How do you help your children to be organized?

United States
February 25, 2008 9:59pm CST
It's a constant battle getting my kids to clean their rooms. Okay - cleaning their rooms is not a problem - KEEPING their rooms clean is. My son drives me crazy - his room will be spotless one day - and 5 minutes later it looks like a tornado hit it. How does this happen? It was just clean a minute ago, I ask him and he of course says 'I don't know.' He tells me he wants his room to stay clean and he wants to be organized but it's a lot of work. I've have gone through their rooms, cleaned it helped them organize it so many times but it dosn't seem to last long. Maybe I am expecting too much. I just want them to learn how to be organized, now when they are younger, so they are not a unorganized mess like me when they grow up. Okay - I'm not that unorganized but I feel like it most of the time...LOL.
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@Bunnypal (47)
• United States
26 Feb 08
My belief on this topic is... When you clean your room and you remove something form its spot of where it normaly is then you look for it. Causing a mess. So you know where things are when you have your room your way. To get your kids to do better with this and be organized get them to spend maybe a day organizing their room. Putting labels on things. And familerizing themselves with their new spots. hope this helps... Bunny- Chris
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• United States
26 Feb 08
Right, and I've told them that so many times, just put stuff back where you got it - before you get anything else out. I feel bad cause he says it's so much work - when I know it shouldn't be.
@mom4kids (658)
• Canada
6 Mar 08
I have got my kids trained good! We have 4 kids, and 3 of them share a room. It's really big and they like being together. They are 5 1/2, 4 and 2. I got medium sized rubbermaid bins. They have lids on and they are allowed 2 open at a time and not allowed new ones unless they put the toys from the ones they've used already. They have other toys besides that, a toy kitchen, riding cars, rocking horse, costumes but each thing has its place. Their room used to be so messy but after I got the bins and about a week of helping them clean, they clean it themselves. Alot of the time without me even asking. If its not clean, we all clean it together quickly before bed, I help them if its done then. My two year old even cleans, alot of the time she's the best cleaner. My 5 year old sings a clean up song, that makes it fun for them to clean that she learned at school. "Clean up, clean up, everyone and everywhere, Clean up, clean up, everybody do their share." You didn't say how old your son is?
• United States
6 Mar 08
My son just turned 12. I have two younger children 2 1/2 and 4, and they do a great job (most of the time) cleaning up their room. It's so easy to get the younger ones excited and encouraged. It's so exciting for them to be mommy's big helper. It seems to be the older children that are having problems keeping things organized. I have a 14, 12, and 11 year old.
• Indonesia
26 Feb 08
First by being organized myself, I like organized things, my office desk and home is highly organized (according to me anyway..lol) in that way i'll make my daughter to be used to organized living and she'll carry that through her life.
• Canada
26 Feb 08
its a never ending battle in my house too. We just purchased a set of bunk beds for my 3 year old son, since we are taking his bed for the new baby. His bed was a 3 in 1, crib, toddler day bed. Anyways we gutted out his entire room to empty. I washed everything as we put it all back. I organized his toys and everything and within minutes he had it tore apart again. I was livid. I can't get him to keep his room clean and organized no mater how I try