Frugal organizing is a challenge. It is also hard not to get caught up purchasing all the cool organizational tools, storage items and gadgets on the market. All are designed to make organizing easier, but they can cost you a fortune. There are alternatives to these expensive store bought items.
Children’s rooms are a challenge. And they are also an exception to my love of organizing. Organizing a child’s room is really not very fun at all. They always have billions of tiny toys, treasures, rocks and trash littering every foreseeable surface in their room.
There always seems to be a mess and rarely does it stay clean for more than about 3 days on average. Why? It took me awhile to figure it out, but after reading several GREAT books, my favorite being Julie Morgenstern’s “Organizing from the Inside Out”, I figured out what it was. It is because I am an adult, and I organize as one. They are a child, and they live as one.
The first step is to view the world as your child sees it. In their room, adult storage methods are not going to work!
Getting your child involved in the whole process is a key to success. By teaching them proper storage techniques, not only does it help keep the room clean, but it also prepares them for a life of more organized living! I assure you these techniques work, if you apply them properly and consistently!
Since a child’s room is usually quite small in size, often shared with a sibling, and just in general lacks built-in storage, you have to modify their world. A child just cannot stay organized if the closet is crammed full of outgrown items or off season, things from other areas of the house and too many clothing and toys, and drawers that are stuffed and overflowing.
And what about the furniture,toys and other play things all over the room. I’m sure there is carpet in there somewhere. You just have to find it.
So what’s the solution? The Simple “S” Strategy – Sort, Store and Simplify.
See the frugal living blog for the next installment of this series of articles on frugally organizing a child’s space without buying a thing.