What Does Organizing Have To Do With Wellness?
Clutter and disorganization can cause overwhelming feelings, anxiety & stress.
Disorganization can cause irritability and frustration in a home.
Having an organized home can create many positive feelings & happiness.
Being organized can save you time so you can do other things.
Being organized can save you money, which again helps with stress.
Being organized can help a family become closer together- often it is just finding a way to get everyone on the same page and to contribute so that one person is not doing it all.
Tips For Toys & Crafts
Keep a reasonable amount accessible for your child's age and personality. For example are they capable of keeping 250 crayons tidy?
Bin like toys together and take out one or a few bins at a time.
Go through toys every year and consider editing.
Ask yourself why are you keeping the toy (stuffed animals in particular). Is it because of a memory (or guilt) you have associated to it or because the child loves it.
Get your child to participate in clean up time, they have learned this skill at school, I guarantee it!
Be mindful of what is coming into the house, particularity with birthdays and holidays. Consider doing a no gift celebration or if someone asks, possibly an experience gift rather than a new toy.
Teach your kids why organizational skills are important, you may be surprised how into organizing they might get. It is a lot easier when everyone in the house is on the same page.
Tips For Kid's Clothes
Typical closets have one rod running from end to end and hung too high for a child to reach. Consider adding a second rod to double the hanging space. Place rods at 41” and 82” so as the child grows the closet can still accommodate their clothes.
If you have two rods hang what the children more frequently wear on the bottom so that they can reach them.
If there is no room or no desire for a dresser consider adding a tower with drawers or shelves to accommodate items that would typically go into a dresser.
Consider putting a laundry hamper in each child's closet. This is how I have reduced time doing laundry in my own home- ask me about it :)
Edit clothing when you do a seasonal turnover or on a semi annual basis.
The largest problem I see with kid's clothes is that they simply have too many. If your child's dresser is bursting with clothes – ask yourself do they really wear all of these? Often someone passes clothes on to kids and many end up never being worn. Do not feel guilty about saying no thank you or passing items that you know they will not wear to another person that will use them.
Use child size hangers until they need to use adult hangers.
Use boxes in drawers to help separate items, ex. underwear and sock.
Hooks! I am a huge fan of hooks. Hooks are great to hang pyjamas, hoodies, bathing suits, etc. Hooks are very easy for kids to use.
Get your child on board. Talk about the benefits of a tidy room.
Tips on Kid's Paper
Children's paperworks is the number one issue my parent client's struggle with because it is constant!
The best tip I can give anyone with regards to any paperwork is to deal with it daily. PS- dealing with it does not mean adding it to the already existing pile in the kitchen ;) Here is the process I recommend:
Display it- did your child come home with something amazing? Display it somewhere- the fridge, a pin board, a magnet board, etc.
You keep it-is it something super special that you want to keep- add it to their memory box. Go through the memory box every year and edit if need be. Kid's love doing this with you- it's fun!
They keep it- Do you have a little buddy who likes to keep everything? Consider giving your child a memory box of their own. The rule is that when it gets full they need to make room if they want to add something else.
Digitize it- What do you do when they come home with a poster board project? Take a picture of them holding onto it. Maybe a video of them presenting the project? Get creative. There are some fun ways to hold onto memories without holding onto the paper.
Reuse it-I had a client tell me she used the kid's artwork as wrapping paper. What a cool idea!
Recycle it- So here's the thing- your kids are likely not going to thank you for keeping a ton of their art/school work from elementary school. How much do you really want to keep? This leads me to my last point IT IS OK TO RECYCLE YOUR KIDS SCHOOLWORK! Do not feel like a horrible parent.
Organizing Plastic Container Tips
Limit the amount of plastic containers to the amount you actually need. Don't over think this. You will figure something out if you run out of containers- I feel confident in that!
Using the same brand of containers helps because they usually stack inside one another.
Store plastic containers that are used regularly in an easy to reach area, usually an upper cupboard- not that corner cupboard that you can't reach anything in ;) This tip may change your life! Lol...
Label every piece. I like to use our last name as we all use them.
Tips on Spices
Go through them every year, toss expired ones.
Use a lazy Susan or a spice box to organize.
If you only need a small amount of an uncommon spice for a recipe consider purchasing only that amount rather than a whole jar.
Tips on Pantries
In a deep pantry use bins to group like items together, then you can pull out the bins to access items more easily.
Keep like items together- ie. Kid's snacks all on the same shelf.
Place items not frequently used or that are extra on the top shelf.
Keep items that you want the kids to be able to access at their reach.
Keep items that you don't want the kids to be able to access out of their reach.
Tips on Quick & Healthy Meals
Double batch meals, even just proteins on the weekend or when you have more time. If you have the BBQ going throw two items on at once. Refrigerate or freeze one for a quick meal on a busy night.
Empty the fridge meals- nachos, tacos, and stir fries are great meals to use up ingredients that need to be used up quickly. They are also generally quick and healthy meals to make.
Plan the week before you go grocery shopping and put a list of the weekly meals on the fridge. Whoever is home first chooses a meal from the list and starts cooking.