Have Realistic Expectations
Preschoolers may not have the coordination or dexterity to neatly make their beds every morning, so a good first effort may be to have them pull the comforter up to the top of the bed, says Kim Cosentino, owner of The De-Clutter Box, an organizing company in Westmont, Illinois. “Be proud of your child’s efforts, and don’t expect perfection.”
Try to give one simple instruction or direction at a time. To a 5- or 6-year-old, “Clean up your room” is an overwhelming statement, but “Put away all the cars in their container” is clearly understood, says organizing pro Cosentino.
Set Limits on Toys
Cleaning is a lot quicker and easier when there’s less clutter to pick up in the first place. Keep toys under control by storing them in covered bins, says Cosentino. “When the bin is overflowing, that flags you that it’s probably time to weed out and eliminate.” Designate a few hours to help your kids choose toys to donate to children who don’t have so many. They’ll learn organization skills and charity at the same time.