Follow these Easy Step-by-Step Directions
1) Make the bed first.
Since this is the largest surface, the room is now 50-70% clean!
2) Put everything away on the floor.
Start at the doorway and move everything (besides obvious trash) from the floor to the bed.
3) Clean up the rest by three categories:
* Clothes: put in hamper, or away in drawers and closet.
* Papers and books: organize papers in notebooks or a file, and books on shelves.
* Toys or favorite collections: place on open shelves.
4) Add one extra cleaning area per week after the above three steps:
* Dresser top
5) Empty the wastebasket often.
Organizing expert Emily Barnes says, “Children don’t do what you expect, but what you inspect.” So check on any cleaning they do.
I am a firm believer that “If you work orderly, you will think orderly.” What a great academic help orderly habits at home can be for kids!
Excerpted and adapted with permission from speaker and author Marcia Ramsland’s, “Ages and Stages of Getting Children Organized” booklet.