It’s never to early to teach your children how to get organized. Save your sanity by using this Organize DIY drawer organizing project to teach your children the organizing skills they need to get and stay organized in the future.
This drawer project is one for the entire family. We all need to be able to find our clothes quickly and easily.
When did putting away the laundry turn into a battle of wills?
For the last year, my husband has complained about cluttered condition of my sock drawer. We have an ongoing debate over the number and types of socks that I retain in, as he likes to call it, my “sock inventory”.
Why does this matter you may wonder? Well after almost 20+ years of marriage, I am one of the lucky ones who’s hubby will help put away the laundry. Yeah! I’ve come to realize anything I can do to encourage his help is worth the effort.
I’m not the only one in our home with drawer disorganization syndrome. My daughter’s in the same boat. As a toddler, my Mattie was strong willed (a great trait for a grown up, but a little tricky when dealing with someone under 5), and then she emerged into a very determined grade schooler with her own opinions and organizing methods.
My daughter and I have somewhat opposite organizing personas (find out your organizing persona here) and she has developed definite opinions of how her room should be organized. Needless to say, those opinions do not always match my own. I am sure this is striking a cord with many of you, so let me tell you how I helped our situation. Then you can decide if this may be a project you’d like to try.
Children’s Drawer Makeover
Special Skills or Tools:
30 minutes once you have supplies
Low to Medium
Drawer Dividers, Bins or Boxes
Purchase the drawer dividers and read the installation instruction
No tools needed to install the drawer dividers. Label machine to create labels.
Project Time: 30 minutes once you have supplies
Cost: Low to Medium
Supplies: Drawer Dividers, Bins or Boxes
Preparation: Purchase the drawer dividers and read the installation instruction
Special Skills or Tools: No tools needed to install the drawer dividers. Label machine to create labels.
Once I realized how stressful and contentious the topic of drawer organizing had become, I decided to proactively set us all up for success. Before installing organizing solutions into the drawers, my daughter’s preferred method of searching for items was to pull everything out of the drawer, throw it on the floor, and leave it there “for someone” to pick up later. You know who that someone ends up being? She can hold out much longer than I can.
Using the steps below, I organized several of drawers in our home. The biggest visual change was in my daughter’s room. Since the installation of this quick drawer organizing solution, my daughter and I have reached a mutual understanding on how she will manage her clothes and her room.
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Clothing items belong in drawers and not on the floor.
She can now “help” me with putting away the laundry, because we have established a labeling system that we agree on.
She was about to decide on the label text and to stick them in her drawers. This helped her have “buy in” on this project.
We decided, together, which drawer would house which type of clothing. She is more willing to comply with “mommy’s methods” since she helped to organize “her” space.
I won’t lie and say we don’t have bumps in the road from time to time. But overall, even my husband agrees, that this set up is better.