The Boy is a slob. You would think for a kid that couldn’t resist lining up Pringles and m&ms as a toddler, his room would have some semblance of order, but not so much. This misplacing of things has been the reason for many, many a morning meltdown. I have found that even when I try to predict every possible little thing he may need for school, something else will come up in the last two minutes before we need to be out the door (in order to get to school first, lest that spark a meltdown). Whew.
Bins and organizers are not the answer. I have a sneaking suspicion that The Container Store and IKEA do a great deal of their yearly business in January, when people decide that the only reason they are disorganized is because they don’t have enough BINS!
So, little miss Has-All-The-Answers, what is the answer??
Training. Here’s how I know. The Boy went to daycare as a wee one at a lady’s house, and loved her. She taught him to put his shoes just inside the door, and pop his socks right inside, so they would be there when he wanted to put them back on to go outside. He was there from the age of about 6 months to 3 years, and you know what? To this day, he still does this with his shoes. Ergo, finding a particular space for all of his things, and then using those spaces with lots and lots of repetition is the plan.
Of course, the purging of unnecessary and duplicate items comes first. But then, it’s time for mise-en-place and repetition. The other part of the game plan? Buying multiples of the things he wears and uses most. This means less laundry and hunting for me.
Any other tips for getting your child to be somewhat organized? Share them in the comments.