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Friday Five: Five Tips to Teaching Children Organization

Taking extra time to teach children the building blocks of organization may feel overwhelming. But, if you start small and do it often, it won’t feel like another chore. Rather, it will help the home run smoother.

Start Small

Pick one item that they are responsible for- their shoes, jacket, toy and let them know where it belongs. Once they get a hang of the first one, layer in another one.

Repetition, repetition, repetition

As much as it would be nice to say it once and be done with it, the key to success is showing them with consistency every day, every day, every day.

Lead by Example

Children love to be like us, use that as a tool for success! If age appropriate, explain what you are doing. ‘I am hanging up my jacket on the hook so I know where to find it when I leave.’


With positive recognition, the habit will be ingrained quicker. “Thank you for putting your book back on the shelf, it’s such a big help to keep the house picked up!”


Let them know WHY it is important to stay organized. “We keep our house picked up so we can find what we need, when we need it.” Or, “Part of respecting our family home is keeping it organized.” Pick a sentence that is informative, concise and upbeat.
One day your children will be responsible for their own living space, so teaching them how to stay organized is an important life skill. With a never ending list of things that could be done, remember to always start small and build on the smallest of successes.

Meet Sara Kelly

Sara Kelly is CEO-MOM of her home in Upstate NY and runs Your Aligned Home, a home management consulting business. Her passion for home management, reducing stress, and most of all, helping others, is what led her to this work. Find out all the ways she can help you at

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