Strategies to Get Organized with Kids & Get More Done Without the Stress

As a mom, you know how difficult it can be to keep the house organized and clean with kids. Kids are unorganized, on the move, and love to make messes.

One of the best ways to keep the house organized is to get the kids involved with the cleaning and organizing process.

Even very small children can be included in cleaning and putting things away. You can begin training them when they’re very little to be mindful of their toys and to put away something before getting something new out.

Simple Tips to Help Kids Stay Organized

Here are some easy hacks to help keep kids organized and keep your house from total chaos:

1. A place for everything. Help kids keep their belongings organized with places to return their things easily -- bins, drawers, and more. You can include pictures or words on the front of bins so they know exactly what belongs there.

2. Organize their school belongings. When kids get home from school, they have a tendency to throw their things everywhere.

  • Have a plan for when they get home from school. Have a designated place for their coats, shoes, and backpacks.

  • If they’re younger, help them go through their backpacks each day to sort their paperwork. Some papers will have to be completed, some papers may be saved, and some will be thrown away.

  • If they take a lunch to school, ask them to unpack it so it can be ready for the next day. Depending on age, you may feel comfortable letting them pack their own lunches. Have them do this as soon as they get home, so it’s ready for the next day.

3. Help them declutter their own belongings. Another thing you can do to help kids get organized is to teach them to declutter their own belongings. Help them understand that they don’t have to keep toys that are broken or that they no longer use or want.

  • Help them go through clothes that are too small or are in poor shape.

  • Doing this will help them learn to keep their spaces tidy and cleared of unusable junk.


Teaching your kids to help around the house allows them to learn responsibility and lets them know that they are part of the community of your home.

They’re not only capable of helping out, but it also teaches them lifelong skills, like contributing to a group and thinking about the needs of others. It also helps them develop a work ethic.

Here are some chores that your kids can help with based on your child’s age and ability. This is not an extensive list but a sampling of things that children might be able to help with.

Children Ages 2-3

When your children are very small, the primary goal is to teach them the idea of helping. You’re obviously not relying on them to clean the whole house, but they can do their part. You will spend a lot more time guiding them during this stage, but the long-term payoff is big.

Help them to start learning about organizing with chores such as these:

  • Pick up toys and put them in bins or designated areas

  • Put laundry in the hamper

  • Wipe up spills

  • Help load washer and dryer

  • Wipe walls and baseboards with a wet cloth (they’ll probably think this is fun)

Children Ages 4-5

Children of this age will still need more hands-on guidance than they will when they’re bigger. They can work more independently than they could at a younger age, but you’ll still want to help guide them.

Try these tasks:

  • Put away belongings

  • Help with laundry

  • Carry and put away groceries

  • Set the table

  • Help clear the table

Children Ages 6-8

You’ll probably be amazed at what your kids can do at this age. Children at this age are growing so rapidly emotionally, physically, and mentally. Of course, they’re capable of all the things mentioned above, plus a lot more.

Here are some things they’re probably able to help with at this age:

  • Help care for pets

  • Fold and put away laundry

  • Vacuum

  • Match socks

  • Wipe down counters and sinks

Children Ages 9-12

Again, your kids are developing like crazy at this age and becoming more and more independent.

They can help with so many things including:

  • Help wash the car

  • Learn to wash dishes or load and unload the dishwasher

  • Rake leaves

  • Learn to wash laundry/switch loads

  • Take care of pets

Children (Young Adults) Ages 13-18

Again, you may be surprised by how much children this age are capable of. As they age, they should be able to contribute in many of the same ways that adults would.

Here are some ideas of things they can do in this age range:

  • Do the laundry

  • Wash the dishes

  • Take out the trash

  • Help prepare meals

  • Clean windows

  • Clean bathrooms

  • Mop the floor

  • Sweep the floor

  • Help with many outdoor chores

If you didn’t start teaching your kids to help out when they were little, you haven’t missed the boat. You can begin teaching your kids to help out at any age!

Another important note -- avoid feeling discouraged if your kids don’t seem capable of doing some of the things on this list at any particular age. This is a basic guideline and does not account for many variables. Kids develop differently and not all are able to do the same things at the same age.

The main goal is to have them helping in the ways that they can.

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These steps are not painful, and they won’t take up all your time. They’re paths to success that nearly every person can do, and they won’t leave you feeling tired and exhausted at the end of the day.