Messy closets. We all have them, especially if we have children. And of course, most children aren’t crazy about cleaning and organizing closets.  For that matter, most adults don’t look forward to the chore either. Since most of us have a busy life, how can you get on top of keeping your closets clean? How can you get your family to help?

Organizing closets may seem like a daunting task. But if you have a family, hopefully you can recruit them to help out. What are some ways you can get your family to help?

Discussion

Talk with your family about what you want to accomplish before you start. If you can all agree on goals, this will help everyone be happy with what’s to come. In other words, don’t just announce that it’s time to clean all the closets. Make sure you let your children know there will be a reward in it for them according to how much they accomplish.

Planning

What are your goals with organizing your closets? Do you just want them to look cleaner, or do you want more detailed organization? If you lay out your plan before you start, this will help enormously. Are there any clothes you don’t wear?  Set realistic goals to clean out unwanted items, and then organize what’s left.  Setting realistic goals will help to avoid disappointment.

Rewards

Who doesn’t want a fun reward for a job well done?  Take regular breaks, and reward your family with things that you know they love. Pizza night? Going out for ice cream? You know what your family loves to eat or do, so try to make that happen for them when they reach a goal. Making the experience fun and rewarding will go a long way to making your goals a reality.

Unwanted Items

You’ll almost certainly come across things you don’t want or need any more. Make a pile or put them in boxes to either donate or sell. Donating useful items to charities such as Goodwill is a great way to teach your children to give. Or you can also try some consignment shops to make some fast cash.

Organizing your closets can actually be a rewarding experience for the whole family. It teaches your kids cooperation and organizational skills.  And it can be a fun time if you plan ahead.

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