Step 13 – Organize Your Kids
It is the perfect time to organize the kids. We are about 2 weeks away from a new school year and they have had the entire summer of freedom (at least my kids have)!
You have already done part of this!! Woo Hoo!!!
You have created a command center, chore charts, created morning and bed time routines, and meal plans, so now, all that is left, is getting your kids on board.
Step 1 –
Show them the command center and explain how it works. Show them where they can leave and get notes from other family members, as well as look for important papers and where to put papers that need to be tended to. Show them your family calendar and explain that this is where all of the important events need to be written down.
Step 2 –
If you havent already, give them their chore charts, and explain exactly what you expect. It is their responsibility to adhere to the chores. Tell them to keep a copy on their phone wher they don’t lose it. Make some rules for your chore charts. For example, my rule is: they cannot do anything or have anyone over until their chores are done. If they don’t do their chores throughout the week, they have to spend all day Saturday helping me clean house and do laundry!
Step 3 –
Create morning and bedtime routines for them. Set bedtimes. Get them an alarm so they can start waking themselves up. Make it fun for them also. Have a 15 minute family “tidy the house” session and then sit down and do a devotion together or talk about you day. This will take a little time to get in the hang of so don’t give up!
Step 4 –
Include them in the meal planning. Tell them if there are certain meals they want, write them down (complete with ingredients and recipe) and put them in a designated location. Set aside nights where they cook dinner! (These are my favorites!) Or, if they are too little to cook, cook as a family.
Step 5 –
Tackle that nasty bedroom! Throw away 20 things! I know we already did this but I am sure that your kids have accumulated more junk since then! Don’t worry about getting too detailed (separating Barbie’s clothes by color)…you will just get upset when they wreck it in 10 minutes. Think “what would make life easier for me and them” as you clean. MAKE THEM HELP!!!
Step 6 –
Create a command center in their bedrooms. This is just a place where they hang their backpack and jacket and where they lay out their clothes for the next day. I was super cool, years ago and made this rack where I would iron and pick out their clothes for the entire week…
I Have to remind myself that I was borderline psycho back then!!
If their room is too small, you can create a little “drop” center in the hall or near the door that you go in and out of the most.
Here are several cute ideas…
Step 7 –
You should be a seasoned pro at this one by now…Remember what you did in your closet, now do it in the kids closets…
- change out hangers
- add hooks
- add baskets, boxes or bins
- color coordinate
And there you have it…a solid foundation to build upon!!!
We are almost done!!! Only 2 steps left and I have a surprise coming!!!!