Keeping your kids’ rooms clean and organized may seem like an impossible dream, but if you think creatively and use a little psychology, you can find ways to make it easier for yourself and your kids. First, you’ll need the right tools.
Labels and Colors
Do you remember the Christmas trees with color-coded branches for easier assembly? Like those branches, some toy parts and accessories may be hard to identify once they’re separated from their original home or related item. Use labels or color-coded tabs so items can easily be returned to the proper place. Using color is a great way to teach younger children how to organize. When they’re old enough to read, label clothing, drawers and closet partitions more specifically.
A Murphy bed is the ultimate bedroom space saver. If your children have small bedrooms, installing a drop-down bed can free up space for them to play. It also eliminates the problem of having so many toys on the bed that you can’t find the kids!
When organizing any room, you should designate a place for each type of item. A custom closet provides an easy way to separate toys, clothing, books, music and other items. Since it creates highly visual partitions, it’s easier for little ones to find the right place for their things.
Get Your Kids Involved
Although it may be tempting to ban your children from the room while you clean in a determined rage, this strategy won’t produce any long-term results. You’ll only manage to scare your kids and increase your blood pressure. Instead of taking over, let your kids play a role in organizing and cleaning their rooms. If they helped create the system, they’ll understand how to follow it.
Using Psychology to Tame the Source of Messiness
Kids are more likely to participate in keeping things orderly when they have contributed to the design of their rooms. Building fun, colorful storage solutions will encourage kids to use them. You can find lots of creative ideas on Pinterest and HGTV. If you make clean-up a fun game, you’ll remove stress from the process. For stubborn kids, try offering an incentive. Promising a reward after a successful clean-up can be very effective.
We Can Help You Get Started
More Space Place specializes in helping you get rooms organized. Come visit our Austin showroom and check out our custom closets, Murphy beds and more. Once you have the right equipment, even organizing a Tasmanian devil’s room will be a breeze.