One Minute Tip: 3 Ways to Help Your Kids Stay Organized

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Teaching organizing habits to kids is no easy thing. In today's video, Jeni Aron gives us three tips on how to encourage young people to develop their own habits - and make it fun!

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Teaching organizing habits to kids is no easy thing. In today's video, Jeni Aron gives us three tips on how to encourage young people to develop their own habits - and make it fun!

Three Tips for Helping Your Kids Stay Organized:

1. Make their things accessible to them: Storing toys, clothes, and books in places they can reach will help them to feel more ownership over them, and allow them to put things away without your help.

2. Find fun storage containers: Using language and items that have imagination will engage kids in their own pick-up habits. "Feed the raccoon your dirty laundry! Quick! He's hungry!!" and "Oh no that piggy is eating all of your LEGOS!!" are a lot more fun to say than the stern old "Put your clothes away or you're not getting dessert" trick.

3. Don't micromanage: No one likes to be micromanaged, even kids! Make storage categories easy for kids to relate to. Put things away by color, size of item, make-believe game - whatever makes sense to them. Categories that help your kids to remember where their things are are much more valuable than having the satisfaction that every Playmobil item is back with its original set (which, let's face it, never happens anyway).

Remember, the goal is for your kids to take full ownership of their things - including putting them away - so give it to them!

• The Star: Jeni Aron is the Clutter Cowgirl, a Professional Organizer working in the NYC area since 2003. The goal with each client is to create solutions that work specifically for their needs which lead to a more productive and calm way of life. Challenging transitions like moving to a new space, welcoming a baby, and combining households with a partner are just some of the situations where clients have used Jeni's organizing services. She has been described as "non-judgmental" and "focused," and many clients have even admitted to having fun during their organizing sessions! Change isn't just good... it's great.

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