Ten Tips for Organizing Your Kids

You want your kids to be organized. But you need it to be easy and fast and fun! It’s important for children to manage their own things. By giving them responsibility for their toys, clothes and rooms you teach them essential life skills. This is a broad subject, so it is broken down into a series of blog posts with tips you can use to make your life easier and your kids more organized.

Here are ten tips to organize toys and children’s books.

  1. Store small toys in see-through bins that are an appropriate size for your kids to carry.
  2. Sort items of the same tip into bins.
  3. Use labels to communicate where things go.
  4. Use container size as the limit for that type of item.
  5. Use the one-in-one-out rule to to cull the amount of toys.
  6. Never keep the box from a toy separate from the toy itself.
  7. Make it easy for preschoolers to put books away by housing them in bins.
  8. Store books for older children on shelves.
  9. Make putting things away as easy as taking them out.
  10. Model the behavior that you want from your children.

Hope your enjoyed this 3-part series. Here is the first post, with general kid’s organizing tips and the second post with  tips for organizing kid’s bedrooms.

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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.


  1. Janet Barclay on June 2, 2019 at 10:19 am

    I hadn’t thought about using some of these methods with young kids, but it makes a lot of sense! If it’s a good system, it will work for most people of any age, and what a great way to get them started on the right foot!

  2. Janet Schiesl on June 2, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    When working with families, the Mom is usually our client, and she often wants to learn how to best manage the family and to teach her children to be more organized.

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