How to Organize Your Child’s Bedroom – Keeping Cool, Calm and Collected!!!
For the record, let me just say upfront that I neither had, currently have nor do I expect to have any children in the future…but they are adorable! To get any sort of compliment from a child really
makes my day!
A few months ago, I had my place decorated in vibrant Fall colors, with beautiful arrangements of silk flowers and happy pumpkins all around. A friend came over with her son, who is about 5 years old, and he exclaimed, “Your place is so beautiful!” WOW!!! That was better than receiving a seal from Good House Keeping!
So, even though I do not have any children, I have watched many over the years, and in watching them, I have picked up after them…cleaned up after them…washed up after them…So I can say this with authority: Kids are messy!!! And by “kids” I’m also referring to young teens as well. Many a friend, has solicited my help to bring some sort of order to their child’s bedroom. Along with the scars, bumps, and bruises, I’ve developed some tips on organizing bedrooms, especially bedrooms for children.
I’ve seen my share of messy rooms over the years, some of them quite frightening…some…well, no words could accurately describe what I saw…I also know how quickly and easily a messy room can be achieved…we’re talking Olympic-style fast here! At some point, the parents put their foot down…rules are given…threats are made…attitudes erupt…and in some instances, progress is made.
Unfortunately, the euphoria may only be short-lived, as the room returns to its’ former state of disarray. Getting a child or a teen to get their room clean, can be a rather daunting task, but keeping their room clean, can border on the impossible.
Regardless of which “quick tip” you decide to adopt, unless your child is especially gifted in keeping their bedroom organized, just accept the fact that the room will get messy again. To look for and expect perfection, may cause unnecessary stress.
I take pride in knowing that my place is kept orderly and attractive, but I have to remind myself that I don’t live in a museum. You may have to remind yourself, often, that it’s their room, not a showcase display in the home furnishings section of a department store. Your child probably spends the bulk of their time in their bedroom, so it should be neat, but it doesn’t have to be sterile.
There are many “routes” you can take to achieve the desired results; let’s take a few minutes to go over a few bedroom cleaning tips, on how to organize your child’s bedroom in an I.N..S.T.A.N.T.!!!
Identify What is Most Important. Depending on the size of the room, and the scope of clutter, you may need to do this in sections.
Nagging Rarely Works. And if it does, it will most likely just be temporary…so don’t get too happy when you see quick results, they may have done it just to appease you. But since it wasn’t done with the right “heart”, it may not last.
Start Small. In our zeal, we may want to dive in, but for a better chance of success, we may need to start smaller and schedule a day and time to clean. To have them say,”I’ll do it next week,” is too vague. Instead, offer them suggestions, where they can pick a specific day and time, as opposed to just telling them when it should be done.
Don’t feel as if you have to tackle everything at once. Always remember, baby steps are better than no steps. Again, these are just suggestions. If you’ve been battling this war for some time, maybe now is not the time to give them options. I’ll let you be the judge…
Talk It Through. This ties into the no nagging concept; it’s one thing to tell your child what do, it’s another to sit them down and have a conversation. Knowing what needs to be done is good, knowing the benefits of what needs to be done is even better.
Some of the benefits: easier to find the things they need; peace of mind (granted, this may be more for your peace than for theirs, but peace is peace); more free time to do the things they like, as opposed to spending so much time cleaning; less embarrassment when their friends come over. Encourage them to come up with their own list of benefits. If nothing else, it should be interesting.
Attack Without Mercy! After you’ve had your nice talk with your child, complete with cookies and milk, make sure that they understand the task at hand, and there’s no room for making excuses. It’s now time to implement what was discussed. Full speed ahead!
Night Watch. Help them develop the habit of taking just 10-15 minutes to putting things away, before going to bed And if there’s time, set aside the clothes that they need to wear in the morning. Going forward, whether they can do it on their own, or they need assistance, you may want to set aside some time before Monday morning, to select their clothes for the week, with a few alternatives set aside, should the weather change slightly. If the clothes are already lined up for the week, there’s less likely to be clothes thrown on the floor in a rush to find that “special” shirt or dress.
Thankful Heart. This is definitely something that all ages can adopt. If there’s any grumbling, should they need to donate some toys or clothes, explain to them how much they already have, and how there are so many children their age, in this country, living with a lot less than what they have, and may never have, without other people offering to help.
If you’re looking to donate their items to charities, perhaps you can include them in selecting a charity of their choice. maybe the whole family can get involved with some sort of community outreach. Obviously, this is not something you’re going to just jump into overnight; you’ll have to take time, to find volunteer efforts that are age appropriate. The idea is to help them to focus less on what they’ll be missing or giving up, and more on what they’ll gain, by helping a friend or stranger in need.
Hope this provided some useful tips for finding creative ways to help keep your child’s room organized.
I would love to hear from you! Feel free to leave some comments on how you got your child’s room organized in an I.N.S.T.A.N.T.!!!
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