The other day I was faced with the challenge of helping a client organize her daughter’s room. When working with children, there is the obvious fact that tidying will never last if the correct systems are not in place. An organizer’s job is to find systems that work and can be maintained – even by a child who is used to taking off their sweatshirt and throwing it on the floor. After all, “why is that a problem when I am just going to put it on tomorrow”.
This is where fabric labelled bins come in handy or even some sort of ottoman or trunk with storage.
All they need to do is take one step and dump. Typically, they don’t mind rummaging around for a sweatshirt in a pile. The key is the pile, to make parents happy, should be out of sight and to make it efficient and “semi-organized” piles should be sorted by type. When working with this girl, we set up tons of fabric bins – one bin for exercise tops, one bin for exercise bottoms, one for bathing suits, one for pj’s etc.. Labels and color coding are essential. It’s important to develop a non-tedious way to organize and if a child can skip the folding and stacking part, all the better – at least for the everyday wear items. Reserve the folding for sweaters that are seldom worn and can be neatly folded on a a closet shelf with shelf dividers between to keep them from toppling.