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How to organize a kids room

Nadine McCoy's tips for establishing order

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1. Involve the child as much as possible.

2. Establish a toss out or donation routine. Every three to six months, toss items that are broken or worn out and donate outgrown clothes and toys that no longer interest the child.

3. ind out what is important to the child (toys he or she plays with, favorite stuffed animals), because long-term success comes only when your child participates.

4. When organizing, plan specific zones based on interests or activities such as sleeping, arts and crafts, reading, games, etc.

5. Make use of vertical space as much as possible. Place items such as special collections, decorative or breakable items, higher up.

6. Label everything so it's easy to find and easy to put away.

7. Using uniformly colored containers provides a calming, cohesive look; containers in a variety of colors visually add to the clutter.

8. Establish a toy routine — such as assigning a personal basket for each child to make picking up toys easy — every night. The daily activity will teach your child personal responsibility — and the fundamentals of organizing.

9. Finally, keep purging.

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