Practical Ideas to Get Your Teen to Organize Their Stuff

When you think about organizing with teens, you may want to close the door and ignore everything. (Just kidding! But, really, give yourself a break.) But if you help them take ownership of their space by giving them storage options and create a compelling “why,” you’ll have a much easier time.

Create a compelling “why”

Remember being a kid? How annoying was it to have a chore mandated with no explanation? Instead of using “Because I said so,” work with your child to come up with a good reason (or reasons) why they should clean their room. Maybe they want to be able to find the Lego they want instead of hunting for it in a huge, messy pile. Maybe they want space in their room to swing a sword around, or to have a cozy reading nook.

Ask them! “What do you want to be able to do in your room that you can’t do when it’s messy?”

Getting their input and finding out their reason to organize will not only help motivate them to take responsibility for their space, but you might also learn about an interest you didn’t know they had!

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Practical Ideas to Organize With Young Kids

Keeping up with your kid’s clothes and toys helps your house remain tidy. Here are a few tips I use when I organize with young kids.

They need support

My philosophy when it comes to organizing with young kids is “Help, but don’t do.” Organizing alongside your children instead of doing it for them helps them develop healthy habits. Give them the support they need, but don’t do everything for them. Kids often enjoy helping, and it’s a great thing to encourage in them.

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A Practical Organizational System to Use With Your Kids

It can seem chaotic to organize with kids, but using the acronym I CARE helps keep everyone on task!

Organize With Kids
Identify - Organize With Kids

Identify

To organize with kids, start with setting goals together. Everyone is unique and has their own ideas of what being “organized” means. Take the time to ask your kids questions and find out what they think! Do they want more space to play? Do they want to be able to see all the toys they love, instead of having to dig through a bin full of toys they like and toys they don’t? If your kids understand why they’re organizing, it will be easier to motivate them. Instead of organizing FOR kids, it’s important to organize WITH kids.

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Practical Back-to-School Ideas

Back-to-school season is almost here, are you ready? Here are some things to keep in mind that will make this hectic time go smoothly.

Changes in schedule

Switching from the relaxed schedule of summer break back to a school schedule takes some planning to minimize stress. Before school’s back in session, map out the plan with your kids so everyone knows what to expect. Pick a wakeup time that accommodates how long it takes everyone to get dressed and eat breakfast.

Are the kids buying lunch at school, or do you pack food from home? For packed lunches, it’s best to assemble them the night before. That way you’re less likely to forget something, and in the morning the kids can grab and go.

Supplies

Don’t buy what you don’t need; instead of heading to the store and guessing what supplies will be required for the year, wait until you have lists from teachers. To make it extra simple, combine all supply lists into one master list so you have one document to reference when you’re at the store.

Before you go shop, take a look around your house and see what you already have at home. Check off what you already have on your master list, then bring the list with you to the store. If you use lists and think before you shop, you’re likely to get everything you need in one trip! 

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Getting Settled: How to Unpack in Your New Home

Congratulations! You’ve decluttered, packed, and moved. Now it’s time to put everything in its place in your new home. Here are four things I keep in mind I unpack with someone. Unpacking will be a breeze if you…

Have a staging area for boxes to arrive

Set aside an area for boxes to go when you and your movers (if you have them) arrive at your new home. That way everything is in a central place, and can be divided up into the right room from one location.

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