We go through so much in our days and sometimes we feel like we can’t teach another thing. Yet, teaching our children a life skill like organization is crucial, and these ways to help your kids learn good organization skills can help.
Organization is a life skill we often look over. We just hope our kids catch on somehow, instead of intentionally helping them with it.
Being organized can be a learned skill and one that is essential for our kids as they become adults. Ever met an adult who was disorganized? Bad, right? It seems they barely know whether they are coming or going.
For me, being organized really helps my sanity. When my home is in disarray, it makes any other chaos in life even worse. I want to equip my kids with what they need to understand the benefits of being organized.
Organization is a life skill
Being organized is having the ability to establish tasks, then know when and how to do them. One needs to understand the requirements. A child who learns to be organized will be successful academically and in life.
Organization is a skill that can be learned by example, by support from varying instruction, and lastly by actual practice . . . and LOTS of it.
When you give your kids the time to learn organization, some benefits are:
- Less stress
- Less clutter
- More time
- Better grades in homeschool
- Better self-esteem
- Preparation for adulthood
- Improved productivity
When it comes to teaching your children to be organized, you can eventually make organizing real and personal to them and more meaningful.
You can even start helping your younger kids get organized. Children can be shown the difference between what they want and what they need. Use toys where they can take one out and put one in. Parents can help by making sure to categorize, label, and sort everything when it isn’t being used.
The life skill of being organized is something we can do throughout our children’s childhood with us.
Explore some of these ways to help your kids learn good organization skills:
Establish a routine (and stick to it)
When we teach our families to stick to a routine, it can bring some normalcy to their lives even when things can get chaotic. With a routine, children learn the importance of good sleep, health, and keeping life on track. These all also equate to less stress throughout the year.
FREE Kids’ Morning & Night Routine Charts | Wendaful Planning
Daily Visual Schedule FREE Printable | Mama of The Drama
FREE Printable Morning Routine Chart for Kids | What Moms Love
Use visual aids as a guide (i.e. color-coded notebooks and folders)
When we use visual aids for our children when teaching them how to be organized, they gain a better understanding and it improves memory.
Back to School: Get Organized With An Easy School Planning Wall! | Tatertots & Jello
Teach sequence activities
Sequencing can teach little ones how things should be put in order and that things in life need to be in certain orders (which is basically organization). Above and beyond the organization, sequencing teaches attention to detail, planning, and working memory.
School Morning Routine Sequencing Cards | Fun with Mama
FREE Printable Sequencing Activity | Growing Book by Book
Breakfast Sequencing Activities FREE Printable | Homeschool Preschool
FREE Sequencing Activity Pack | Totschooling
Assign chores, chores, chores (Especially ones that require sorting, tidying up, or categorizing)
When you teach kids about chores and the need for every family member to help, you are instilling the value of organization in everyday life and working together to do it.
After Homeschool Chore Chart | Alpha Omega Publications
Cook with your children
Cooking with your children can be an intentional way for your children to learn organization while learning another important life skill. Cooking takes organization skills, and we can teach our children both at once.
Kids in the Kitchen FREE Printables | Hip Homeschool Moms
I enjoy using whiteboards at home to help maintain consistency and keep our goals in order. A whiteboard is a great visual aid to help kids get in line with what they should be doing, what is coming up, and what to expect in keeping organization at home.
Family Command Center: DIY Wall Command Center | DIY Décor Mom
DIY Whiteboard Calendar and Planner | Domestically Creative
Use planners and to-do lists
Keeping student or home planners and to-do lists encourages and helps children to be more organized. If kids aren’t very organized, planners and to-do lists are essential tools that can help them practice the skill and build it up.
FREE Printable Kids Planner: Cute and Colorful! | Shining Mom
Homeschool Student FREE Planner | Inspire the Mom
Weekly to-do lists – Encouraging Independent Organization | Fearless Homeschool
Use time trackers for homeschool
I like using timers in homeschool. Timers teach kids to stay focused so that they can finish assignments in a reasonable time. They understand that to stay organized they need to keep attention to the task at hand one at a time.
Managing Screen Time for Kids: Free Printable for Tracking Screen Time | The Chirping Moms
Student Time Charts (FREE Tracking Tool for I-Ready) | The Applicious Teacher
Track How You Use Your Time with this Time Tracking Spreadsheet | Young Adult Money
Have designated areas for reading or for studying
Having designated areas for reading or studying encourages kids to keep the area organized and to know they can go to the same place for a purpose.
DIY Homework Study Station | MomAdvice
Creating a Homework Station | Sunny Home Creations
Try actual lesson plans about organization
Sometimes it is necessary for us to intentionally help kids with organization if they need an extra boost.
6+1 Trait Writing FREE Lesson Plan: Organization | Wired Instruction
Lesson Plan : Organization Skills and Techniques To Use | Teach-nology
Between digital planners and organization apps, your family can use technology to its full advantage in the home.
Must-Have Apps for Busy Families | Kori at Home
Using Technology To Get Kids’ Chores Done | The Homeschool Scientist
5 Amazing Organizational Apps for Teens & Tweens | Parenting Teens & Tweens
Include an element of organizational skills in your lessons
Use portfolios and set goals for your lessons in your homeschool. Setting goals for courses or using portfolios to gather data on how a course is going is a great way for your kids to stay organized, on task, and track progress.
Get Organized with These FREE Homeschool Portfolio Checklists | Rock Your Homeschool
FREE Student Portfolio! | The Crafty Classroom
Goal Setting For Kids (FREE Printable) | I Can Teach My Child
Be the example of what you want your children to do. If you want your child to be organized, let them see you be organized. This article really helped me when researching how I can be more organized myself.
Biblical Reasons to Be Organized | The Organized Wife
I will leave you with two Scriptures as a catalyst for the motivation to help your kids learn good organization skills.
Luke 14:28-30 (ESV) – For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’
We should set things in order and finish what we started.
1 Corinthians 14:33 (ESV) For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.
Other versions of this Scripture state he is not a God of disorder. This can mean that order/organization can bring some peace in life’s situations. The Lord knows we can all use more peace, and we would be wise to teach our children this as well.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!