|Help your kids reduce clutter
|The Elfa Kids’
Coloring Table can help organize a child’s
By Rachael Mason
are, your kids got more than a few gifts for Christmas. By
now, the new toys have probably just become part of the
clutter in their bedrooms and playrooms.
But it doesn't
have to be that way. January is Get Organized Month, the
perfect time to help your kids start straightening up their
Getting organized involves a little more than
typical kid cleaning. That is, shoving stuff under the bed and
in the closets just isn't going to cut it.
your kids think of organizing as an ongoing game of strategy.
To get started, take inventory.
"First of all, you should
assess what kids have to store in their rooms," said Melinda
Anderson, a professional organizer.
Her business, Southern
Home Organizers, is located in Dacula. Anderson is a member of
the National Association of Professional Organizers
Initially, getting rid of some stuff can
help cut down on clutter.
Anderson recommends having your
kids divide their toys into three piles. Their favorites can
go into a pile to keep, while toys that are in good shape can
go into a pile to donate to charity. Items that are broken or
worn out should be put in a pile to throw away.
figure out exactly what your children are keeping, divide the
stuff into categories, like art supplies, video games and
"Then you can determine what kind of
storage you need," Anderson said.
Adding a piece of
furniture to your child's room can help them stay more
organized, Anderson said. A bookshelf might work for video
games and DVDs. An art desk can provide not only a place to
paint and draw, but also a place to keep crayons, markers and
At the Container Store, the Elfa Kids'
Coloring Table is a bestseller, said Courtney Shaver,
spokeswoman for The Container Store. The product includes a
desktop, a roll of drawing paper and drawers to store supplies
For toys and other items, Anderson recommends using
clear plastic bins or boxes. Keeping items visible is
important for successful storage, Shaver said.
toys and supplies should also be accessible, Shaver said. "If
they need it often, they should be able to get to it," she
Still, no matter how many storage boxes you buy,
getting the kids organized won't be instantaneous.
be overwhelming," Shaver said. "Allow plenty of time. Don't
expect the organization to take place overnight."