Setting up your house for success.

Living with young human beings could be overwhelming sometimes. It feels like stuff just appears like magic everywhere, and you never finish cleaning up … Don’t worry it won’t be forever. If you set up your house for success it will help to make it a little easer and a teaching opportunity for your children.

Children love to be part of the process, so make sure you involve them picking out elements they want to decorate and adjust to their needs. Here are some tips before you start:

  1. Try to put their belongings at their level so children can reach them and items are accessible for your children when they need stuff. (Example: hooks for jackets next to the door, a drawer in the kitchen designated for them so they can grab a cup or plate to make themselves a snack, clothes at their level in their closet so they can get dressed all by themselves ).

  2. This is your call, but I suggest minimalist as much as you can. Children really don’t need much, one Jacket is enough for the whole winter I promise they don’t need 3 or 4. Plus, too many choices make a longer “getting out the door” process. The same with shoes (my children own one pair of tennis shoes and one pair of snow boots for the winter and they are still alive :))

  3. The same with toys. Too many toys make it very hard to clean up and it is overwhelming for the whole family. Plus, things they don’t have - they can create. Making things builds focus, concentration and keeps them entertained. Building also works their motor skills and makes them use their imagination.

Young children are still practicing on focusing for long periods of time (we want to encourage that). They want to be entertained, so here are some ideas to have in the house …

 
Drawer in the kitchen designated for them:  If stuff is accessible for the children, they can be more independent to go get themselves a snack or help set up the table. Yo can do this as soon as they know how to walk. (and not just the drawer but you can put healthy snacks at their rich too… like apples, bananas, all fruit really, crackers, nuts…)

Drawer in the kitchen designated for them: If stuff is accessible for the children, they can be more independent to go get themselves a snack or help set up the table. Yo can do this as soon as they know how to walk. (and not just the drawer but you can put healthy snacks at their rich too… like apples, bananas, all fruit really, crackers, nuts…)

Art cart:  We love our art cart. It is very nice to be able to roll it around the house and hide it when we need to.  Different kinds of paper, scissors, markers, crayons, dot paint, paint, paint brushes, glitter, glue, stickers, tape…

Art cart: We love our art cart. It is very nice to be able to roll it around the house and hide it when we need to.

Different kinds of paper, scissors, markers, crayons, dot paint, paint, paint brushes, glitter, glue, stickers, tape…

Play area:  This is it, I promise children don’t need more than this, the 2 boxes have a lot of toys that will keep them entertained for at list a week. You can keep more of this boxes with more toys hide somewhere in the house if you want, and rotate the toys every week of too. This method will help to keep children more focus playing just with a couple things at the time, it will be way more easy to clean up and they will be excited to see different toys every week. (A friend use to rotate these boxes with friends, so her children were very excited to explore the boxes every other week ).

Play area: This is it, I promise children don’t need more than this, the 2 boxes have a lot of toys that will keep them entertained for at list a week. You can keep more of this boxes with more toys hide somewhere in the house if you want, and rotate the toys every week of too. This method will help to keep children more focus playing just with a couple things at the time, it will be way more easy to clean up and they will be excited to see different toys every week. (A friend use to rotate these boxes with friends, so her children were very excited to explore the boxes every other week ).

Chalk magnetic board:  We use it to write the menu for dinner, draw pictures, messages for our guest, and I add the magnetic letters for fun when my older child started to practice sounds at school… there is a lot of games you can create for them with this letters, for example: while you are cooking dinner, bring me the sound b as in ball, or you grab a letter and ask your child to bring something in the house that starts with that letter (or sound.

Chalk magnetic board: We use it to write the menu for dinner, draw pictures, messages for our guest, and I add the magnetic letters for fun when my older child started to practice sounds at school… there is a lot of games you can create for them with this letters, for example: while you are cooking dinner, bring me the sound b as in ball, or you grab a letter and ask your child to bring something in the house that starts with that letter (or sound.

Reading (Relax area):  This space is very nice and actually invites the child to read. If the books and a nice comfy space is available for them, they will use it more and be more interesting in reading or ask for a story. It could also be a good place for calm down when children need a  “time out” . I personally don’t like the time out concept, but I think it is nice to create a nice beautiful space to calm down when they need to take some deep breaths. (FYI this is a dog bed ;) very comfy…)

Reading (Relax area): This space is very nice and actually invites the child to read. If the books and a nice comfy space is available for them, they will use it more and be more interesting in reading or ask for a story. It could also be a good place for calm down when children need a “time out”. I personally don’t like the time out concept, but I think it is nice to create a nice beautiful space to calm down when they need to take some deep breaths. (FYI this is a dog bed ;) very comfy…)

And of course Legos:  We love legos in our house, one of the best ways to develop good fine motor skills, follow steps, concentration, and challenge our brains with new creations too.  This is a good way to storage them and easy to clean up.

And of course Legos: We love legos in our house, one of the best ways to develop good fine motor skills, follow steps, concentration, and challenge our brains with new creations too.

This is a good way to storage them and easy to clean up.

Family games:  We storage these in the entry way closet so they are close and available to use in the living room!. Family games are great for spending time together practice social skills, practice patience taking turns, respect, and have fun.

Family games: We storage these in the entry way closet so they are close and available to use in the living room!. Family games are great for spending time together practice social skills, practice patience taking turns, respect, and have fun.