Organize Your Kid’s Room Without Going Crazy

Organize Your Kid’s Room Without Going Crazy
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    Once again, your child's bedroom is a mess.

    And once again you find yourself ordering your son or daughter to get things organized before allowing them to play video games or visit with friends.

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As much as you may want to jump in and organize everything yourself, there are some clear guidelines that you can lay down to ensure that the room is made tidy and and maintained that way.

1. Bring out the boxes. Likely, your son or daughter has too much stuff in the room. And that alone can make it difficult for him or her to keep things organized. Bring out a few storage boxes and help your child decide what items are not being used right now. Store these away for six months and if they aren’t mentioned again, then donate them.

2. Stay seasonally focused. Winter, spring, summer and fall and your child’s bedroom has every clothing item imaginable on hand. Ski boots are with shorts, and swim wear is hanging next to a snow suit. Remove the non-seasonal stuff from the closet and store them away or hand these items down to a younger sibling. More than likely your growing child won’t fit into these out-of-season clothes again, so pass on what you do not need.

3. Revisit the shelving. Does your child’s clothing closet simply lack enough shelves? If that is the case, install additional shelving or place a clothes bureau in the closet to hold still needed items. Teach your child how to keep his or her area in order. Even the youngest children can learn how to place clothes on hangars or to fold them and put them away in drawers.

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4. Move select items out. Some children’s bedrooms become storage areas for items that really do not belong there. Sports equipment should be kept outside of the room, either in the garage, the basement or in a shed. Stackable shelving can be placed in an area of the home where your children can still reach these items when they need them. Or consider a storage trunk.

5. Keep electronics in mind. These days, children are blessed with various electronic devices including tablets, iTouches, video game devices, and so much more. That equipment is expensive and should have its own place where they’re protected and organized. Consider placing an open wicker basket on a desk or a table top and have your child keep these items in there when not in use. Keep spare batteries in the basket too. Better yet, use rechargeable batteries and teach your child how to use them.

6. About the work desk. Older children should be encouraged to do their homework on a desk instead of at the kitchen table or on their bed. That desk should include a comfortable chair and drawers for storing related school items. Use the dead space above the desk and on the wall for a peg board, where reminder notes, calendars, posters and pictures can be pinned.

Job Well Done

Once your child’s room is organized, offer to help him or her to repaint that bedroom in a color to his or her liking. Make your child proud to have an area that is clean and organized, personal space that can be set up apart from a major renovation project.

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About Author

Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".