Anyone who’s tried the Marie Kondo solution to tidying up with their toddler will know: toddlers love just about everything including the wrapper for a chocolate bar they ate last month – it ALL brings them joy.
This makes keeping their bedrooms neat and tidy just that much more difficult. Cut through the clutter and give your little hoarder more living room and an easier time finding stuff and getting ready with these tips.
Having a kid often means having a lot of stuff: toys from every season and stage, clothes for the next two years, snacks and bits and bobs you aren’t really even sure have a purpose.
Moral of the story: you need storage and lots of it. Consider bed bases with slide-out drawers and ottomans that open up to provide storage and loads of shelves. This will help you organise everything because everything will have a designated place in the room.
Be practical and think about daily use
Merely the act of looking for a specific red sock five minutes before you have to leave the house could turn your child’s neatly organised room into a post-apocalyptic mess.
Organising is about more than just putting things away; the best way to organise a room and keep it organised is to put things where it makes sense. Put things you use regularly in easy-to-reach places and put things that go together, together.
Labelling drawers and storage containers is also a great idea; it helps your child remember where to find things and also where to put them back after using them. This should (eventually) start encouraging your kids to take some responsibility for tidying up too.
Involve your child in the organising process
The main aim of parenthood is to raise good adults. To achieve this goal, your child must survive their childhood! Survival is unlikely if they undo your hours of organising every day. Involving your child in organising and cleaning up their rooms shows them first-hand how much effort it takes to get their rooms into presentable order.
Be a good example: Organise your own room too
You can’t expect your children to tidy up their rooms and make their beds if you don’t do it.
Many parents rely on the help of a domestic worker while maintaining busy schedules. It’s still important for your children to see you doing your share. They are more likely to learn from you than listen to you. Small things like putting your clothes in the laundry basket, making your own bed and putting things back where they belong can create a lasting impression on your child.