Collect all of last year’s school memories and place in a special water proof box in the garage, attic or basement. Now you have room for the coming year. We use large camping trunks. One for each kid.
Give your kids a large bag & ask them to fill it with all items from their rooms that they no longer wish to keep. The rule is they have to fill the bag. Donate them.
Kneel to your child’s level when organizing their toys & books.
Kids of all ages have great ideas. Involve them in the process. Make it fun.
For quiet bedrooms only allow books, puzzles, drawing materials & stuffed animals
Sunday night is “clean up night”. Spend time after dinner getting ready for the busy week ahead.
Add a big bulletin board to their room. Kids & young adults love mementos. Add them to the board.
Decorate their rooms with their own framed artwork. Or put large frames (no glass) on the wall & switch out their artwork with a simple thumbtack inside the frame.
Play your favorite music during clean up time & challenge your family to see how much you can get done in two songs. My sons & I can clean the kitchen after dinner in 11 minutes J
My sons had a night light by their bed, access to books and their stuffed animals on their beds. They were allowed to stay up & read but not get out of bed.
Be careful bringing too much to the college dorm room.
Create zones. For instance study zone, drawing zone, resting zone & clothing zone.