Mess! Toys everywhere! You stepped on a block! Your child cries about Barbie’s missing shoe. What a horror!
To prevent these first-time messes from happening again, it’s time to help the child get organized, but how?
Other than purchasing containers, it’s important to teach children to be neat and mindful of their belongings. No one wants a child to grow into a messy adult that inconvenience others. Have a look through this list for some ideas!
1. Be a good role model
Whether we like it or not, the child mimics what we do! To make the habit of being tidy easier, the adults have to be tidy themselves so they can explain and show the child why it’s important to tidy up. For example, “I put back the toys so nobody steps on them and get hurt.”
2. Teach kids that everything has a home as well
Children are forgetful like adults too. A way to manage this is to teach them that just like them, everything else has a home too and when things are placed where they should be, it’ll be easier to look for it. Help the children out by labelling boxes for their toys or have some pegboards to trick them into organizing when they think they are playing. Making a game out of cleaning up helps a lot too.
3. Help them set an age-appropriate planner
Draw up a kid-friendly planner and let them cross off the list when they accomplish a task such as clearing the table or keeping the toys. They can mark it with a sticker or be rewarded with it once the task is done. Letting them do the crossing off gives them a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction too.
4. Set a routine
Children like a routine because it gives a sense of security and calmness. Make sure after play time that they must pack up their toys, get them to help wiping the tables after every meal and putting shoes back in the shoe cupboard. They can even help you vacuum corners using a smaller vacuum cleaner or provide a small dustpan for them.
5. It’s going to take a few tries
Adults get impatient when children don’t get it the first time. Sometimes, it just seems a child’s mission is to do everything the opposite! Just remember that they are learning how to do adult tasks. What seems easy and logical for an adult may not be for a child. Guide and help them and they’ll soon get it!
For tips on decluttering, read 6 Easy Strategies To Declutter The Kid’s Room