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No More Mess!!

on August 17, 2012

Kids can be the biggest mess-makers, so don’t mess around when it comes to teaching them good organizing habits! The sooner you can empower your kids with these concepts, the better. Preparing our kids to be independent adults will be much easier if they’ve been taught these skills and habits early on. And it helps make your life easier too. Here are a few tips to make them organize better:

Develop morning and Evening Schedules:

Though morning and evening schedules are more or less same every day, still it’d help if you articulate the steps to your kids. Stick a checklist on bathroom mirror or bedroom wall to list out things like packing your bag, getting dressed, getting lunc h box, etc to keep them a track of their morning activities. Similarly, evening routine like brushing your teeth, organizing your toys, etc, pave a smoother path to sleep.

Easy as A-B-C-D:

The A-B-C-D prioritization tool works for everything and helps kids and grown-ups:

An “A” toy is a favorite one that you love and play with all the time, as often as we eat or brush our teeth.

“B” toys are ones you play with a lot, as often as we go to the supermarket.

“C” toys are those you don’t play with very much, as often as we have a birthday or holiday.

“D” toys are ones you really are not playing with at all. And D also stands for donate.

We want to store our A and B toys where we can reach them and put them away easily, and our C toys up higher in a box or on a shelf.

Teach Kids the One-In-One-Out Rule:

Our children need to understand that storage is a finite thing, and that continuing to collect eventually leads to clutter and chaos. When you get a new toy, an old toy can be donated. When you get new jeans, your old jeans can be given to another child. They should also understand that donating our excess helps people and the planet. Birthdays and holidays are especially good times to teach the concept of “out with the old, in with the new.”


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