One of the hardest things for me as a mom has been trying to wrap my brain around the fact that my daughters are not as clean and organized as I am–shocking, I know. They both are creative and therefore think better when everything is laid out in front of them, which has been a constant battle for me. I am learning to embrace the way their minds works, but I’m not giving up hope that someday they might also be clean and organized. I’m sure I’m not the only mom who deals with this, which is why today, I’m going to share three ways that I have set my girls up for success by making it easy on them and organizing their space in a way that works for all of us.
1. Dresser Organization
For the sake of your time and sanity, it’s really important to teach kids at a young age to put away their own clothes. It’s definitely not my daughter’s favorite thing to do, but by organizing her drawers with inexpensive drawer organizers from IKEA, I have made it really easy for her to know where everything goes when she puts her clothes away.
2. Closet Organization
When my husband started removing the old trim and doors in our home, I asked him to take off the old sliding closet doors and make new doors that both swing open. It allows you to fully access the closet and have a fully usable space. We then added a great closet organizer and shoe rack for all those adorable little shoes and hair bows.
The closet system has been so helpful as most of the clothing racks are at her level, so she can hang up her own laundry. There is also a ton of storage for all her stuffed animals, Barbies and baby dolls.
3. Toy Organization
Playrooms house a multitude of items of all sizes and shapes creating storage problems for parents and overwhelm for kids, often with too much stuff to put away. If you want to conquer playroom storage problems and clutter everywhere, divide the space into zones and organize each zone with multiple containers.
Efficient playrooms are designed for accessibility with plenty of organized storage. The kids will more readily attempt to keep the playroom picked up when “kidstuff” has a place to go. Kids should be able to effortlessly access storage units and containers so plan for little hands, lower height and lighter weight. Be sure all hardware is easy to use by a child.
The secret to keeping a kid’s space organized isn’t really a secret, it’s just a matter of making sure you set them up for success by providing lots of easy-to-use and functional organization. Teach them how to put things away in the right places, then empower them to do it themselves and praise them when they give it their best! It won’t always be perfect but be consistent and before you know it they’ll be helping you organize other things around the house too!