Keeping the family organized can be a challenge, especially if you have children who regularly participate in extra-curricular activities. Here are 5 great tips on how to establish and maintain organization for the whole family:
- Have a designated work space for activities that require concentration and focus such as homework, projects and crafts. Pick a room or a part of a room that your child can keep all of his or her supplies for these activities ready. Use bins to keep the supplies neat and organized. Be sure you have enough room and, if possible, try to keep the books and papers that your child may need for school in this room as well.When you buy school supplies at the beginning of the year, color code each subject – Math is blue, English is green, etc., and use the same color for to label books, folders and other materials that relate to each subject with the corresponding color throughout the year. This will make it easy for your child to quickly grab what they’re looking for without having to search through every folder or notebook.
- Create a storage space at or near your front door to keep the things that he/she might need to grab quickly if the morning routine gets away from them. This includes things like your child’s backpack and outerwear such hats, gloves, scarves and shoes. Teach your child to put whatever they need for the next day in this space each night before they go to bed.
- Lead by example. Your child is much more likely to stay organized when they have a positive role model to follow. This means that you’ll have to stay organized yourself! Make to-do lists, follow a consistent daily schedule and put things back where they belong each time you’re done with them. Small things like turning off the television at the same time each evening can pay off big time for you and your child when it comes to establishing bed time As your children observe you following an organized routine, they will start to develop the skills and habits that will allow them to do the same.Use a calendar. Older children can be provided with a hand-held calendar or appointment book. For younger children, an adult can create a weekly or monthly calendar and use bright colors and pictures to help remind them of chores, important events and goals.
- Follow these guidelines and you and your child might find that the time saved through being organized allows more time to do things together!