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10 Cheat Codes To Get Kids Organized

When it comes to supporting kids to get organized, sometimes you just need a cheat code. So these 10 guides, checklists, and flowcharts are the key to support your kiddos while they organize their toys, their day, and their routines. Cheat Codes Guides Back when I was teaching, I would create different guides for my…

When it comes to supporting kids to get organized, sometimes you just need a cheat code. So these 10 guides, checklists, and flowcharts are the key to support your kiddos while they organize their toys, their day, and their routines.

Cheat Codes Guides

Back when I was teaching, I would create different guides for my substitute teachers. I wanted to be as clear on how I ran my classroom as possible. Because for anything to survive, you have to have structure.

So these guides were just the bare-bones basics of getting through our day with all my students.

When I decided to create these cheat codes, I knew I wanted to make it as easy to follow as possible. Because when things are super simple, you are going to actually make them last.

To use these cheat codes, print off the complete 19-page guide. Select the checklists and flowcharts that are appropriate for your kiddos. Then follow the steps below for how to set up either the checklists and flowcharts so that the kids get the most benefit from them.

10 cheat codes for organizing kids flatlay with toys

Checklists For Kids

If your child prefers to read tasks, the morning routine checklists, evening routine checklist, backpack checklist, and bedtime checklist are perfect.

After you download the guide, print out the checklists you want to use.

Write specific tasks on the morning and evening routine checklist.

Laminate the checklists using a laminator or clear contact paper.

Teacher and mother of 2, Rachel, shares her strategies for creating a bedtime routine that helps kids take control and sleep well throughout the night. #bedtimechecklist #nighttimeroutine

Using a dry-erase marker, show the kiddos how to check off each task once it is completed. Use a Kleenex or wet wipe to remove the making for the following day.

Hang the checklist on a clipboard or tape to the wall near where the checklist is needed. The backpack checklist should be located near the child’s backpack. The bedtime routine checklist can be located in the bathroom or bedroom. Evening and morning routines can also be placed in the bedroom as well.

child holding clipboard with morning routine on clipboard

Picture Checklists For Kids

For younger children and children who prefer pictures, picture checklists are the best. To create the picture checklists, print off the morning routine checklist along with the pictures that work for your child.

Cut each picture out that you plan to use. Then laminate the morning routine checklist, along with the pictures. Attach the soft velcro to the squares on the checklist. Then add the hard velcro to the backs of pictures.

Also add soft velcro pieces to the back of the clipboard.

Place the velcro pictures onto the velcro squares.

As the child completes the task, they can remove the velcro picture and place it on the back of the clipboard. That is what the velcro pieces are on the backside of the clipboard!

morning routine checklist with shoes and lunch bag

Flowcharts

Flowcharts are great for older children who need some visual supports. The purpose of the flowchart is to help the children decide what they should do next.

Print off the flowcharts that would benefit your child. Laminate the flowchart. Then teach your child how to use the flowchart.

Place your finger on the “start here” square. Then ask yourself the questions listed.

For the after school flowchart, the child can ask themselves: do I have homework? If they answer “yes”, then the chart shows that they should complete homework. If they answer “no”, the flowchart asks them if they have an activity. Now, if they say “yes”, the flowchart tells them to get their items for their activity and go to activity. If they answer “no”, the flowchart gives them things to do to keep themselves occupied.

The reason flowcharts work so well, is that they can be used to process what to do next. Keep the flowcharts near where the child will start the task on the chart. Let’s say you keep the after school flowchart near their backpacks so they can go directly to the chart after they hang up their backpacks.

flow charts example

Cheat Codes PDF Guidebook

Here’s how to print off the 10 Cheat Codes Guidebook. Simply click on the image below. Add your first name and email into the form. Check your inbox for an email from me. Inside that email you will have a link to download the 10 Cheat Codes Guidebook. Inside the guidebook are 10 checklists, flowcharts, and picture guides to support your kiddos as they declutter and organize.

Download the 10 Cheat Codes Guides, Flowcharts, And Checklists For Kids Here

3 checklists included in the cheat codes guidebook

Specific Guides For Cheat Codes You Will Love

Below are some specific guides for each of the cheat codes included in this guidebook. If you are looking for specific guidance on how to use one of these cheat codes, find the blog post where I go into depth on that particular checklist or flowchart.

How To Declutter Kids’ Toys In 6 Easy Steps– The declutter toys checklist included in the guidebook is broken down in this post.

Step By Step Tutorial For Creating A Kids’ Morning Routine Checklist– This tutorial goes into depth on using the picture checklist to create a morning routine for kids. I explain how to laminate, velcro, and create the checklists.

Morning Routine For Kids– This tutorial is how to set up morning routines using the blank checklists that are included in the kids’ cheat codes guidebook.

End The Bedtime Battle And Get Your Kids To Sleep Well– This tutorial walks you through using the bedtime checklist for your children.

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