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10 tips to keep kids organized (infographic)

Aug. 16, 2018

Kids have a tendency to lose things: sports equipment, articles of clothing and anything related to school.

The impact goes beyond a parent's frustration. A lack of organization can make a child feel stressed, overwhelmed and roadblocked on their own success.

Organization is a learned skill. It is important for a child's development, and carries into their adult life. We asked Dr. Kelsey Bradshaw, a licensed psychologist at Sharp Mesa Vista's Child and Adolescent Unit, to share small strategies that can achieve big results. With a little encouragement, kids can learn to get — and stay — organized.

10 tips to keep kids organized. Stop rifling through clutter to find lost homework. Help your child get - and stay - organized with these easy tips. 1. Slack-proof their room. Use clearly labeled binders, bins and boxes to ensure everything has its place. Provide a large bulletin board for visual to-do's, schedules and reminders. 2. Stock up on supplies. Buy plenty of pencils, erasers, markers, folders and other necessities. Have staplers, hole punches and binder clips available to encourage organization. 3. Invest in a daily planner. Let your child choose a planner that creates excitement about staying organized. Get them started and offers tips for maintaining it. 4. Establish a routine. Keep activities consistent and easy to follow by allocating time frames. Build in time for homework, chores and the rewards of screen time. 5. Prep for the day ahead. Avoid morning chaos by getting ready the night before. Pack lunches, school bags, sports equipment and anything else that you can grab and go. 6. Structure the weekend. Add work time to the weekend and make room for fun. Set aside time for homework, practice, room cleaning or other less-desired weekend tasks. 7. Post reminders. Give your child colorful sticky notes and encourage their use. Put them on mirrors, doors or other hard-to-miss places. 8. Introduce checklists. Whether it's 5 things to pack for school or 3 things to do before bed, checklists keep kids on track while offering a sense of accomplishment. 9. Connect with teachers and coaches. Your child's instructors can help you gauge their progress, and assist in creating an organizational strategy that suits them. 10. Be supportive. Monitor your child's organization skills, praising them for even the smallest tasks. This can encourage your child to work harder, and help you recognize when they're overwhelmed. From the expert: It's important for kids to learn organization skills from a young age - helping them keep track of responsibilities, complete school work and manage stress. Setting habits now can help them down the road. - Dr. Kelsey Bradshaw, a clinical child psychologist with Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital.

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