Spring cleaning is never someone’s idea of a good time, especially for kids. But by getting them involved with the organization process and, subsequently, reaping the rewards with a spruced up home, everyone will feel great. After all, an organized home means more time for outdoor play time and more constructive indoor time (if necessary!). Here are our tips for a quick and painless spring cleaning project:
Think teamwork. Get the kids involved early on – use charts to divvy up the work and let the kids choose which projects they think they can handle. Everyone loves having a goal and feeling proud after accomplishing the task – add in a reward at the end of each task for motivation. (Kids love checking off a to-do list as much as we do!)
Do one room at a time. Concentrate on one room or area at a time rather than trying to get the whole house organized in a single day. Once each room is complete, close it off until the rest of the spaces are done. Save the important rooms – like the kitchen and the play areas – last.
Invest in storage. An organized space has to look beautiful, too – why go through the effort of cleaning and purging if you can’t bear to look at it when it’s done? Invest in custom storage designs that are flexible and can adapt to the changing needs of your family as it grows. Adjustable shelving, hanging areas, and baskets evolve with your child, allowing for a space that stores clothes when he or she is young to become a place that also houses technology, sports equipment, and books as your child grows older. Integrated desks create a space for craft projects and homework. Small storage areas and cubbies corral blocks and superhero figurines, while shelving keeps items off the floor and in a dedicated space, making cleanup simple.
By optimizing your organization options, a well-designed room allows kids and adults to coexist peacefully. With more than 28 years of experience creating innovative designs, the team at California Closets New York will transform your space with thoughtful organization solutions that fit your aesthetic and budget. Start designing your custom storage solution today with a free in-home consultation. Visit www.californiaclosets.com/new-york or call 914-592-1001 for more information.