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mdenton2014

I think you are right. When they help, they are more likely to buy in to the results. They are still kids and will have messes and plenty of “neat things” they collect (which we see as trash), but it seems to me the earlier you introduce them to these concepts the easier it is on the whole family as they age. I have friends with kids older than mine who say they wish they had approached this differently with their kids I.e. had them do chores, be involved in sorting and organizing. I took their advice. I love my kids and want them to have the best childhood we can give them, but we still have a responsibility to give them tools to be (hopefully) functional adults.

   
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I enjoyed your article. I liked having a big basket or small chest in my kids' room when they were very young; we could quickly put all the toys they had been playing with in it to neaten up the room without having to find a home for each toy.

   
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Carol Catlin
We have always had our playroom organized. It is necessary to avoid lost pieces, broken pieces, and toys that don’t get played with because they are at the bottom of the big tub. We have mostly used the “Really Useful” bins, since they stack so well, and lock on top. All boxes have chalkboard labels so that we can wipe and rewrite every time we do a clear out. The kids don’t necessarily like the process of reorganization but they enjoy finding a specific toy very easily.
   

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