You love your kids. But, let’s be honest — it doesn’t take them long to turn a clean, well organized home into an upside down mess that looks like a tornado ran through it. As if that weren’t enough, kids come with a lot of stuff of their own. Clothes, toys, backpacks, homework… not only does organizing become more difficult, but you also have a lot more stuff that needs to be put away! However, organizing with children isn’t all bad. For one thing, you have more hands that can help you make order from the mess. Plus, you’ll get the added bonus of knowing that you’re teaching your children the importance of picking up after themselves! Wondering how you can effectively include your kids in your organizing project? Keep reading!
1. Establish a System
Most kids function really well with a more regimented system or process. For example, continue to let them know that every time they pull out their toys, they need to go back into the bin when they’re finished. Or, after they’ve completed a homework assignment, they should place it in the tray on the counter for the two of you to review together. Undoubtedly, getting a child to follow these procedures is where the real challenge is. But, some of the following tips should help to ease that stress!
2. Turn It Into a Game
It’s no secret that kids love games. So, if you can turn any organizing or cleaning tasks into fun games, don’t hesitate to do it! Perhaps you can have a race to see who can put away toys the fastest or shoot bundled socks into the drawer like basketballs. Whatever you can think of to make chores more fun will always help encourage your kids to be involved!
3. Find the Things They Enjoy
Some of the things your child enjoys doing might really surprise you, especially if they’re at a younger age where basic things still fascinate them. They might really love running the vacuum, watering the flowers, throwing out the junk mail or moving the laundry between machines. Tasks that are mundane and monotonous to you are another chance for them to learn and try something new. So, pay close attention to what your child seems to enjoy, and consider making those a part of their more regular chore schedule.
4. Provide Incentives
Let’s face it, the thing that motivates kids to do chores the most is some sort of reward or prize. You can provide incentives multiple ways. For example, they could be rewarded with something small every time they complete a chore, such as five minutes of t.v. time for every chore completed. Or, you could work on a larger scale and implement some sort of chore chart. Every chore would earn a sticker, and a certain number of stickers would earn a prize, such as a trip to get ice cream. Find what works for you and your kids and marvel at how hard they’ll work to get what they want!
Perhaps your kids well never be jumping out of their seats with excitement at the thought of helping you clean and organize. But, these tips should help you to at least get them started!
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