Getting Kids' Rooms in Order: Making it Fun is Key

Tips on how to get and keep your kids neat and organized.

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Professional organizer and Mission: Organization guest, Jen Doman offers eight great web-exclusive tips.

  1. Keep the floor carpet free if the wood is in good condition. This makes easier work of cleaning up spills, plus sweeping is a lot easier than vacuuming.

  2. Try to make a game out of organizing. For example, reward the child for an organized room by allowing them to choose the meal for dinner or the movie for movie night.

  3. Have them program alert reminders of important dates and/or to-do lists into their computers, cellphones and iPods.

  4. Use see-through bins and boxes whenever possible so that the child/teenager can easily see what's inside.

  5. Create a separate homework zone, away from the bed, if possible. This will enable school-related items to be contained in one place, instead of being scattered all over the bed or floor.

  6. Avoid wall damage by having the child use nontoxic putty instead of tape or thumbtacks to hang posters.

  7. When organizing it is critical that the child/teenager thinks the system makes sense for them, rather than the system making sense for the parent.

  8. Explain that keeping the room organized will enable them to have more space for themselves as well more room to entertain their friends.

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