Tips for Keeping Your Child Organized

    1. A Place for Everything – Go through all the objects your child uses.  Donate unused items.  Store items in clear bins with large labels.  Use separate bins for legos, balls, train sets, art materials, puzzles, musical toys, etc.  Use kid friendly storage – clear bins with brightly colored lids, placed within the child’s reach work best.
    2. Everything In it’s Place – Make cleanup the last step of every activity.  Never let your child scatter toys on the floor and walk away.  Once you make cleanup mandatory, it becomes an ingrained habit.  Sometimes you can have fun with this by playing the ‘5 Minute Cleanup Race’ – for instance, you pick legos and your child picks balls and you see who can clean up faster before the timer runs out!
    3. Making Lists Using Words/Pictures – Ask your child’s help with making the grocery list – have him check the fridge for foods that need to be replaced.  Help him make a list of supplies needed for his school project.  Make a list of things you need to pack for your trip.  Check off things as they get done – this not only teaches sequencing skills but also makes the overall task less overwhelming.
    4. Calendar/Timelines – For children who can understand and use one, a calendar is an indispensable tool to be able to see what’s coming up tomorrow, in the next week, and the next month.  Teach your child the concept of breaking down a task (such as a project) into manageable steps.  Create a series of intermediate goals on the calendar that lead to a final goal (the final project deadline)
    5. Organize Based on Activity – Create activity centers if your child has strong interests.  If your child likes art, create an art corner with a table and chair, bins holding art supplies, and a floor that can withstand some mess.  This way, it becomes easy to return things to places after the activity.  If he likes to build bionicles, assign boxes to hold each bionicle set, so he can take apart and put them together without mixing up the pieces.

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