Staying organized can be a challenge, whether you are running a home or taking a focused approach to work, or both. Add a family into the mix and things can start to get really complicated. Undoubtedly, you love your children; however, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you revel in the chaos that is often the hallmark of family life. The best approach is to keep calm and carry on organizing for everyone. It may seem like a chore, but if it works, you’ll enjoy more peace of mind and less hassle. Here are some good tips to get started.
Organization begins at home
Very young babies eventually develop their own routine for sleeping, eating, and playing. Grateful parents love it when their baby sleeps at night and gets hungry or playful during the day as it’s not quite so pleasant the other way round. As children grow, routines change, and before long your little darlings are tripping off to school, playing sport, and immersing themselves in hobbies. Even toddlers love to see and do new things and to mess about with sand and water or crayons, chalk, and paint. If all of this gets out of hand, however, it can be hard for you to keep track of the paraphernalia that accompanies your busy child’s home life.
Start in your child’s bedroom and make sure that there is sufficient storage for clothes and toys, unless you have a separate playroom. It’s helpful to encourage children from an early age to hang up clothes or stow them away in appropriate drawers. You can make this into a game, especially if you have attractive child-sized furniture that they like to use, and they get gold stars or the equivalent for clean rooms. Regular rewards for a quantity of stars will keep them engaged. Toy organization is made simpler when you start with a mess (yes, seriously) – gather all the toys into one place and start sorting them.