With schools in the U.S. closing several months before the school year ended—and now summer—it does seem like the kids have been home like forever. And their rooms are starting to look like it!
Don’t make their bedrooms a battleground. Instead, grab this opportunity to help your kids organize their rooms and their stuff.
Get down to kid level
Look at your child’s room at kids-eye-level and you’ll get a new perspective. Their adult-sized dressers may have drawers that are too heavy for little hands to open, and closet doors are rarely designed for a child’s height.
To help, remove the closet doors and lids from all storage containers and toy boxes. In the closet, lower the clothes rod to your child’s height. Use child-sized hangers and get baskets to house socks and underwear.
Let the kids participate
Rather than using the bulldozer approach—where mom or dad comes through with a big trash bag and indiscriminately cleans up, get the kids involved. Help them survey and divide their things into categories:
- use now
- want to keep
- don’t want anymore
Try to advise and suggest rather than control the situation by making all the decisions. Let the kids suggest ways to make a place for everything so everything can be in its place.