As Centre County emerges from an unusually long, cold winter, the spring cleaning bug has struck in many households. At this time of year, cleaning up clutter and getting organized just feels good. For parents, this can be an opportunity to teach children the value of organizing their belongings and the space around them.
Recognizing that the “do as I say and not as I do” strategy has never been especially successful, one of the best ways to teach children organizational skills is to model them in our own lives. Looking around at the paper clutter that may have accumulated in your household over the winter, a good place to start is with your own filing system.
What shape is your filing system in? Are your filing drawers stuffed so full that it’s almost impossible to get another piece of paper into — or out of — them? Once a year, you should take time to review your files and purge as much as possible, leaving room for next year’s papers.
With the school year winding down, this is a good time to encourage children to follow your example by sorting through and organizing the many papers and projects they have brought home from school in the past year. By learning from and modeling your behaviors, your kids will be better prepared to organize their own lives and manage their own households someday.