What are some strategies to calm the clutter and bring order to the kids’ rooms?
WORDS JOANNA ONG
Nathalie Ricaud, a professional organiser from Get Organised & Beyond shares some approaches that she uses with her clients:
1. Gather all the items you’re planning to store in your child’s room into her room as her belongings are likely to be scattered all around your home.
2. Sort the items in categories. For example, if you’re tackling the toys, categories could be building blocks, board and card games, figurines, dolls, train sets etc. For clothes, it could be by type (shorts, T-shirts, pants, dresses etc.) or occasion (school uniforms, home, outdoors, smart etc.).
3. Purge by category. It’s critical to do the purging by category because it’s only when you look at a category as a whole that you can appreciate how much you have in this category and decide how much you should keep. Keep only what the child uses, needs and loves, and what can fit in the storage space.
4. Assign a home. Each and every item needs to have a dedicated home so that the child knows where to find it and where to put it away. Keep things she frequently uses easily accessible. If you want your child to dress up independently, make sure she can easily reach her clothes.
Make sure bulky and heavy toys are kept on lower shelves
so that it doesn’t become a hazard when she wants to reach them.
On the other hand, you may want to keep jigsaw puzzles on higher shelves
so that younger siblings don’t end up mixing the pieces.
5. Containerise. Use boxes, baskets and containers to keep the category of small items together so that she can find things easily. It also helps to set a limit of how much to keep in the category. If the container is full, then she’ll have to let go of an item in the container to make room for a new one.
6. Label the container so that you and your child know the contents of each container. If the child can’t read yet, label the container with a picture or a drawing of its contents.
7. Fine-tune. It’s not always possible to get the organising right the first time. In fact, there’s quite a lot of trying and failing involved in organising. Don’t let this discourage you. Make adjustments as long as needed until it really works for you and your child.