Raise your hand if you’re a mom who’s tired of fighting the “clean your room” battle.
Yea, that’ll be 2 hands for us!
But enough's enough. We’re ready to get this messy room under control once and for all! And if that sounds like you, then get ready for some major organization hacks.
Step 1: Declutter. . . Marie Kondo Style!
When the motivation to clean strikes, don’t jump right into organizing. There's an important step to take before cleaning up.
#HACK: First, eliminate the things you don’t need.
This’ll make organizing much easier. Think about it, there’s no use in organizing a bunch of stuff your kiddo doesn’t use anyway!
Marie Kondo, author of the bestseller “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” bases her entire method of tidying up on this principle.
Here are a few ideas to get started. You can get rid of things like:
- Clothes and shoes that don’t fit
- Toys they no longer use or want
- Miscellaneous crayons, markers, bows, etc.
And any old toys and clothes can be donated to a great cause!
Step 2: Organize!
Now that we got that out of the way, it’s time to get organized! And we can start with the biggest troublemakers in our kiddo’s messy rooms:
Here are a couple of hacks to take care of these messy guys:
File Fold Their Clothes:
If you’re like most people, your clothes are folded in stacks. Nothing wrong there. . . until your kiddo tears through the pile looking for their favorite Paw Patrol shirt.
#HACK: This is where File Folding comes in to save the day! It’s just a different way to fold clothes but it’s our new best friend. By folding clothes this way, you can open your drawer and see all of the clothes at the same time. This makes it a ton easier to pick what you want and keep going.
While you’re trying out this new method, teach your kiddo as well! Not only will they learn with you, but feeling included will help motivate them to keep their drawers organized.
Separate Toys By Type
Okay, more questions for ya. Do you have one giant toy box? And are there usually more toys around it than in it?
Uh, yes, and yes! This is another hack we learned the hard way.
#HACK: Rather than having one giant toy box, try using multiple small drawers or bins for different kinds of toys. Having a separate place for toy cars, stuffed animals, dolls, etc. makes it much easier for your kiddo to find that toy they want.
And you know what this means? They make less of a mess to find it! Plus, this will really help build organizational skills.
Use drawer trays for small stuff
If your kiddo has lots of crayons and markers, or small accessories like bows and hair ties, they’re probably thrown everywhere! So give this a shot.
#HACK: Use separation trays inside drawers for an extra element of organization.
These little trays are a cute way to store all types of things in a drawer without it turning into total chaos.
Overall when it comes to tidying up, the easiest way to help your kiddos stay organized is to make sure there is a designated spot for everything in their room.
We’re talking toys, coloring/craft supplies, clothes, shoes. . . Everything!
If they know where it goes, it takes away any guesswork. And here’s a bonus: When you ask them to clean up, it becomes a game of matching everything to it’s special spot.
Who would’ve thought tidying up could be fun!
Step 3: Set up Rewards
Keeping a clean house with little ones might literally make you laugh out loud. But check out this hack!
#HACK: Using rewards is a great way to encourage helpful behavior.
One way to do this is with a “chore chart.” For every chore they complete, like folding clothes or putting toys back into proper bins, reward your kiddo with a star. Once they reach a certain number of stars, they get a reward!
Here are a few ideas that might excite your kiddo and motivate them to keep up those new tidy habits:
- Favorite dinner
- Yummy dessert
Tidying up doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming. And, heck, it can even be fun! So tag us on Instagram @RenzosVitamins and let us know how your kiddo’s new tidy habits are going!