If you feel that you’re constantly doing everything at home, you’re probably not alone. And yes this applies to both moms and dads- parents in general really. Sometimes it’s difficult to get your kids in on the housework. Though we’ve previously talked about apps to organize your family, today we’ll talk about how to organize your family so you aren’t doing all the work. And if you need ideas, here are more home organization tips for moms.
Sounds good, right? I’m fortunate that Kyle helps out a lot of with housework. In fact, he’s better at getting everything initially cleaned. I’m great with upkeep and I don’t mind deep cleaning. Sweet B helps out a little and it’s something that we’re going to work on with Squeaker.
Kids of almost any age can get involved with housework and chores.
4 Tips for Organizing Your Family
* Make it about responsibility and ownership. For things like jackets and shoes, each family member can certainly be held responsible and accountable. Especially where it concerns their personal space- give them ownership over it. It’s their bedroom, let it be their responsibility.
* Make it a point system. For older children, give them a certain number of points per task that they help with. These points can then be traded in for privileges (such as watching TV, computer time, etc.)
* Make a Toy Jail. Or something similar if you have older children. Sometimes that’s all the motivation that a child needs to help clean up.
* Establish Work Space. To keep homework from getting lost, establish a clear work space that has everything your child will need. Keep this area free from distraction. Likewise, make a work space for every family member if you can. Having space to do what you need to do can be a blessing.
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Essential Tools For Home Organization
Bins and Containers
Finding the right bins and containers for items can really help get things off the floor and onto shelves, into closets, and just up off the floor. You may find that you can get by with a few clear bins in each work space, or a set of inexpensive plastic shelves.
You may prefer a large dresser or filing cabinet for the whole family, with each person having his or her drawer. Whatever you choose, make sure the containers can be closed and stacked, and that you can see what’s in them (and/or label them).
Other options could include toy chests, baskets, hampers, etc.
Almost anything can become a container for organizing, you just need to put it to use.
But don’t use a container for organizing as an excuse to stash. Stashing is not organizing and stashing is not cleaning.
What tips do you have to share? What has worked for you with organizing your family?
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