Becoming a mom is the best thing in the world, it’s also the hardest. Who knew it could be so difficult to get your kids to eat their dinner or get them to go to sleep. When you become a parent, you instantly feel guilty about those times you were difficult for your own parents and want to take it all back.
Our youngest isn’t at a place yet where he can learn how to organize but our daughter is, she’s four. While she’s not color coding her wardrobe, we are working on teaching her one of the basic concepts of organizing:
Put it back where it belongs
Organizing is about creating habits. There’s no better time to form a habit for your kids while they are young, it’s likely to stick with them as they become adults. I still wash my face and brush my teeth every single night, it’s something our mother instilled in us. I can still hear her voice “Have you brushed your teeth and washed your face?”
Here are some ways you can teach your kids how to organize:
- Use Bins for Bulky and Tough to Fold Items. Designate a bin for them and teach your child this is where this belongs. For example, our daughter has bins for her shoes, soccer, and swim. This way she always knows where to find them and where they go. I will find her shoes or soccer gear laying around the house and I’ll ask her where they go and she says “my bin”. Using a bin for shoes is great because it’s easy for them to “throw them” in there. It also teaches them to find each matching pair when getting their shoes on. Using a bin for sports is great because sports gear can be difficult to fold because the material is slippery.
- Color code books. This will teach them colors as well where the colors fall in the rainbow. Simple, easy, and effective.
- Use hooks as often has possible. Hooks are a really easy way to teach your kids how to hang up things. They can be used to hang up jackets, backpacks, pajamas, clothes, the list could go on and on. As they get older, then you can introduce hanging them up on a hanger. Hooks are a great place to start.
These are just a few simple ways to start teaching your kids how to organize. How do you teach your kids to stay organized?