Unfortunately, these lessons are not taught at school, so it's up to the parents to teach their children basic organizational principles and the mudroom provides the perfect "classroom" setting for beginners.
The Five Golden Rules of Teaching Your Child Basic Organizing Skills
Become a Role Model:
Children learn by observing the habits of their parents. If they witness you coming home and throwing your boots and shoes around in no order, they will think it is OK to do the same thing. Teach them by placing your shoes in a designated area. Your children will want to keep you happy and try to mimic your actions.
Hold A Family Meeting:
Explain the many benefits of keeping this room neat and organized which include:
- Having more time to spend quality time with them.
- Enjoying stress-free mornings, which will ensure a great start to your child's day.
Let Your Child Be Involved In The Process:
Children love having their own designated space. If they feel involved from the start, they are more likely stick to the system they developed.
Make It Fun:
Let them create their own organizing solutions that they will be responsible for.
Here are a few options you can suggest to them:
- Baskets: have a child pick out their own basket in which to place hats, gloves and small items. Allow them to paint or decorate it — add creative touches by having them design it themselves.
- Hooks: designate a few height appropriate hooks on a wall to have your child hang their backpacks. Again, they can add their own personal touches by hanging their picture or label above the hook to indicate their own personal space.
- Bins: keep all sports gear in check within designated bins. Label each bin in their favorite color and place their photo on the outside.
- Lockers: a fun storage alternative, and they come in many different colors. Let each child have their own locker that they can decorate and personalize.
- Be sure to show your child their designated home for boots and shoes.
Acknowledge Your Childs' Accomplishments:
Boost their confidence and frequently congratulate them for a job well done.
Over time, the lessons taught in the mudroom will become a habit which will spill over into all aspects of their home and school life.