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.

Secrets of Getting Organized - - Storage Doctor -

ONE

Book­case

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.

TWO

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.

THREE

TRASH BIN

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.

FOUR

HAM­PER

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.

FIVE

BANK

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.

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