It’s Monday morning and we have a case of the “Where’s my.”
Where’s my homework?
Where’s my soccer ball?
Where’s my library book?
Where’s my other sock?
And the answer, “Where you left it,” though satisfying to say, is not helpful.
Or so I’ve been told.
I am a firm believer that I, as the mom, should not be the one responsible for locating all my children’s things. However, that hasn’t been the case.
Somehow, without me ever signing up for it, I became The Finder.
It wasn’t a big deal when the boys were younger. I was happy to be The Finder when they didn’t have as much to find and remember, but as the boys get older that is changing. Rapidly.
Therefore, I have been inspired to take certain steps towards relinquishing my title as The Finder.
I am not alone in my quest to get my family organized and running smoothly. There is a reason The Container Store makes over $750 million each year and Marie Kondo’s 2014 book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up was #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and has sold more than 3 million copies.
All of us fight to stay organized on a daily basis for many reasons.
Educators cite being organized as the key to academic success, especially in college. Being organized not only leads to higher test scores, it also results in more on time assignments and lower stress.
Being organized doesn’t only help stress levels in school. A disorganized home or office has also been found to contribute to increased stress levels. Chronically high levels of stress can lead to depression, fatigue, fights, and lower productivity.
Living in disorganized chaos can also lead to fractured home lives as well. People have admitted to researchers they will choose to work late to avoid going home and into an environment of chaos. And I, for one, have occasionally felt more than a little resentful towards my family when I think I am alone in the struggle to keep the household and its members organized.
I am not doing my family or myself any favors by being The Finder and sorting through the jumbles of assignments, due dates, and appointments and making everything ready for the morning. My children need to learn how to be organized themselves.
Not just so they make it out the door to school in time, but so they can succeed throughout their lives.
So, how do I get my children to be organized?
Here are 4 things you can do to raise an organized child.