YOU NEVER FIND THE TIME TO ORDER AND DECIDE TO THROW THE TOWEL BEFORE YOU START
DO NOT DO IT!
I imagine that when you even get close to the doorknob, some kind of Poltergueist invades you and makes you not take another step and run away. Ordering a children's room is much easier than you think.
Keep reading and find the solution!
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ORGANIZATION AND ORDER
Organization and order in the home are two different and very useful concepts in my work as a professional organizer, which although colloquially used interchangeably and we all understand each other, knowing their differences will give you the key to understand the reason for the disorder and its solution.
What do we mean when we talk about organization or order?
This is how I explain it in my classes and workshops:
When we talk about organizing we mean planning and when we talking about order we mean in this case to place in the right place.
Do you know the phrase "A place for everything and everything in its place?
This sentence perfectly defines these two concepts: the first part of this sentence "A place for everything ..." refers to the ORGANIZATION and the second part "... everything in its place" refers to ORDER.
Without prior organization, or what is the same, without planning, we will not achieve a lasting order.
We start to order like headless chickens and we believe that buying 50 boxes at IKEA the problem is already solved. The organization and order go much further. The organization implies a meticulous work of analysis of space and content and order, the search for the right place and the perfect accommodation in that place.
♥ EXPERT ADVICE
How many times do my clients tell me, "I order it, but it lasts two days?" The reason is none other: there has been no prior planning.
1º ORGANIZE = PLAN
THE WHY OF THE DISORDER
It is curious that the children's rooms are usually the smallest in the house, they lack built-in wardrobes and we also keep disused clothes in them, from other seasons, toys and even leftovers from the rest of the rooms.
We cannot require children to be organized if their closet is overflowing, if the drawers do not take a pin or the toys are all over the floor because the shelves are full.
Even less should we demand this behavior from them if when we open our own closets, our clothes come down on us and we usually walk around in the morning looking for our mobile, keys or sunglasses.
Let's lead by example!
From a young age and in a way of playing they can be taught the benefits of order so that they will soon be responsible for organizing their room.
Are you one of those who continue to prepare breakfasts and keep t-shirts and socks for the whole family even when they are teenagers and more ...?
Do not do it please! Otherwise, you will get the others to call us "bad mothers"😉
ORGANIZATION OF CHILDREN'S ROOMS
1. SHARED ROOMS
The problems of lack of space usually appear when the family increases and we go from having 1 to 2 or 3 children ...
I mentioned earlier that children's rooms are usually the smallest in the house. What if you consider moving the children to the master bedroom? It can be the definitive solution to the problem of space and if this room also has its own bathroom, it will contribute to your hygiene routines - such as brushing your teeth before going to bed. On the other hand, by feeling your bathroom as exclusive, they will keep it cleaner and tidier.
2. SHARING FROM BABIES
Before the arrival of a new baby, many parents rush to prepare another room because they believe that sharing it with their brother, they will be upset at bedtime. One may wake up the other for the first few days, but this is temporary. In no time, they'll be sleeping soundly through the night and feeling accompanied when the night terrors begin.
3. LOFT AND GARRETS
These types of rooms are uncomfortable for adults, however, their lower height makes them exclusive for children and also for teenagers where they will be delighted to enjoy more independence when they are with their friends.
If you have to reform, open the roof and replace part of the roof with a skylight. You will thus achieve a space with a lot of light.
To take advantage of every inch and obtain the largest possible storage area, custom furniture is the best solution.
4. ORGANIZE AND DECORATE ACCORDING TO THE MONTESSORI METHOD
The Montessori method establishes as an educational method the child's freedom in a structured environment for the integral development of their intellectual, physical and spiritual capacities.
Its 3 basic principles are based on simplicity, beauty and order.
Following this method, the spaces must be open and bright. To achieve this in a children's room, I recommend that you take advantage of all the space that can be converted into a storage area: trundle beds with shelves, large dressers that replace traditional night tables, headboards, shelves or raised beds.
True to the Montessori philosophy, you should include in the room some plants (fern, coleus, aromatic plants that we use to season our dishes) and arrange the furniture at the child's height in a way that invites them to explore, read, paint ... .
The floors must be warm, free of obstacles so that they can move freely, in a relaxed and safe environment.
Mirrors or mirror sheets cannot be missing in a Montessori room. Place them at a height where they can be reflected from the moment they start to crawl.
And order, a lot of order. "A place for everything and everything in its place"
ORDER A KIDS ROOM THROUGH THE GAME
You never find the time to do it because you think you will not be able and you think that in the end you will waste your time. Do not give up. Of course you can!
10 STEPS TO FOLLOW
1. CHOOSING THE DAY
To organize a children's room you need tranquility and be more or less up to date with the rest of the house. It seems that you will never find the moment but you will see as if. Try to have slept well the night before, have a good breakfast and after a hug from your children get down to work. (This hug requirement is already assured).
Don't even think about organizing after an argument with the children, your partner or your mother-in-law !!!
2. OPEN THE WINDOW
Let the fresh air in and renew the atmosphere and stagnant energy in the room.
3. THE BED WELL MADE
There is a current debate about the advantages of not making the bed but I advise making it and doing it well. A well-made bed protects the sheets from dust and provides a sense of order and cleanliness.
5. PREPARING THE GAME
Put 4 boxes together. The boxes should be strong, large and, if possible, with handles and a lid so that they can be easily transported. In each of them write the following words:
RELOCATE (everything that does not belong in this room)
SELL, GIVE OR DONATE
In the recycling box, deposit a garbage bag to easily get rid of all the objects that you deposit here. The bag must be opaque. If the content is not seen, you will avoid changes of mind. And if you want to do it even more professionally, put four different colored bags (always opaque) in this box. Each bag will have an object to be recycled but made from a different material: cardboard, plastic, glass and organic.
Tell your child that you are going to play and that the game is called "4 boxes for everything and everything in its box."
The game consists of filling the 4 boxes with things that correspond to each of them. For example, toys to donate, clothes to be placed, accessories to relocate, books to give away, etc. that are not in their place. (There will be a certain time for the game that you can set depending on the age of the child).
First, as an example, place an item in each of the boxes and explain the process.
6. THE GAME BEGINS
If we add the collaboration of the father, the task will be sewing and singing and the game more fun.
Start the timer and start playing. Laugh together if you stumble when you go from one side of the room to the other or if someone gets confused about the box. It's a game and that's how you should take it. No penalties or reproaches. It's about enjoying.
7. TIME OUT
Once the time is up, you will start with the recycling box. If you have opted for the professional option, get rid of the garbage bags by taking them to the corresponding recycling containers. If you consider that your child is old enough to accompany you, it may be the perfect opportunity to explain in a simple way the need and benefits of recycling.
8. BOX OF ITEMS TO GIVE AS A GIFT, DONATE OR SELL
Move it to a place where you can easily access it and where you can see it, as you should carry out this task as soon as possible.
9. BOX RELOCATE
Put all the objects in this box in each corresponding room and in the right place.
10. RECOVERED THE INITIAL CHAOS
You are now ready to organize your COLOCA box.