5 MUST-HAVES TO CUT CLUTTER AT ANY AGE
For less than $100, you can outfit your child’s bedroom for optimal ongoing organization. Incorporating the following five essentials will result in a tidier home and more organized kid spaces.
Why: Everyone needs a special spot to organize reading materials. Establishing a rule that your child’s library must fit on his or her bookcase helps limit sprawl.
Look for: A piece with two to four solid-wood shelves that are 10 to 12 inches deep and adjustable.
Tip: Add a few bookends and gather magazines in holders. Secure the bookcase to the wall with appropriate hardware.
Analog Wall Clock
Why: A clock with moving hands visually reinforces the passing of time. Only when a child understands how long 15 minutes or an hour is can she begin to manage her time.
Look for: A clock that’s 8 to 12 inches in diameter with all 12 numbers, minute marks, and a second hand.
Tip: Hang clocks in other rooms where sticking to a schedule is important, such as a bath and the kitchen.
Why: A clean bedroom requires a spot to immediately toss rubbish.
Look for: A personal-size plastic bin, which is easy to rinse or scrub if someone decides to trash an unfinished ice cream cone (it happens). Avoid bins with lids, which just add a barrier to throwing out items.
Tip: Establish a day when all trash bins are emptied. Make specific family members responsible for emptying each bin.
Why: Dirty laundry needs a landing spot that’s not the floor, bed, or chair.
Look for: A ventilated plastic container or a mildew- resistant fabric bin with a sturdy frame. Go for a taller bin and forgo the lid.
Tip: Transition dirty clothing from a hamper to a laundry basket to transport items to and from the laundry room. Keep the hamper in your kid’s room to continue collecting dirties.
Why: Money management begins with physically organizing coins and bills that your child receives as gifts or allowance.
Look for: A plastic or glass container for coins that allows you to see what’s inside. Store bills in a wallet or clear lidded box.
Tip: Start with a bank and, as kids age, move money to three jars labeled “spend,” “save,” and “give.” Open a checking account for tweens or teens.