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Teaching Children To Organize

Organizing is something that many people are born with, yet those who aren?t need not despair. Organizing is a LEARNED SKILL and one that kids and adults alike can pick up at any time. Here are some ways to organize a kid?s room, and teach the principles of organizing at the same time.

If the child has a lot of stuffed animals that he/she has outgrown?but just isn?t ready to part with yet?use a HAMMOCK or a net that hangs way up in the corner of the ceiling. The toys can be put up there and they can still be seen but they are out of the way.

Kids can organize their toys by category (cars and trucks together, dolls together, specific types of games together, etc) in big bins or baskets. If the child can read, LABEL the bins to help them remember which bins are for which category. LIDS are usually too much for kids to deal with, so get containers without lids, or store the lids elsewhere for when the kids aren?t using the bins anymore.

Set up ?zones? in the room for DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES?art & craft zone, reading zone, puzzle zone, and a large play area to play with blocks and whatnot. Get the appropriate TOOLS for each zone, such tables for the child to work at in the art and craft zone, shelves for puzzles and games in that zone, and a comfy chair and a bookshelf in the reading zone.

Because kids need a good amount of floor space to play in, use the WALL SPACE for storage. Hanging sturdy shelves or wall bins at a height that can be reached by the kids, clear plastic wall pockets, or stacked milk crates work well for kids to do their own organizing. Container Store is great for shelves if you have one in your area. Their Elfa shelving system is totally ADJUSTABLE, so when the kids grow taller, just snap out the shelves, and snap them in higher up on the tracks! It?s the only shelving system I use with my clients, and I love it.

Teach kids the benefit of CONTAINERIZING items by category or by the activity that required?for example, things you build, things you read, things to draw with/on, or toys with wheels. Teach them how organizing makes their things easier to find. So much of what we call clutter is just stuff that has no home, and even kids can ASSIGN homes to all their stuff and be taught how to put things away when they?re finished.

For kids clothing, install shelving in their closets that they can reach and use lots of hooks and HANGING SPACE. If kids clothes are in a folded pile or in a drawer, they are more likely to just wear what?s on top, rather than looking through the pile, so hang as much as possible.

Hang a clothesline along one wall of the child?s room, a few feet down from ceiling level, and use CLOTHESPINS to display artwork that kids bring home from school. Once it?s been displayed, if the child can?t part with it, use clear UNDERBED containers for longer-term storage.

Kids can be taught organizing concepts and tactics, which will serve them well through school and into their adult years. And who knows?with their creative little minds working, you might learn something new about organizing from them!

About the Author

Monica Ricci has been an organizing specialist since 1999, and her motivational presentations teach effective organizing and simplifying techniques for home and work. She also offers free email tips and ideas on how to make life simpler and more organized. Her topics include clutter control, paper management, time management, organizing space and procrastination.Contact Monica at 770-569-2642 or Monica@CatalystOrganizing.com.


Erin 01.04.2007. 05:46

What happened to teaching children proper English and grammar? Honestly. I don't understand this. It seems like we are too busy teaching our children the finer sides of cooking and organized sports than we are teaching them the simple basics of life. I almost had a heart attack today when I saw a question from a twenty-something that honestly said "be trade" instead of "betrayed." How does this happen? Where are we going wrong? Am I the only person in the world to find this utterly ridiculous?


Admin 01.04.2007. 05:46

I am a foreign language teacher and I couldn't agree more. I constantly have to tell my students to speak proper English so they can understand what I am teaching them. It got so bad that one day I posted a sign outside my classroom . Welcome to Ms. Z's class kindly leave your " slang" at the door. The students at first mocked my corrections however now they correct each other when they address each other in slang terms.


Eridees 21.01.2008. 10:05

What do you think are the reasons that education seems to have become an opposition to religion? In previous ages, nearly all schools were run by community churches. You might say that the modern education system had its roots back in the days when churches actually performed a community function by teaching children to read and write and the basics of mathematics. As time progressed, a trend seems to have developed where people exposed to excessive amounts of religious doctrine typically have low education levels. Those in society with the highest education levels place little importance in religion and statistics show this trend again and again.

