Organized Kids: Is it a Dream?

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Is that even possible!!? You would think so, for you to do it that is! Organized kids are hard to come by these days. Don’t you think? Oh, sure, you can go through their room — like I do every so often — and pull everything out of every corner of the room and dump it all in the middle of their floor … and then ORGANIZE IT!

Yeah, I take the lead on this, but I don’t let it go without the help of the child that sleeps in that room either! I’ll put her down in the middle with me and we go through everything one by one to decide whether or not it’s trash, unwanted (and therefore can be donated) or those that are kept. Once we do that, we then take all the KEEPERS and organize them back into the bins/boxes/drawers that they belong in. Once we’re all done, the room feels and LOOKS so much better. And, YEP, she likes it that way. But, how come she can’t keep it that way? Well, did I ever? No. So, that’s where my problem is!

She learned from me … the hoarder of sorts. I let things pile up a little before I get it organized into the space it needs to be. I love taking the time to sort it all out and remember where I got this or that. Or, maybe it’s just the everyday stuff that sits on the “catch-all” table in that one room of the house. Admit it, you’ve got one, too! Just before your lovely pile crashes loudly to the floor do you set to organizing it all and putting it all away. See, you know what I’m talking about, don’t you? Yeah, those little eyes of your child are watching intently, yet unknowingly picking up on your very own habits.

When we finally clean and reorganize our daughter’s room and she LOVES knowing where everything is and how good her room looks. Now, if I can do the same to the rest of the house and KEEP it that way, maybe she’ll re-learn her ways and do the same. So, in order to get organized kids, you’ve gotta start with organized PARENTS!

Kiera Ashford is associate editor of Nashville Parent and mother of two rambunctious kids and a new baby!

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