to host your child’s art projects that you can share with family once you have taken a picture of it. Artsomia or ArtKive
Morning and bedtime routines help solidify the actions so we keep to the organization. They can see everything they own. They are a part of putting it away If something is missing, we know quickly ie hat or mitts as it is not in it’s place.
Just like with adults, when we can see everything we have we are more inclined to use everything we have. Also means we won’t ask for what we don’t need. Kids understand things have to be removed to get something new.
I provide the storage container for toys and it’s their choice and in their control about which toys to keep in that limited space. It’s also good to reference back on when birthday’s or gift-receiving to know what they have and what they are using.
Divide toys based on the use – common – keep low and easily accessible, less frequent – move higher.
Easy access baskets, Homesense, $12.99 –small, $16.99 – large
With everything in a bin, you can rotate out and in toys to keep them fresh. 2-3 bins accessible at a time, the others in a cupboard.
Underbed storage is a great place for toys, games and books. Especially for those sharing bedrooms. It’s their sacred place.
Skubb soft side small storage bins, Ikea, $9.99
Stuffies have one spot to go. Anymore and some need to be edited out and donated.
Woven basket, Real Canadian Super Store, $23.37
Back of door shoe organizers are the best for sorting game figures, keep sakes, hair accessories and so much more.
Life At Home over the door organizer Real Canadian Super Store, $24.99
Papers get collected and organized in one spot.
Grundtal magnetic knife strip, Ikea, $14.99
Magnetic bulldog clips, Staples, $5.43
Wood wall storage with wire bins, Homesense, $59.99
They each have a hook and a drawer for their own product. My boys are all so different that it’s an easier time for them to simply use their own toothpaste in their own way. Meaning one is messy, one is so proper, etc. Instead of buying three tubes of toothpaste through the year, I buy three for them each that all last that same time but without fighting.
Towels and robes get hung on their own hooks which means they aren’t laying on the floor in a wet puddle.
Kitchy fish hooks Homesense $1.99
Blecka hooks Ikea, $6.99
My kids know with me if it isn’t done correctly, they can’t move on to what they want – snack, play until things are put back in their spot. Obviously you have to be a gate keeper but soon it does become more effortless on their part. We have fewer missing items when things are organized. Fewer chaotic starts or finishes to our day. It’s taught on the premise that it’s to be respectful way for us all to live and get along.