So what seems to have happened is that religion gave initial life to education but education gave people the means of escaping the shackles of religion. Do you think that religious people centuries ago just didn?t foresee how education and the field of science would eventually grow to challenge the power of organized religion?


Admin 21.01.2008. 10:05

Everyone is so PC now. It's "impolite" to talk bout religion. To keep everyone happy, they have no "religion" at all.

Except in schools in NSW Australia, they still allow people to come in and teach the classes scripture, unless the parents write a note to say they can't attend. Technically any religion can teach there, but only Protestant Christians do teach the classes, Catholics go to "special scripture", out of class.


Clemence J 09.11.2006. 16:48

Is home educating a child expensive? How do you know what to teach the child? is home educating a child espensive? also...how do you go about organising home education? Who do you need to contact? How do you know what you need to teach the child?(within England)

Clemence J

Admin 09.11.2006. 16:48

Home education can be as expensive or inexpensive as you make it. There are tons of free resources but tons of paid resources. I don't know what the laws in England are. Here are a few websites that may be helpful to you.

hope that this is of help to you. Find a group in your area for support and ideas.


Tori Nicole 28.03.2013. 04:56

How can I make this sound more professional ? I'm re-doing my resume and I'm trying to make my recent work sound more professional but am not sure how considering it was a day care job.

Assistant Teacher, Kid?s Kingdom Learning Center
?Taught children alphabet, numbers, colors etc.
?Recorded information on ?Daily Sheets? about children?s day and recent activity.
?Cleaned children?s surroundings/had to maintain a clean environment.
?Maintained room when teacher was not present
?Organized toys, shelves, cabinets
?Disinfected shelves/toys etc.
?Spoke with multiple parents on a daily basis

How can I make it sound better?

Tori Nicole

.vato. 08.10.2007. 12:58

How much time does your child spend outdoors? I go on a walk every day to see parks where kids used to laugh and play that are now deserted. I see baseball fields where boys used to have smile when they hit a home run that are barren. I see trees that used to have the best tree houses in town empty or cut down.

Why is this? What are we teaching our children?

I remember when a game of pick-up football was ten times better then anything organized could be. I remember just running down the block to ask if my friends could come out to play was my highlight. I remember so much fun in my childhood just from being outdoors.

How much time does your child spend outdoors? Do you have to force them or do they go willingly? At what age were they ?allowed? to go outdoors alone? If they don?t spend much time outside, what do they do with the majority of their free time?

Amy, I?ve picked you as best and here?s why?

I love the idea of having kids go out to play BEFORE doing their homework. My cousin [5 years at the time] had a lot of behavior problems before he came to live with my husband and I. He also had FAS. We decided to start taking him to the park every day after he got out of preschool. Voila, they disappeared.

I think as a society we are so focused on school work, study, family time, etc. that we forget that sometimes the best time for everyone is outdoor play. You see kids with ADD and ADHD which I bet many are misdiagnosed because they don?t get to be rowdy or hyper at some point in the day so they can?t focused.

As you?ve pointed out, recess is so short now and teachers [surprisingly] use it as a tool to get kids to behave. ?I?ll take away your recess if you don?t behave during class?? When really, if they just let them have their recess they?d have a great day free from misbehaving.

It's a vicous cycle!


Admin 08.10.2007. 12:58

this time of year, my kids spend lots of time outdoors. they'll play outside after dark until it starts getting chilly out. i know in a few short weeks, they won't be able to as much (shorter, colder days).

my kids have been allowed to go outside alone since they were about 4. we live in a very safe rural area. neighbor knows neighbor. i have absolutely no worries about them being out, even when they were young.

i agree with you. you don't normally see as many kids out playing like when i was a child it seems. no wonder obesity is on the rise in young children. they sit in a classroom all day (my 8 yr old gets a 20 minute recess...my 13 yr old has no free time) and the teacher loads them down with homework. i do recognize the fact they do need exercise and outdoor activity but how many parents do you know that tell their children they have to get their homework done before they play? i know many. we have the opposite rule in our house....you spend some time outside, whether it be riding your bikes, playing with eachother, etc, before homework (especially on the warmer winter days when there is less daytime hours).


tresflip1 05.09.2008. 00:02

How do you teach English conversation? I am living in Japan and I currently teach children. I am TEFL qualified but I want to move onto adult English conversation classes.

