We are over half way into our 12 Week Home Organization Overhaul, and I hope your homes are taking shape into a well organized place of peace and rest. I also pray that it has been a blessing to you and your family.
We are going to move into our kids’ rooms. This may take some time depending on how many rooms you have to tackle. I have 2 rooms, but with the amount of kids, busy schedules, lack of space, and abundance of stuff, it could take awhile. Be patient! Be steady and consistent! Try not to get overwhelmed by doing too much in one day. We want to do a good job, but not get burnt out. We are not necessarily in a hurry.
Did you know that kids need space and they need a sense of order? Your children should be able to clean their room in 10 minutes. Anything more than that is overwhelming for them. Keep that end in mind. Also realize, this is a process. It may get worse before it gets better, but keep on keeping on! It will come together in the end!
7 Steps to cleaning your child’s room:
- Decide if they should take part.
- Gather all of their things from other parts of the house, including clothes.
- Take all the things that do not belong to them out of their room.
- Get your boxes/bags ready: to throw away, give away, and put away.
- Set up a keeper/memory box for each child (they get to decide what they want to keep in their memory box. A Steralite container or a file box works great for this)
- Clean the floor first
- Begin in the closet
For today, your assignment is to get all the tools you will need. Keeper boxes, storage boxes, throw away, give away, and put away boxes or bags.
- Clean the floor
- Pull everything out of the top of the closet.
Tip of the Day: Setting up storage boxes. The top shelves of the closets are the best place for storing your children’s extras. Any out of season clothes, extra toys that you want to keep and rotate, and any hand-me downs. I use the cardboard file boxes. They are the perfect size for closet storage. They stack nicely and fit most any shelf. Remember to record what the contents of each box are on a file card or digitally.