Of all of the rooms in the house, my kids’ room is the one that I’ve struggled with the most.
It’s an evolving project and I’m constantly trying new strategies and learning to embrace the organized chaos of this room.I do not have a magic system for organizing a kids’ room but there are a few truths I would defend in the area of kids room organization.
Children enjoy organization
Taking the time to organize and categorize toys and games into tubs and storage is a blessing to children. Doing this is a way of loving them. Children will spend more focused time playing with their toys when they are nicely organized. As they grow and mature they benefit from learning how to organize themselves. Sorting, categorizing, and organizing are skills that must be taught and practiced.
Recognize and enjoy the fact that there is an ebb and flow to tidiness. Kids will disorganize the organization. A room that is always pristine or a room that is always a big mess is a room that isn’t enjoyable.
Less is more
Several years ago I conducted an experiment and removed all of the toys from my kids’ rooms. Everything went to the basement with the exception of their books and a few coloring supplies. Without toys, they still kept on playing by using everyday items in new and creative ways. When I did give them a few toys they were content with less.
I’ve often made the mistake of thinking that more toys would help my bored children, but in my experience, they get bored when they have too much.
Children can effectively declutter
For many years, I avoided having my kids around when I decluttered. I thought that involving them would be counter-productive because they’d cling to their possessions. But I’ve learned that they are really good at decluttering. They regularly choose different items than I would choose. I tend to keep toys that were gifts or toys that I know cost more money. They choose the items that truly bring them joy.
Next week I will explore some of the organizational strategies we’ve included in our kids’ room to make it an organized, comfortable and kid-friendly space for my three children.
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