Innovative ways to get your children to help your family get organized!
Part of getting organized is delegating responsibilities to others in your family. Then, you have the time to do some clutter reduction. Often the women of the home seem to bear the burden of being the CPO – Chief Purchasing Officer, caterer, gardener, chef, chauffeur, teacher, and the list goes on. Unless you don’t require any sleep, something has to give!
I find time to stay organized by handing off some of the basic responsibilities of my home to my kids. It not only helps me, but it teaches my boys some much-needed domestic skills their future wives will appreciate.
Kids can start learning age appropriate chores by the time they are 2 and 3 years old. Things like helping to make their bed, picking up toys/books, taking dirty clothes to the laundry room, feeding pets, and dusting with a sock on their hands.
If you are extremely overwhelmed and unorganized, you might consider having a professional organizer work in your home bi-weekly or monthly. Instead of just surface cleaning like a cleaning service would do; maintenance organizing consists of filing your piles of papers, cleaning, clearing off, and re-organizing clutter behind doors and on your counter tops. Organizers work to insure that everything has a proper place.
Maybe you have projects that go undone, kids that don’t contribute to household responsibilities, or a spouse that creates clutter. No matter what your particular situation, delegating responsibilities will free up some of your time. Then you can use that extra time to get organized.
If you’re interested in receiving a list of Age Appropriate Chores for your kids, contact me via email at Lorraine@getorganized.ws. These are just a few ideas that will get your mind thinking of other responsibilities around the home. Each home is uniquely different and there are many ways each person in your household can help.