I bet you’ve heard this one before:
My New Year’s Resolution is to be more organized!
Being and staying organized is an awesome habit to have - but oftentimes, it’s a hard one to keep. Still, we all know the benefits, like that we have more time, we get less overwhelmed, and most importantly, are able to focus on what we need to do during the day.
A great way to stay consistent with your habits is to get an accountability buddy… And who better to buddy up with than with your kids? Children learn by example, and it has the added bonus of helping you be more mindful about your own habits.
Here are a few ideas to get started:
Checklists are a great tool to keep tasks organized and save some brain energy for more important things! It’s also a great way to teach your children how to plan the day ahead. Did you know that Benjamin Franklin always plans the next day in his journal? Here are some examples that your child can put:
Prepare everything you need the night before
Another great habit to help you stay organized is to prepare everything you need when you wake up tomorrow. Teach your child to pack their bag and prepare their school uniform for the next day. When they wake up, they get ready for school in a shorter time and don’t feel rushed or pressured - which we all know, is when we forget stuff at home.
Have a designated area for everything
The closet is your first challenge! Let your child sort their clothes into separate piles for going out clothes and pambahay clothes and make this a habit. You can use plastic boxes for bags or simply hang them in one place. Toys should always be packed-up in boxes after play time.
It’s also a great practice for a child to clear their desk after homework and return their pencils to their case and books into their bag so they don’t forget them at home.
Once a week clean up
Part of developing an organizing habit is forgiving yourself when you make the occasional slip up! You and your child can take a few minutes a week cleaning up and reorganizing your things.
Everytime you buy new clothes, give one away
Wouldn’t it be great if we could not only save space in our closets but also help our brothers and sisters? This is a great habit that teaches your child the value of generosity and not being greedy or possessive.
That’s it for now dear parents - I’m sure there are so many more ways we can all stay organized. What’s important is that responsibility and accountability is learned and practiced while your children grow up, and we could probably use the practice ourselves sometimes!
I hope this gave you some cools ideas - do you have your own way of staying organized with your child? Why not talk about them in the comments below?
Until the next post, and goodluck!