5 Organizing Tips for Kids

by Susan

Want to help your kids get organized? Here’s an “Organization 101″ system for kids using the Home Collection by Post-it® Brand, Scotch® Brand and Command™ Brand products. This post is part of a sponsored campaign, but as always our opinions are our own.

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Helping Kids Get Organized

Kids need to learn organization skills and they need systems that are simple enough to keep up over time. The following organization solutions will help kids organize their school paperwork, use reminders, communicate important messages with other family members and maintain a calendar with tasks like homework, activities and chores.

Since the kitchen tends to be the center of busy family life, we think that’s the key area to setup organizational systems.

Tip 1 – Set up a Smart Phone Charging Station

organizing-tips-for-kidsOne of the simplest and most important tech gadget habits to teach your child is to keep charge their smart phone OUTSIDE their bedroom during the night.

Research continually shows that teenagers tend to have their sleep disrupted by text messages and social media after they should be asleep. (Ref: pbs.org) You can reduce the negative impacts of late-night smart phone use by setting up a Command™ Smart Phone Station in the kitchen.

Initiate a family rule that if your child has a smart phone or device, it is charged in the kitchen at night.

The Command™ Smart Phone Station is a clear container with an open slot that allows you to charge the device while it’s stored. I love getting the phones off the counter! And you don’t have to worry about marking up your wall, thanks to the easy to use Command Clear Adhesive Strips.

Tip 2 – Keep School Notices Accessible and Organized

As soon as kids start school, they start bringing home notices and other paperwork that needs to be signed by a parent and brought back to school.

It can be tough for kids and parents to ensure these important papers don’t get lost and actually get signed and returned to the teachers.

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Set up a Post-it® View and Go Pocket for your child where he/she can place these school notices that you need to sign.

You can easily mount and remove Pocket from refrigerators, cabinets and other surfaces.

Tip 3 – Use Reminders

School mornings can be rushed and it’s easy to forget important items like homework assignments and lunches as well as appointments and after-school activities.

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Both you and your children can attach Post-it® Reminder Tags to their backpacks to jog their memory before they run out the door. The adhesive on one end allows you to loop a note around items such as a handbag, backpack or strap.

Tip 4 – Communicate Important Messages

As kids get older, it can get harder to keep schedules in sync with last minute changes.

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A simple solution is to use a centrally located Post-it® Dry Erase Grip Tile to communicate back and forth.

Having such notes visually present in the family kitchen can help ensure everyone knows what is going on.

Tip 5 – Maintain a Calendar for Homework, Chores Appointments and Activities

Using a calendar is a great skill to teach your children from a young age. As the child gets older, the number of activities, chores, assignments etc will increase so get them started young with a simple calendar.

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Using a Post-it® Dry Erase Planner will help your young student track homework, appointments, activities and chores as well as keep you in the loop. The planner sticks practically anywhere, yet removes cleanly.

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Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign for the Home Collection by Post-it® Brand, Scotch® Brand and Command™ Brand products.

Written by Susan Carraretto, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom
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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 anne May 6, 2014 at 10:54 am

Helpful and very useful organizational tips.

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2 Meagan bs May 6, 2014 at 11:58 am

i really need to do some of these with my daughter, especailly the calendar.

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3 Laura Hix May 6, 2014 at 1:07 pm

I love this, however, would take it one step further by color coding per child. I had 4 kids in an 800 sq ft home, we color coded the entire house for them.
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4 Blessie Nelson May 15, 2014 at 8:58 pm

I love how scotch has thought up useful ways to get reminders organised for kids!

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