Ah That Mess
Do you wish your children rooms to look as clean and beautiful as in the magazines,but do you find yourself too exhausted at the end of the day to clean up after their messes?
Here are a few tips to help you organize your children’s spaces and declutter them once and for all.
One of the biggest problems with toys is that they all get mixed together. Random parts of tracks and transformers end up jumbled with missing puzzle pieces and single doll shoes, leaving even the babysitter frustrated. And toys in chaos make cleaning up that much harder.
One of the most valuable things you can teach your kids about organization is the value of categories. Periodically remind your kids that Lego’s go with Lego’s, puzzles go with puzzles, Barbies go with Barbies etc.
Now, when you’ve already created toy categories, you need to store each one away in an accessible, easy-to-use bin, basket, or container.
Your children should be able to access these themselves, and they should return everything to them once playtime is over.
Reuse Of Old Toys
Ever notice that even though they’ve got plenty to play with, your kids tend to gravitate toward the same toys over and over again? That’s because kids don’t need as much inspiration to get creative.
If they like a certain doll, collect all of that doll’s accessories before you buy a brand-new one. If they’re into Lego’s, start a Lego collection instead of looking for other building toys.
If they like art, build out your craft area. This will create fewer categories that you need to organize.
Create Cleanup Ritual
To ensure that your kids are picking up after themselves, don’t just tell them how it’s done — show them how to do it!
Don’t constantly nag them about cleaning.Instead, clean up with them and show them some helpful strategies on a daily basis.
Don’t let the clutter build up until it becomes unmanageable. Control it as it arises. Eventually, your kids will get the hang of cleaning and hopefully even take pride in keeping their toys organized.
Try it and make it fun to be!
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