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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Organizing Kids Rooms

My kids tell me they don't know "how" to clean their rooms because they don't know where things go. Which is absurd since I have set up their rooms so that everything has a place and at their eye level.   I decided to go a step further and eliminate any excuses rather than continue with the ridiculous conversations that go something like this:
Me:  You know where it goes because you got it from there!  Kid:  I don't remember where I got it from! It's too hard! etc. etc.

First I changed my request (screaming) from "go clean-up/pick-up your room!" to "You're really good at organizing - go organize your room so you can play with your toys!"  and other phrases like this. 

Next, I took pictures of the contents of each container, bin,  drawer, etc. that holds toys and other items.  I resized each photo so they were all the same size, printed them out on paper, and cut each one out.  I used 3M photo laminating paper to make a label from each photo.

Finally, I taped the labels to each container. My daughter actually wanted to help make the labels and tape them on the containers when she saw what I was doing. Teach them young I say!

So, we'll see how it goes . . .

take photos and cut out 

Lego bin label

Play-doh  bin label

Bins with photo labels

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