1. Have your kids help with organizing. Getting them involved allows them to create their own space so they know where everything is. They will also be able to access their belongings without depending on mom and dad.
2. Get rid of the clutter! When you begin organizing kids spaces, donate or throw away anything they have outgrown or do not need anymore.
3. Pull your kids favorite AND most used items so they can be stored in a space that they can reach themselves. This allows kids to be more independent and keep things organized.
4. Label containers. It allows you (and your kids) to keep organized and know exactly where things have been stored.
5. Store items/clothes that are out of season in a separate location. Items that are not currently needed or are used the least, can be stored away in a labeled plastic container until the items will be needed. For example, winter clothes in the summer time.
After everything is sorted, it’s time to create a space that is best structured for your kids.
6. Clothing should be arranged by style. Put pants with pants, shirts with shirts, socks with socks, etc. so that your kids will know where to find each item.
7. Make clothes accessible so that your child can pick out their own clothing. The key is to organize kids spaces from low to high. Anything they do not need access to can be placed on a high shelf out of reach. For example, drawers and closets need to be within arm’s reach and easy to access (open/close).
8. Label items. Labeling is a resourceful way to keep things together and in their designated spots. This reminds your child where each item is stored and encourages them to put things back where they belong.
Organizing kids spaces before heading back to school will help kids with their daily routines, to be structured, independent and get them into the habit of putting away clothing and toys on their own! It’s a win-win for all!
Thank you, Lindsay, for sharing this advice with our families!
Lindsay Pasternack currently works in fashion but has a real passion for organization! If you have any questions or need help with organizing your life (and who doesn’t?), she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.