Here are seven ways to teach your child organization.
1. Recognize “wants” vs. “needs.”
2. Take one out, put one in.
3. Categorize, label, and sort.
Goal: Keep things neat and orderly.
Example: Your child looks at toys, groceries, or homework to figure out which things go together.
5. Make daily checklists.
Goal: Keep track of what needs to be done.
Example: Your child lists out things to do, checks off what’s finished, and transfers unfinished items to the next day’s list.
6. Keep a family calendar.
7. Break big projects into smaller steps.
Goal: Make big projects easier to manage.
Example: Your child breaks a science project into steps—first coming up with an idea, then listing materials needed, and then gathering supplies before doing the experiment.