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Thursday, April 9, 2009

5 Tips to help kids clean their room

A big thanks to Susan Stewart from Perfectly Placed for sharing these great tips for organizing kid's rooms! I love that Susan's focus for organization is to reduce stress and help clients create the kind of space they want in their homes. To see archived newsletters full of organizing tips, visit her Newsletter page. If you'd like to receive her newsletters, visit her contact form and submit your request!

Now on to her great advice:

1. Pare down. Go through the things in your childʼs room and help
them let go of things they have outgrown or no longer use. It can
be overwhelming to find a pair of shorts from a drawer stuffed so
full that it can barely close.
2. Give things a home. Go through your childʼs toys and
determine which ones they still play with. Sort the “keep” toys
into categories and find containers that are the correct size to
hold them. Label the containers. Pictures work well for kids who
cannot read. Make sure the containers are easy to get in and out
of or those things are not likely to get put away.
3. Use a miscellaneous basket. What do you do with all of those
McDonaldʼs toys and trinkets from birthday parties? I have a
miscellaneous basket in each of my kidsʼ rooms. I go through
them periodically and donate some things to the treasure box at
4. Give your childʼs toys a limit. When this container is full of
Legos or Barbies, then we have too many and will need to let go
of some. This teaches boundaries of personal possessions.
5. Purge regularly. Childrenʼs needs and interests change quickly
when they are a young age. You may need to go through their
toys with them on a semi-yearly to yearly basis and ask them “I
noticed you donʼt seem to be playing with these any longer.
Could we donate these and use this container to store
_______?” Just before your childʼs birthday or Christmas are
especially good times to do this.

Any additional tips you can add to this great list? Don't forget to link up your organizational posts below! Thanks again, Susan!

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Marva said...

those are wonderful ideas. We already impliment most of them. I think purging keeps us sane here. We do it 3 or more times a year.


Octamom said...

All great ideas! We've just gone to have a 'toy store' in one of the kids' closets. All the toys are stored there, all in their own containers. The kids can 'shop' for one container. It has really helped contain the chaos...


Threeundertwo said...

Great ideas. I'm struggling with this all over again now that my kids are pre-teens. They're finding whole new ways to be messy with school work and projects and makeup an jewelry. . .

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the suggestions!

Amy said...

Great tips! I need to do a better job getting rid of those McDonald's etc toys! For some reason, my son gets really attached to them. I am going to have a special "junk" toy bin and when it's full, they are going!