I know there is a lot of websites out there but they don't actually tell you how to go about it. I like about.com but it still doesn't actually tell you the way to organize a lesson. I thought I would ask all you helpful people before I hit the book shops.


Admin 05.09.2008. 00:02

Try to think of a topic based lesson that can be split into several (varied) short activities. You can structure it much as you would a normal lesson in that you begin with a greater level of input from the teacher, maybe in the form of vocabulary, structure or pronunciation, and lead through the practice stages until you reach a free practice stage.

Group work and pair work is vital to give the students the maximum amount of speaking practice. The teacher can monitor and correct as and when necessary.

All sorts of material can be adapted for conversation classes - pictures, videos, poetry, newspapers etc.

A lot of games can be utilised too.


happytrails 04.07.2007. 06:45

What is happening to the english language? Seriously, so many of the questions/answers on here are a mess! Are people on here lazy or just stupid? I know I am opening myself up to a bunch of broken, slang english answers. I want an answer that doesn't have any text message/ AIM lingo. I have graded COLLEGE papers where students use terms, such as LOL and idk in their FINAL PAPERS! It's atrocious that our language is being slaughtered this way and it sounds really unintelligent. What are we teaching children these days?


Admin 04.07.2007. 06:45

I think it's disintegrating into a hail of soundbites... -Little fragments of Information that "say" little, & "mean" less. Organized "thought"- seems to be on the way OUT... -no one has the "time" for explainations anymore... Maybe our language is merely returning to the time when we all spoke in the "shorthand" of grunts, squeeks, & exclaimations...


migh 06.07.2009. 21:28

What Are Some Fun Games/Crafts/Activities To Teach Children About Protecting The Environment And Recycling? For Children between the ages of 6 and 12 preferably... anything from games, to making stuff from recyclable materials and other such activities...

Any ideas/links would be much appreciated!


Admin 06.07.2009. 21:28

I've actually built a database of children's games for my ESL teaching here in Taiwan. You can find it at http://www.taiwanenglish.com/games.php. There should be some games there you can tailor to teaching about the environment. We're adding more all the time.

We have the whole thing organized so you can adjust by age level, materials, etc. My little kids love red light, green light, and also any game where they get to run around and throw things at me.


deena 30.04.2009. 21:03

Should parents involve their children in organized, competitive sport? Should parents involve their children in organized, competitive sport?
Why or why not?


Admin 30.04.2009. 21:03

I think it's a great thing to get them involved in- until and unless they show dis-interest in it.
My oldest son was signed up for soccer, baseball, & football for the last two years, then this year he said he didn't want to play anything but football. He's not even very good at it (forgive me for saying so!) but he has fun with it. I think it's a very good thing for kids to be involved in. It teaches them to work with others, resolve conflicts within a group, and all sorts of other life-skills.

I would never, however, push any of my children to do something they didn't want to do- OR to work so hard at ONE thing that it consumes their life. I can't stand when parents push their children SO hard to be the BEST at things, instead of just letting them have fun!


Clemence J 13.11.2006. 12:53

How do parents learn how to structure home tuition? How do parents who don't have a clue about home education /how it's structured learn how to organise this? can a parent who isn't a teacher/isn't up to date with all the subjects still teach the child?

Clemence J

Admin 13.11.2006. 12:53

Please Please Please get proper medical help.

You are abusing other useres of Yahoo Answers with your repeat postings.

You have been given lots of very good advice and sympathy from many many users.

You are ignoring everyone and posting the same topic questions over and over again.

You never choose best answer or give feedback.

I am from this point on reporting all your questions as repeat postings.

I hope others will join me and you will seek help from the proper qualified channels.

Anybody who thinks I am being out of order should check this users profile of asked questions and read them to see all the conflicting information before forming an opinion.


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