By now you likely know the organizing process in your sleep: SORT, DIVIDE, CLEAN, ORGANIZE, MAINTAIN! We are nearing the end of organizing your home from top to bottom. Last week we were in the laundry room, and this week we are using to organize the Kid’s Rooms. Follow these steps for every kid space from the bedroom to the playroom.
For this project, you may want to invite your kids to join. I find that having them in the mix creates a sense of ownership (and is really fun!) Depending on the number of kids, number of bedrooms, etc. this may take you more or less time so I have allotted next week as a “catch up” week in case this is a lengthier process for you.
1.Make sure you have 4 large bins or boxes (nothing fancy, anything will do! if you don’t have boxes, use post its on the wall) to designate four areas, one for each of the following…
- GIVE/DONATE: items that you no longer need but are nice enough for others to use (this includes not only items for Goodwill but also items for children, relatives, etc)
- RELOCATE: items that belong in other rooms of your home
- KEEP: items that need to stay in the bedroom
- TRASH (use a trash bag or LARGE trash can!)
2. Change the sheets and make the bed! The bed will become your sorting station
3. Sort all items into one of the above categories. EVERYTHING should be in a pile at the end of your sorting (empty all cabinets, baskets, shelves, drawers, ottomans, etc)
4. Further divide the KEEP category into CLOTHING, TOYS, BOOKS, SCHOOL SUPPLIES, BAGS, SHOES, etc.
When it comes to Kid’s CLOTHING, ask yourself these questions:
Does it fit? Make your kids try on their clothes. Have they worn it in the last year? Is it free of any rips, stains, or tears?
If you answered NO, then out it goes! Place in the DONATE or TRASH pile.
**Another good time to do this is as the seasons change or before school starts. It will give you a good assessment of what they need for the year to come.**
5. CLEAN. At this time, vaccuum under the bed. Dust windows, drapes, and table tops.
- Group like items
- For toys, make sure each toy is in good working order, age appropriate and most of all, fits in the space you have. Set limits by using a large bin or a box to determine the number of toys he/she can have. Have your child select his or her favorite toys to fill the box.
- Use colorful boxes and baskets for kids to help keep their room organized too.
- Make things that kids use often easy to reach. For example, put in season clothes on lower hanging closet rods and out of season clothes on the upper closet rod.
- For younger children, pictures are more helpful than written labels but still help them know where to put things away.
- Use the get one, give one rule. If you get a new shirt, pair of jeans, or toy, pick one to give away. Don’t let them pile up!
- Keep small a basket/bag for donation clothes (one per household). When it is full, take it to your local donation center and write it off as tax deduction.
- Create a place for everything.
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