A few key sentences that got my attention:
“Her heart was in the right place, but the more she “organized,” the more overwhelming the project became.”
“…organization isn’t a skill that is taught once, then caught forever. It’s an ongoing process to teach children how to categorize items and make discriminating decision about what should go where.”
“The Bible teaches that it’s better to give than receive (Acts 20:35) One way to help your child apply this lesson is to build times of giving into your year – ideally before a time of receiving gifts.”
“Start your child on a lifelong habit of keeping track of upcoming events and responsibilities on a calendar.”
The big one for me:
“There are no right or wrong organizing practices. What works well for one child won’t work for another. Become a student of your child, and understand how she thinks What would make the most sense to her? How does she process information? Armed with that information, you’ll be better equipped to bring order to your child’s room.“
I honestly think going in to organize a child’s room is the worst! I hate it! Talk about being overwhelmed. With my personality type I can get easily distracted with “their” stuff and not understanding how important simple items are to my children. Things that seem to be such non-sense, are important and I have to be careful to not just go directly to my reaction of throwing things out.
I really liked how Glynnis gave steps in helping us navigate our children’s rooms. Creating zones is a great tip and strategy to help them develop habits about where items go and will also help build skills on doing this as they get older. Consider simple storage options that are easy for little hands to operate. Baskets are great, drawers tend to me more difficult.
We’ve managed to have a book shelf in the closet of our kids’ rooms which opens the space in their room allowing for more play area. The same is said for putting the dresser in the closet as well. This works really well until they are about 12 or so, when clothing tends to be more on hangars and takes more room in the closet.
I love to label items and using pictures is a great way to help your child who is not at the age to read. This simple step makes it easier for them to see where things belong and they can be encouraged to clean up on their own and do not need your help after a few times of ‘together’ clean up.
If you have not gone through toys and clothes lately, this is the perfect time to purge those areas before more comes in your home!
Consider these questions, answer them in your journal, comment here or you can leave your comment on the private Facebook page.
Does Glynnis’ Step by Step Plan outline seem like a realistic plan of action?
Do you have a system for keeping school papers and sharing them with other family members?
Do you have a calendar in your child’s room or at a place he was refer to that is just his?
Don’t forget to jump over and listen to the last call in our series – I just got off from recording the call with Myra and it was perfect! A wonderful way to wrap up our study and enter the Christmas season too!