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Organise your child's room like Marie Kondo
Jan 20, 2021
Do you wish you had organised bedrooms and closets for your child(ren)? Read on to learn tips from Aparna, founder of Global Mindful Journey, a doctor-turned-KonMari® Home Organising Consultant, Montessori Parenting Coach, National Geographic certified Educator... and the mother of two children aged 8 and 6. Global Mindful Journey was started to empower parents in fostering meaningful family connections, by creating a peaceful home environment, through mindful organising strategies.
1. Could you share some tips on how to organise children’s wardrobes? How can we help children choose clothes that ‘spark joy’ to them?
A child between the ages of 0-6 is highly sensitive to order, routines & structure. This child WANTS an environment where he/she can consistently predict what would happen next and where things must go. Order internalises during this period before it develops into ‘intellectual organisation’ when the child is older. Disorder leads to rise in cortisol (the stress hormone) levels & is detrimental to the child’s physical, psychological & intellectual development.
It is hence vital to involve children from as young an age as possible in the decision-making process of choosing the clothes they wish to wear.
- Having clothes out that the child can independently wear will help a child to feel capable, satisfied, self-confident & self-reliant
- Keep out a minimal amount of clothes in neutral colours that you wouldn’t mind if they’re mixed & matched by your child.
- Provide low shelves or drawers that your child can access independently.
- Label containers so that putting away clean clothes is easy for your child.
- Install a mirror at your child’s height so she/he can look at themselves after they’ve dressed.
- Teach your child how to fold using the KonMari® Method. This is a wonderful way to get them to learn a life skill!
When there are efficient systems created with children, maintenance of a tidy home is not a daunting task.
2. What are the essentials to have in a child’s wardrobe according to you?
- The fabric must be breathable, feel soft & comfortable. Children are active so their clothes should allow for free movement (including during toilet learning).
- Especially for younger children, I recommend pants with elastic waists (not jeans) & without zips, buttons or tie ups.
- Clothes must be well-fit (neither tight nor loose) with loose collars and solid coloured in general.
- Try and avoid skirts or dresses for toddlers. If they’re older, they should be able to wear ones that they can put on & take out on their own.
- For shoes, close-toed ones with Velcro straps are great to facilitate independence.
- As your child gets older, demonstrate how to button shirts & tie their shoelaces and give them time & plenty of opportunities to try doing these on their own.
3. How does one store toys efficiently?
- For younger children, offer single activities on a tray (a broken-up puzzle in a bowl next to the base) kept on a low shelf. Keep choices to minimum and observe what they’re playing with before rotating them out based on their interests.
- Avoid large bins to “dump” toys in. These prevent teaching your children to care for their toys & access is difficult as well. Bins are ok to use for toys like building blocks or soft toys.
- Label toy containers with pictorial or word labels so it is easy for the child to access and put away toys after playing.
Providing an orderly physical environment (a place for everything & everything in its place) where the child knows how to find & put back his/her things independently helps in giving your child an opportunity to contribute to maintaining a tidy home.
4. How often should we tidy our child’s wardrobe and playroom?
Set up daily tidying routines (an intangible aspect of order) so the child knows what to expect when it is expected of them. It is important to also remain consistent with the boundaries or rules we've established at home. For my family, tidying is done after dinner and just before bedtime.
5. How could Mini Lama be helpful in the process of reorganising and sorting clothes?
When we purchase things second-hand, we promote a circular economy which means products are reused in a closed-loop system that prevents burdening earth’s precious resources. By supporting stores like Mini Lama with their carefully selected preloved clothes, accessories, toys, and books for children, we give second-hand items a chance to be loved again. We are also doing our part as conscious consumers.