Tips to Stay Organized with Kids
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Start the new year with a clear mindset and an organized space! These organizational tips will help your family pick up easy methods for de-cluttering, cleaning, and locating items in your home. As a busy parent, it’s important to establish a realistic routine. Find small ways to organize toys in the home, food in the pantry, and on-the-go essentials for car trips. It’s equally important to get your kids involved in the routine. The more children help with tasks, the more they will clean up in the future. When everything has a place, they will know exactly where to put it! This will de-clutter your home and your state of mind. Try out a few of these tips to get organized in the new year and make sure to admire your hard work!
7 Tips to Stay Organized with Kids
Establish consistent routines.
Keep on a regular schedule, so kids know what to expect day-to-day. This will help you, as a parent, to remember the day’s activities and help kids understand expectations. Keep a calendar on the fridge with the day’s scheduled plans and meals. Try to stay on a consistent wake-up and bedtime routine. Plan meals and consider establishing a “fun” meal night like pizza night every Friday.
Schedule time for cleaning—and make it fun!
Make time for cleaning at least once a week and delegate tasks. For kids, they might be assigned to clean up their bedroom or playroom. Give your child tasks to be a helper, whether it’s folding laundry or putting clothes away. You can make it enjoyable by playing music and dancing during your task list, or turning it into a fun competition. On a big cleaning day, treat the whole family to ice cream or a visit to the park.
Add storage everywhere.
Find places to add storage in every room. Add cube organizers to your child’s bedroom or playroom, to hide toys, games and puzzles. Store books and toys on wall shelves. Make use of under-bed storage and any extra closet space. Kids have a lot of stuff, often by necessity, whether it’s for school, sports, or fun. Once the bins are full, you’ll know it’s time to donate items in order to make room for others.
Turn your storage into attractive home décor.
If you are looking for nice looking storage options, try some of these organizing tips. Instead of side tables next to your couch, use a dresser to store toys and craft supplies. The dresser is a perfect place to display family pictures or a lamp while also keeping items hidden inside. This will also help de-clutter the living room. Use clear acrylic shelves in your child’s bedroom to beautifully display personalized children’s books and picture books. Personalized children’s books are especially eye-catching because they feature your child’s name on the cover. Display a few among your other books and arrange them in rainbow color order. Use rattan storage bins in your cube organizers. These stylish bins will hide toys and other knick-knacks in plain sight!
Invest in a label maker.
Organize your child’s things with the magic of a label maker! Label bins for toys, clothes, and games. At the end of the day during clean-up time, kids will know where to put everything back. As they get older, they’ll also learn where to locate craft supplies or snacks. This will help children become more independent and confident.
Organize the fridge and pantry so it’s kid-friendly.
There’s one style of home organization that has been blowing up on TikTok: stocking and organizing the fridge. It’s so satisfying to see someone take a once-chaotic space and transform it with items that match in height, neatly stacked. If you’re looking for a therapeutic ritual to keep your kid’s snacks and drinks organized, this is it! Transform the side of your fridge or pull-out fridge drawer into a child’s snack haven. Stock it with juice boxes, mini oranges, pudding cups, yogurt bottles, cheese and fruit. In your pantry, pour snacks into labeled containers so your child can easily reach and grab what they need.
Keep a kids’ essentials pack in the car.
You never know what you’ll need as you take your child to school, dance class, or a swim meet. Keep a pack of food and entertainment essentials in the car for any road emergency. Pack snacks, toys, coloring books, tissues, garbage bags, blankets, extra clothes and more! This will help you stay organized and make life a little bit easier.