Keeping organised is not just for adults, it is also something that we need to teach our children. Having good organisation skills is one of the most practical things that we can pass down to our children. By showing them how routines and systems work, we are showing them how to lead a more organised life. Being organised will help them live functionally and also be happier on a day to day basis.
Let’s look at some ways in which we can help our children be more organised:
- 1. Set up a organisation zone, this can be in the bedroom, in the lounge or even in the hallway. This space will consist of a display showing all of your child’s commitments for the week, for example their timetable for school, their masjid days and times, the extra curricular activities they do in the week etc. You could also print out school term dates and display them here too. When you will display these things it will be a visual reminder for your child and will help them be aware of it the night before, therefore they will be able to prepare for the following day.
- Display your child’s chores or responsibilities which you would like them to perform. For instance, setting the dinner table, packing school bags, preparing breakfast, washing up etc
- Introduce your child to checklists, whether this is for simple things that need doing before bed or for ideas of what you will do in the holidays. Get your children used to writing down the things they need to do or are planning on doing.
- Encourage your child to make the habit of getting things ready the night before, whether it is their school bag or simply what clothes they will wear on the weekend. Getting children in to this habit of organising the night before before is a brilliant way to ensue that things get done easily and with minimal fuss.
- Use containers and drawer organisers to organise your children’s possessions, create a system which is easy for them to work. Make sure there is a specific spot for their things, for example the kids stationary should be kept in a very specific spot and should always be returned to the same place after being used. When children know where things belong it is so easy for them to locate and also put them away. Being able to do things without constantly having the parents assistance gives children confidence and sense of responsibility.
- Break tasks in smaller manageable tasks. Show your child how to break their tasks down. Looking at any task as a whole can be overwhelming for even adults, so breaking a task down will make it so much easier for them. For example if you want your child is to tidy their room, you should tell them to break it down by first picking the toys up then the clothes and then making the bed. Simply telling a child to ‘tidy their room’ may be challenging for them, instead teach them to break down and focus on each task separately.
- Help your child to learn how to use ‘free time’ constructively. Time management involves important skills which includes planning, prioritising and time estimation. Encourage your child to plan their day and tasks by using schedules or timetables, this way your child will be more likely to commit to what they decided and consistently use parts of their free time constructively.
The earlier we inculcate good practices and habits in our children the more likely it will become a very fixed part of who they are. Organisation is such a skill that will benefit them in both their academic and family life Insha’Allah so it is vital for their success that we show them how to practically make the best use of time.
Ibn Abbas reported: The Prophet ﷺ said,
‘There are two blessings which many people waste: health and free time.’ [Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 6049]