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How to teach children to be organised

Teaching children to be organised is a healthy and useful habit for their future. Why not take advantage of these days while you are all at home to begin to instil in them the importance of order? We have some tips that can help you!

As Marie Kondo, the guru of order, would say, having our home in order psychologically helps us to be calmer and happier. These benefits also affect the youngest members of the home, but in addition to keeping their things in order, it also helps them to have more autonomy and improve their self-esteem. It's a way to show them that they can do things on their own, that they have their own roles within the house, and that you trust them to do them.

For children to learn the importance of order, two aspects are essential: start learning early and lead by example. Your children will not be organised if you aren't, although it's never too late to start! Take a look at these guidelines and you will soon find out how order helps your children and leads to a better family life.

Start teaching them how to organise from a young age

Child psychology experts agree that the sooner they start picking up their toys and their things, the easier it will be for them to adopt it as a habit. At first, at two or three years old, they won't understand why they are being asked to do such a task, but you can help them get used to doing it. How? The main thing is that you, the mums and dads, are also organised. At this age, children pick up everything they see and hear around them very quickly and easily.

In addition, you could also make this task a game or sing songs for tidying up. It will help them better understand that they have to pick up their toys when they are finished playing with them. At first, you can help them pick them up and explain where they should put everything. However, over time, it's important that even if they don't pick everything up at the time, you don't do it for them, because they will come to expect it.

Even if your children are not that young, these tips will also be helpful to you. It may take more time for them to incorporate this routine into their daily life, but little by little you can do this together, starting with you putting the necessary importance on order in the home.

Furniture adapted to their age 

For your children to have their things organised, they need their own space, tailored to their needs. For example, the bed, wardrobe and desk need to be appropriate for their age and body size, so that they can be independent at all times and in any of their activities.

All our children's furniture is designed and adapted to guarantee safe and comfortable spaces. If you want to see what's on offer, here's the section on children's rooms.

Everything in its place with boxes and organisers

We all know that children do not stop, especially when they are young. That's why they need to have a play area where they can let their imagination fly and spread out their toys freely. It's not a bad thing for them to do this, as long as the toys are picked up once playtime is over. To do this, you must make it as easy as possible to put them away using crates, boxes or cabinets that are intended only for their items.

With our TROFAST modular system, you have many options of different sizes and colours to adapt the storage of toys (or any other object) to any space.

In addition, each box should have one single use so that children can easily figure out where to put each thing. You can also label boxes with some simple drawings, if they can't read yet, so they can be recognised at a glance. What do you think of our FLISAT toy storage with wheels? A cart and a toy that your little ones can take with them wherever they go.

Maybe you don't have the space or perhaps you have to keep your toys in the living room, but here too they can have their place in boxes, carts or a cabinet within the room's main storage area.

Here are some box options for organising your children's things.

Here is a video showing you some suggestions for storing toys in the living room.

    Also organise their clothes and shoes

    Little by little and as they get older, the organising and ordering tasks at home should cover more than just their toys and their bedroom. You can start by teaching them how to organise their wardrobe, always placing the clothes in the same place, and in boxes or wardrobe organisers, so that they know that everything always has its place.

    You can then start introducing new tasks, such as putting their books and drawings on their desk, the things they don't usually use under their bed and shoes on the shoe rack, in the hallway or in the cupboard specifically for that purpose.

    The next step would be to start making the bed, help setting the table or clearing it, and on the weekend a weekly cleaning task or cleaning up another room in the house. As a result, they will understand that order must be extended throughout your entire home. They must understand, through calm explanation, that if they help at home and if order is maintained, then you can enjoy more free time together and you won't need to waste time searching for things.

    Hopefully these tips have helped! If you want to know more about how order influences our emotional well-being, read the next article.

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