Boxes, Baskets, & Bins

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Believe it or not, kids really like to be organized!

Children’s rooms are overflowing with stuff, and they have no clue what to do with all of it. They might not even recognize that it bothers them, but when the chaos subsides, they feel better. Parents, do your kids a favor by helping them to control the clutter with a few easy steps.

It’s too much to expect a child’s room to be neat all of the time. However, encourage neatness by teaching children organizational skills. Providing them with boxes, baskets, and bins to put everything in will allow cleanup to become a routine.

Storage systems don’t have to be elaborate or expensive. For starters, add a long row of hooks to the back of their door. The hooks should be mounted to a sturdy board, which is then attached to the wall. The hooks can hold coats, hats, scarves and backpacks to keep everything neat and accessible.

A large basket or tub is great for shoes. A low bench where children can perch to put on their shoes would be ideal situated nearby.

An adjustable closet system is a practical idea for a child’s room. The components can be changed and rearranged as their storage requirements evolve. Put the basic organizational structure in place, and there’s a chance that your children will keep their stuff organized.

Here are a few more pointers to help get your kids organized:

* Kids should be able to toss things into baskets and bins without any fancy arranging.

* The younger the child, the fewer the shelves, drawers, bins and cabinets.

* Shallow shelves, shallow cabinets, shallow drawers.

* Be creative with storage. Almost any container can be put to use. Show your child how to straighten up the room a time or two, and then they will know what to do at cleanup time.