Kid Bedroom Organization: Step 1 - The Basics for Girls

by Lisa Woodruff

Jun 3, 2016 | Episode 103 | 32:12

This is the first post in a 5-part series for girls 7-17.

Learning the skills of organizing your bedroom is so much more important than just making your mom happy.

I want you to think of your bedroom like it is your apartment. It is your very own space inside your parent's home. You don't need to worry about paying rent or utilities, but it is yours to take care of and organize.

Each post in this series will also have a podcast. You can listen to the podcast right here in this post or download it to your phone or iTouch. In the podcast, I can share SO much more with you than what you read here so you will definitely want to listen.

 
 
 

This week is all about bedroom organizing basics.

1. You need to pick a day and time WEEKLY to clean and organize your room.
 
2. Do the TOP 3 tasks... Clean up trash and food, take out all the dirty laundry, and clean up your floor.
 
3. Look around and see if there is anything you can donate or get rid of.
 

4. Clean... That means vacuum and dust!

 

Let's take these one at a time...

 

1. You need to pick a day and time WEEKLY to clean and organize your room.

There really is no way around this one. You need to clean and organize  your room every week. If you skip a week, the clutter gets so out of control it is really hard to get it done without being overwhelmed.

You can pick ANY day and time, but I find Saturday morning tends to be the best for most girls, unless they are in a competitive sport.

At first, it may take you 2-4 hours to clean and organize your room. But after you go through all 5 of these posts, it will get quicker and easier. Eventually, you should be able to get your whole room clean and organized in an hour or less.

2. Do the TOP 3 tasks... Clean up trash and food, take out all the dirty laundry, and clean up your floor.

The older you get, the more food and laundry you will have in your room. The younger you are, the more your toys will be all over the floor.

Each week, no matter what, start by doing these 3 things first.

1. Pick up ALL the trash and put anything food related back in the kitchen.

2. Pick up all the dirty clothes and put them in the hamper or laundry room.

3. Pick up and put away what is on your floor.

I know you need ideas for where to put stuff and how to keep it organized, and I will help you with those in the next posts. For now, just do the best you can and start to work on step 3.

 

3. Look around and see if there is anything you can donate or get rid of.

Every week and every time we talk, I am going to be encouraging you to get rid of stuff. Here's why...

1. Your room is not a house. You have limited space to store your treasures and you need to make sure they are STILL treasures and not just old stuff you don't know what to do with.

2. You are always getting NEW stuff which means you need to get rid of OLD stuff.

3. Things break, you lose pieces, and you just stop playing with stuff over time.

So HOW do you do this?

1. Decide what you no longer play with or want.

2. Take it to your mom and see if she or your siblings want it.

3. Help mom create a donation box or basket for you to put stuff in each week that you no longer want.

4. Clean... That means vacuum and dust!

Ahem. Yes. Cleaning means CLEANing. Once you have your room organized, run the vacuum and dust your dresser. NOTE: Please wear tennis shoes or shoes where your toes are covered when you vacuum for safety. :)

 
 
 
In the next post, I will be sharing all about organizing clothes!
 
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