New Haven (WTNH) - Lisa Lelas, professional organizer and owner of Life Styling in
Guilford, was here this morning with some tips on how to get your
kids to clean up and organize. See below for her tips.
Lisa also has a new book out called "ORGANIZING A TO Z: A
Children's Organizing Alphabet & Guide to Getting Organized,"
the country's first and only picture book on the subject of
organizing for young kids. ORGANIZING A TO Z, by Lisa Lelas, is
Lisa also has a couple organizing events coming up. One is "How
to Become a Professional Organizer," happening this morning,
Saturday, March 21st from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the North Haven
Holiday Inn. The event is sponsored by the CT chapter of the
National Association of Professional Organizers, a non-profit
organizaton. Go to
www.napoct.com for more information.
Also, Lisa will present "Simple Steps to Clutter Control" at the
Guilford Library on the Guilford Green, Tuesday March 24th at 12
p.m., as part of their on-going "lunch & learn" series. The
event is free of charge and open to the public.
The following information was provided by Lisa:
The ABC's of Getting Your Kids Organized
Do the words "clean your room!" sound like a familiar battle cry
in your home? Toddlers with toys, school kids with papers piled
high, teens with dirty clothes scattered everywhere…
Can your child get organized? The answer is yes!
Studies indicate that most children who learn and adopt basic
organizational skills at a young age go on to do better
academically, socially and emotionally in High School, College, and
even in the business world.
Learning to be organized is a process. It requires dedication,
optimism and lot of support. The quickest way to disconnect from
your child is to criticize him. Always encourage, inspire &
create a sense of joy with every accomplishment, big or small.
Children learn differently and react to their environment
differently. Understanding how children think & how they make
sense of the world around them can greatly increase the level of
joy & comfort in their lives.
Remember to be the role model. Keep your things orderly too.
Children learn from what they see and what they live (your actions,
not your words!)
The ABC's of getting started:
- A -- ALWAYS involve your kids in the organizing
process so they can learn from you how to keep their things in
order. ACKNOWLEDGE their feelings. If they are really not ready
to get rid of something, help them find a place to keep it. AVOID
using toy boxes in playrooms and bedrooms, since they are really
just a clutter catcher for long lost toys. Instead, sort toys on
open shelves or in smaller categorized containers.
- B -- BE specific with your expectations from
kids. Instead of saying "clean your room," explain what you'd
like them to do: "make your bed," "put away your toys," or "pick
up the clothes on the floor." Have BINS AND BASKETS available to
help give all their things a "home," so they'll know where to put
- C -- CORRAL, CULL, & CONTAIN. First you must
CLEAR THE CLUTTER: give away, throw away or donate old toys and
clothes no longer needed. Start a family CHORE JAR with weekly
household goals tucked in on slips of paper, whereby one is drawn
each week to accomplish and CREATE activity zones: a Dressing
zone in their room (having all clothes in one area, a hamper
& mirror), a Play zone (a place for their toys to be
contained or displayed), a Reading zone (books, a comfy chair and
good lighting), and a Homework Center (stocked with supplies
Tips compiled by Lisa Lelas,