3 Must-Do Organizing Tips for Kids

Teaching kids good organizing habits can be fun. But it also teaches them great habits. Make it part of your day. Let them know that they are responsible. Get the whole family involved.

  1. Establish the “ten-minute pick-up”. At the same time every day, set a time for ten minutes. Turn on some music and start picking up, as fast as you can. Gather items into a box that belong in other rooms, then deliver them to the correct space. This teaches team work.
  2. Create a “penalty box”. If belongings are left out, put them into the box with the requirement of doing an extra chore in order to get the items back. If you love something, you’ll take care of it and avoid the box. This teaches responsibility.
  3. Designate an “outgoing” space. Someplace near your home’s entrance, where you can collect items that need to go out of the house.Teach kids to place items like backpacks, library books, store returns there, so they are ready when you are on your way out. This teaches planning.
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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.

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