Kids love order. They love structure. So let’s teach them how to organize with these three tips to support them get organized.
Set routines to get kids organized
We’ve talked about setting routines and how important that is, especially starting this time of the year. Establish those routines! Figure out what you want to do, how you want to do it, and then write it down. This is the first step to get kids organized.
The kids needed structure (like all kids do), so we just decided to start. This entire summer, I don’t think we ever got dressed until 10:30. We were having lazy mornings, eating brunch instead of breakfast or lunch. It was great while it lasted, but we needed to change that. It was time to get up and moving on time. I need a structure, so we started establishing a new routine.
So on Sunday, I created our morning routine–my routine and the kids routine. How are we going to get things set up in the morning so that we can have a productive day? Because changing routines takes time, I wanted to make sure that we wrote it all down with times so that we would remember. It seems rigid, but it helps get everyone (especially me) to get moving in the morning.
Make checklists and to-do lists
Obviously, I’m a huge fan of checklists and to-do lists–for kids, adults, clients, anyone. That’s why I have so many checklists as freebies. They’re not one-size-fits-all, but something of this nature will help everyone.
For example, my daughter loves to-do lists and checklists, but if it’s more than five items long, she gets overwhelmed. I know I feel the same way sometimes! So for her, we just write down 5 things she has to do. Often, those five things lead up to one bigger task, like putting away her clothes.
Her to-do list for putting away her clothes could be: put away your t-shirts, put away your shorts, put away your socks… and so on. We break things down smaller so that it’s less overwhelming, and we focus on one big task or project at a time. So I want you to really think about how long your kids’ to-do lists are, your kiddos, and what each one of them needs. What should it look like for them?
Have them watch videos of other kids organizing
Do your kids like watching videos of other kids playing? Opening new toys? Mine do too! So why not do the same thing with organizing and cleaning?
The best way to do that is to get The Organized Kids Academy! That’s my online e-learning course for kids by kids. The Organized Kids teach your kids how to organize, tidy, and clean up. It will walk your kids through organizing their entire space–bedrooms, desk, folding clothes, putting away shoes, jackets, and backpacks, toys, artwork… everything your kiddos need to learn how to get organized!
The feedback I got the last time I launched this course was incredible. I had parents emailing me saying that their kids enjoy cleaning now! They want to be filmed as they clean because they want to do what The Organized Kids do! Sure, it might be annoying if they keep asking you to film them clean, but they’re setting the foundation for keeping an organized home for the rest of their life. That’s priceless.
Introducing The Organized Kids Academy
Since we launched this, a lot of you have reached out with questions about how The Organized Kids Academy started and how I know it works. I’ll share a little bit more information here, but you can learn everything you need to do know by reading this blog post or by clicking here.
The course idea came from our in-home clients asking how they can teach their kids to keep their spaces organized and tidy. So we started making videos for the parents and the kids to help. We discovered that the kids kept up with it because they were watching the videos!
And then I noticed my kids… My kids were watching YouTube videos of other kids playing, unboxing toys, and doing other fun things. Then, I’d see my kids acting it out–copying what the kids on YouTube were doing! When I talked to other mom friends, I found out that their kids do that too. So thought it would be a great way to teach kids how to clean and organize!
I get it! Sometimes, coming from an adult, it’s just not the same as coming from another kid. Once we created the videos with the kids, and we had parents and families enrolling at the beginning of the year, parents started telling me about kids their kids learning to organize and actually doing it in their homes.
The parents don’t have to clean up the playroom. The kids are doing it!
The parents don’t have to sort the artwork. The kids are doing it!
The parents don’t have to put away the clothes. The kids are doing it! And loving it!!
What’s inside of The Organized Kids Academy?
The course includes 12 videos. I made each video relatively short and paired each one with a printable. Through checklists, to-do lists, labels, and expectations charts, you and your kids will learn how to get organized and stay organized.
This is a self-directed course, so you can go at your own pace and come back to any part of it anytime and as many times as you want. You have access to all 12 lessons as soon as you enroll. This is important because the repetition is what is going to help your kids learn and commit the habits and routines to memory.
The course is perfect for kids 9 and younger. I say that age range because if your kids are over 9, it gets away from peer-to-peer teaching (my kids are 6 and 7). There’s so much research about peer-to-peer teaching, and that’s where a lot of this comes from.
If you’re looking to get organized, get your kids organized, and teach your kids these skills, then enroll now. You’ll have lifetime access to all of the course materials and anything that gets added in the future.
If you have any questions about the course, let me know!! Can’t wait to see you inside!