This post is brought to you in collaboration with Marigold Technology Inc. All opinions are mine alone. Could you use a few tips to help kids organize their rooms? You’ll love this post. Here I’m sharing my tips and 36 FREE Printable Labels to help get everything organized.
One of the toughest challenges for us as parents, is teaching our boys how to organize their rooms. I have one child who is naturally organized, and another who has to see everything dumped out on the floor before he is willing to look for it.
How to Teach Kids to Organize their Rooms
Teaching kids how to organize their things is an ongoing process. Now, no one in our home is perfectly organized, but I have found a few things that can be particularly helpful.
Creating easily identifiable spaces for kids can not only help them organize their rooms, it makes it easier to find things and put them away. One of my missions as a mom is to raise kids who clean up after themselves, so creating a system that works is a high priority in our home.
To aide in this mission – creating easily identifiable spaces for kids – I’ve created a series of bin labels for my boys.
Materials Needed to create FREE Printable Labels
Now here you can see two of the three sheets of labels. There are 36 images in all. These labels can be used for organizing boys’ or girls’ rooms. My four year old doesn’t know how to read yet, so picture based labels are very helpful. There are no words on the labels since the focus is on teaching the skill of organizing.
- Marigold 9″ Pouch Thermal Laminator 2-Roller Laminating Machine (LM905)
- Laminating Pouches
- Book Rings
- Hole Punch
- White Card Stock – for printables
- Color Printer
Quick Video Tutorial
The Marigold 9″ Pouch Thermal Laminator is so easy to use. Just turn it on, load it from the front with your printable encased in a thermal pouch and voila. It produced perfectly laminated labels in just seconds.
Now, I wish getting the kids to pick up their things was as easy as laminating labels. Sigh, it’s an ongoing process, but I have seen an improvement since we implemented this visual system.
Watch this 75 second video for tips on helping kids keep their room organized.
3 Tips that help Teach Kids to Clean their Rooms
- Make them a part of the process. I ask my four-year-old which bin gets each label. He has an opinion.
- Reward sincere efforts. My boys love it when I give them a hug and a high “5” — it makes everyone smile.
- As with any new skill, mastery requires repetition. Don’t be afraid to stop, take a breathe during the day and re-walk a child through the skill of organizing. Remember – practice makes perfect!
Free Printable Labels
There are three sheets of 12 images each for a total of 36 images. I’ve created labels for both boys and girls.
The following is a list of the labels that are included in this series of bin labels for organizing kids’ toys.
- Treasure Chest
- Dress – for dress up clothes
- Interlocking brick system
- Princess Crown
- Farm Animals
- Swords and weapons
- Pattern Cards
- Hamburger – representing plastic oy food
- Puzzle pieces
- Scissors and Glue – representing school supplies
- Pallet and paint brushes
- Toy Train
- Army Man
- Ring – representing toy jewelry
- Parrot – representing Pirates
- Log Cabin
Download 36 FREE Printable Labels
Just click the yellow “download” button below to get your FREE copy of 36 Labels to help organize Kids’ Rooms.
As you can see, the labels have resulted in a significant improvement in shelf arrangement and organization. My son even corrects me if I place a toy or an object in the wrong bin. 😉
What’s your favorite way to organize kids’ rooms?
How do you organize kid’s rooms? Do you find these labels helpful? Please leave a comment and offer your tips to HappyandBlessedHome.com readers. I always love hearing from readers and fans!
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