Tips on Building Organizational Skills
It is important to teach your child organizational skills at an early age because it’s helps them develop healthy skills, such as time management and study skills, which can help them in school at a later time.
Parents who practice good organizational skills are setting positive examples for their children, who may mimic their organizational behaviors.
Here are other ways to help build organizational skills
Organize Toys and Games
Make sure everything has a place and encourage the toys to be put back where they belong after each use. using colorful boxes, bins, shelves, and having a specific place for each toy can help. (it is common for children to take toys out and play with them for days. Use your best judgment. In their room, I wouldn’t be as strict, but in other areas of the house I would encourage things to be put away when moving onto the next activity) Putting things in the right spot can also give practice on sorting and categorizing.
Give Children Small Tasks
Children can get overwhelmed easily so simply telling a child to “clean up”, may be too general. Instead, be specific. “Please put your clothes in the hamper”, “Please put your dishes in the sink”. Once they complete a task, give them another. As they grow older, they will be able to handle less specific instructions, as well as manage more than one task at a time.
Clean up Games
If it’s a hassle to get your child to clean up, try making it a game. Try having a race or “musical clean up”. Kids love games.
Motivating Kids to clean up
Insist that children put their activity or toy away before getting something else out. Use lots of praise and introduce words like “responsibility” and “helpful” to their vocabulary.
With praise, practice, and consistency, children can learn to clean up after themselves, and be proud of the results.
If your child is in or higher than 5th grade, some schools have organizational skill mini courses that can really benefit children and are extremely critical for those with ADHD or LD. Try talking to your school’s administration and inquire about courses like those.
Having a planner with room to write down assignments might be helpful
Talk to the school about having an extra set or books at home so “forgetting” to bring books for assignments won’t be an issue.
Teachers can send daily/weekly progress notes home for you
Help your child come up with a mini step process towards completing long-term assignments.
Being organized has a direct impact on your physical and mental health. People who tend to surround themselves in environments of clutter and disorganization can feel overwhelmed and anxious, which, in turn, has negative physical effects on the body. Practicing good organizational skills decreases stress and anxiety, which will make people feel healthier.