Whether it's the start of a new school year or just the start of a brand new week- you can help your kids to get organized when you have routines in place that they can follow to start their day, start their homework, and prepare for the next day. Paired with the right tools in their room to help them follow those routines- that's when the magic happens! Here are 20 great ideas to get your kids room organized!
Kids Need a “Getting Up” Routine!
If your kids are old enough to be attending school, they are old enough to wake up to their own alarm! Teach your elementary-schooler how to set the alarm on this fun Mella kids alarm clock that wakes them up gently each day, and offers a sleep sounds option as well as a nightlight.
For tweens and teens that have a phone, this desktop phone cradle makes it easy for them to see the time at night and turn the alarm off in the morning.
It is also smart to have a charging station on their desk or bookshelf so that all of their devices can be charged and ready for the next day.
Pro Tip: Be sure that you establish the “house rules” as to when the phone must be in the cradle at night!. And if you are looking for a way to restrict their online access during bedtime hours- you might want to check out Disney's Circle .
When it comes to getting dressed quickly- it is a good idea to select the entire week's worth of outfits on Sunday night, and place them in a hanging closet organizer ! No more “clothing drama” at 7 am!
Build a “Homework Routine” for After School
Some kids prefer to take a break after school, or go to activities or play sports, and they don't start their homework until after dinner, while others come home and want to dive right in and get it all done. Whichever homework routine works for your child- they are going to need an organized place to do it!
Each desk should be outfitted with a good desk lamp to provide enough light. (This is the lamp we sent my son to college with!)
And a desk pad to protect the surface of the desk.
I find that it is a good idea for each child to have a filing box that can hold study guides and completed assignments for class until they are needed to prep for quizzes, tests, and finals.
And who doesn't love some cute and stylish desk accessories to add a dose of personality to their study space?
Put Into Place a “Keep Your Kids Room Organized” Routine!
If your kids participate in sport or after school activities that require uniforms or practice gear, it is smart to store those items in a set of bins for each child and activity . It makes it so much easier to find everything you need as you head out the door!
Hooks on the wall make it much easier to return items to their rightful place rather than convince the kids to hang things on hangers!
To make it really easy on yourself- install closet shelving so clothing can be stored folded on shelves vs. hung on hangers. (I know my kids have an easier time returning clean and folded laundry to shelves. Nothing ever makes it back on a hanger.) We installed these DIY Easy Closet systems in our kids' closets- they were 1/2 the price of other closet company's systems, and they really paid for themselves because it eliminated the need to purchase dressers for their rooms which both saved money as well as floor space!
Outline an Evening Routine to Make it Easy to Start the Next Day!
I love to create a cozy nook for kids as an enticing place to curl up with a good book at the end of the day. A barrel chair and a cool kids floor lamp are perfect for this (we bought one of these chairs for my daughter Charlotte- and she reads in it every single day!). Kids prefer to stretch out on the floor and read? We just purchased these cozy area rugs for our daughters' shared bedroom- and they are fantastic!
I also like to have a place where the kids can hang up their backpacks when they are done with their homework, and using kids storage lockers like these- either in their room or in a hallway near the door you use the most is a great way to keep the kids organized!
I encourage my kids to make sure that their backpacks are re-loaded with completed homework, signed permission slips, library books, music folders, and whatever else they might need for the next day. This helps us to avoid that last minute panicked search as we are headed to the bus stop!
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