We have a pretty high tolerance for kid clutter. You could not walk into our front door and wonder if kids lived here. (Sometimes, you may wonder if adults actually live here.) Enter our home and you'll be greeted by art supplies, costume pieces and Lego creations pretty much everywhere...and happy kids.
Are we lazy? A little bit. But aside from that, we made the conscious choice early on to tolerate some kid clutter so we didn't need to nag quite so often about picking things up. It's not a choice everyone could make, but we're quite content.
There comes a time when teaching responsibility for our own stuff is too important to overlook. Over the next
Our starting place: the things they love plus the cardinal rule of organizing...
A place for everything
and everything in it's place.
We had success in recent months with our recycled craft caddy. Markers, tape and scissors are found where they should be because they are actually put back there. Youppi! A huge win for our house because crafts are nearly constantly done here.
But, heard around our place on a typical Wednesday night...
Me: "Where's your sash?"
Daughter: silent shrug
Me: "Where's your Woggle? You need it for your Necker! Where did you have it last?"
Son: silent shrug
Our son is in Beavers. (Did you recognize those hilarious terms?) Our daughter's in Brownies. They love their uniforms. Those uniforms have a half dozen accessories each. What a great place to start with organizing lessons!
Remembering that cardinal rule of organizing I decided what the kids needed is a place for their uniforms. Without it, those bibs and baubs could potentially be anywhere.
Enter a pair of hooks. I found these buried on a shelf during the organizing of our bathroom cupboard. Given my kids rooms' wall colours are already vibrant colours, I decided to paint them white. (If my daughter ever sees this picture I will be in so much trouble! She'll think the "before" mermaid hook was so much prettier.)
Now in each of their rooms there's a special place for their most special things. And for the last couple of months, those things have been found there when we needed them.
Next I've set my sights on: lightsabers, Lego creations and crafts that are too precious to bid farewell to.
How have you taught your kids to put their things where they belong?
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