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

little girl cleaning the dishes with a parent

As a mother, you understand how tough it is to keep the house clean and organised when you have children. Kids are disorganised, often on the go, and enjoy making messes.

Getting the kids involved in the cleaning and organizing process is one of the finest methods to keep the house organized.

Cleaning and putting things away can be done even by very small  children. You can start teaching children to be cautious of their toys and to put something away before bringing anything new out while they're little.

Simple Ways to Keep Your Kids Organized

Here are some simple tricks to help you keep your kids organized and your house from becoming a complete mess:

1. There's a place for everything. Help kids keep their items organized by providing easy-to-return spaces such as containers, drawers, and more. On the front of bins, you can put pictures or words so that they know exactly what belongs there.

2. Sort through their school supplies. When kids return home from school, they have a habit of throwing their belongings all over the place.

  • Prepare a strategy for when they return home from school. Assign a specific location for their coats, shoes, and backpacks.

  • If they're younger, assist them in sorting their documents each day from their backpacks. Some papers will need to be finished, some will be saved, and some will be discarded.

  • If kids bring a lunch to school, request that they unpack it so that it can be ready for the next day. You may feel safe allowing kids to pack their own lunches depending on their age. As soon as they arrive home, have them complete this so it's ready for the next day.

3. Assist them in decluttering their own stuff. You can also teach your children how to declutter their own stuff to assist them in being more organized. Assist kids in understanding that they don't need to keep broken or toys that are no longer used.

  • Assist them in sorting through clothes that are too small or in bad condition.

  • This will teach kids to keep their spaces clean and free of useless items.


Teaching your children to assist around the house teaches them responsibility and makes them feel like they are a part of the family.

They're not only capable of helping out, but it also teaches children life skills such as contributing to a group and considering others' needs. It also helps with the development of a work ethic.

Depending on your child's age and skill, here are some duties that he or she can help with. This is not an exhaustive list, but more a selection of tasks that children may be able to help with.

Children Ages 2-3

The fundamental goal while your children are young is to teach them the concept of helping others. Obviously, you can't expect them to clean the entire house, but they can help. During this stage, you'll have to devote a lot more time to mentoring them, but the payback will be substantial in the long run.

Assist children in learning to organize by assigning chores like these:

  • Pick up toys and place them in specified boxes or places.

  • Place the dirty laundry in the hamper.

  • Spills should be cleaned up immediately.

  • Help with loading the washer and dryer

  • Wipe down the walls and baseboards with a damp cloth (they'll probably enjoy this).

Children Ages 4-5

Children at this age will still require more hands-on guidance than children at a later age. They'll be able to work more independently than they did when they were younger, but you'll still need to supervise them.

Try these chores:

  • Put their belongings away.

  • Helping with laundry

  • Carry and store your groceries.

  • Prepare the table

  • Help in clearing the table.

Children Ages 6-8

You'll be surprised at what your children can accomplish at this age. Children at this age develop emotionally, physically, and mentally at a rapid rate. Of course, they're capable of everything listed above, as well as much more.

At this age, they should be able to help with the following:

  • Help care for pets 

  • Fold and store thier laundry.

  • Vacuum their room 

  • Cleanup the counters and sinks.

Children Ages 9-12

Again, at this age, your children are rapidly maturing and becoming increasingly self-reliant.

They can help you out in different tasks, including:

  • Helping in the car wash

  • Learn how to load and unload the dishwasher or wash dishes.

  • Rake leaves

  • Learn how to do laundry and swap loads.

  • Take good care of pets.

Children (Young Adults) Ages 13-18

You might be shocked by how much children this age can accomplish. They should be able to participate in many of the same ways that adults do as they get older.

Here are some suggestions for things they can do at this age:

  • Carry out the laundry

  • Do the dishes.

  • Remove the garbage.

  • Help in food preparation.

  • Clean windows  

  • Clean bathrooms