20 Tips to Help Your Child Get Organized at Home

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Help Your Child To Become Self-Sufficient

1. Sit down with your child and together list everything you both think your child can do around the house to stay organized and help out.

2. Create a daily chart of jobs that all members of the family are responsible to complete.  Hang the chart in a prominent place and help your young children check it each day.  Older kids can be responsible for their own accounting.

3. Those students who are into technology may wish to keep a jobs calendar on their iPads or computers and indicate when they’ve finished a task.

4. Go over the “task list” with your child, prioritizing items on the list so that your child understands what order is important and why it is.

5. Divide jobs into days.  Monday is for vacuuming.  Tuesday is for picking up stuff that is lying on the floor.  Friday is for placing dirty clothes in the hamper.  Sunday is for putting toys away.

6. Start the student’s responsibilities in the bedroom by placing hooks in your child’s closet for her to easily hang up her clothing.

7. Lower the height of the closet shelves and hooks to fit your child’s height.

8. Lay clothes out at night for a younger child and have him arrange them in order of what he puts on first, etc.

9. When a child can tell time, make him responsible for his own alarm clock and getting up on time.

10. Put a clothes’ basket in your child’s room in which clean clothes may be deposited.  Your child can then fold them and put them away.

11. Have fun containers in the room to hold “things.”  Use bright baskets, sturdy boxes, plastic containers, small trash cans to hold toys, clothing, school items.  Your child can even categorize the items – e.g. all underwear in the blue box.

12. Set aside a special area in the bathroom or bedroom where your child may keep his toothbrush, special soap, bubble bath, shampoo and other toiletries.

13. Set up an area in your home where your child may work on homework in a quiet, undisturbed place.

14. Let your child select a few colorful containers in which to keep school supplies to assist in completing homework at the homework space.  Try to prevent wasted time searching for pencils and other supplies.

15. Before your child begins working on her homework, ask her to show you what she has to do and how long she thinks it will take to complete.  Also, identify any work that she might find difficult and need help to complete.

16. If you and your child are having difficulty understanding an assignment, try to figure it out, call the homework hotline, ask another parent or send a note in to the teacher.  Don’t do your child’s homework for her.

17. When your child arrives home from school, ask him if he has any notes or special notices to share with you.  Make this a daily ritual.

18.Try to make cleaning his bedroom or helping around the house a fun activity for your child by involving the whole family.  Celebrate successes.

19. Be sure to praise and thank your child for the good work and effort he or she is putting forward.  Praise goes a long way to reinforcing responsibility.

20. Be a role model for your child when it comes to organization.  Your child will watch how you handle keeping things organized.  Walk your talk.

You may wish to sit down with your child and brainstorm other areas of responsibility that you might decide to add to your organizational list.  The possibilities for tasks that give children practice in being organized and responsible are endless.  Here are the 10 “Be’s” that go with the above list.

  1. Be clear
  2. Be consistent
  3. Be fair
  4. Be positive
  5. Be firm
  6. Be happy
  7. Be creative
  8. Be unwavering
  9. Be encouraging
  10. Be a role model
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