Researchers and experts will tell you that there is a positive psychology behind tidiness and organisation. Get your children to unclutter for a healthy and efficient lifestyle
By Sahana Charan
Would you believe us if we tell you that being organised in your living spaces can reduce stress and make you more active? Well, that is the truth, and psycho-analysts and researchers all over the world vouch for this theory.
A study done by researchers from the Department of Physical Education at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis revealed that people who put in an effort to have a well-organised and uncluttered house, are fitter and healthier than those who don’t.
In an article in Psychology Today, Dr Ralph Ryback says – “The human body is made up of tens of thousands of integrated biological and neuro-chemical systems, all of which are organised…It wouldn’t be surprising, then, if the reason we crave symmetry and cleanliness in our homes is to mirror the organisation within our very own bodies.”
Considering that a simple act of uncluttering your space and keeping it organised can pave the way for better physical and mental health, it is important to encourage children to keep their rooms tidy. These are some of the benefits you will see –
Tips on getting organised
Ideally, children should be helping to make their bed by the time they have finished preschool and are around six to seven years old. You can bond with them while teaching them to accomplish the task at this age, as it may be difficult for them to do it independently. Eventually, by the time they are around 10 years old, it should become a habit. Making their own bed gives children a sense of achievement and makes them responsible. More than anything else, it paves the way to practice cleanliness in the long run.
This is a fun DIY activity, which will go a long way in organising your child’s room, not just once but day-after-day. Ask your child to make a chart, where the process of cleaning up is broken down and all the different chores are listed. These tasks could be -- make your bed, fold up the clothes, keep washed clothes in cupboard, put books in their place, store the toys in their boxes and so on. The chart could also list out bigger cleaning tasks and assign them on particular days. This way the child can approach small tasks at a time, without feeling burdened by a huge task.
Don’t you feel nice when you enter a room and see everything neatly labelled? When the books and stationery items are kept in neat baskets and that have labels on them and shelfs are marked according to what they hold? Your children will like it too, as long as you don’t make it sound like a chore. During a free weekend, get together with your little ones and help them make colourful labels. You could use washi tapes or plain sticker labels on which they can write or draw. When children see the result and how neat it looks, they will be interested in maintaining the labels and keeping things in their place.
Many of us, not just children, have the habit of hoarding stuff only because we have some kind to attachment to them. When you go through a child’s toy basket or wardrobe, there may be many items there, which they do not use anymore. That is because they have outgrown them. Teach your child to do a recce of their wardrobe occasionally, to check for clothes that do not fit them anymore. The same goes for books and toys. These can be donated to charity. Such an exercise
As parents, it doesn’t hurt to get your child’s space refurbished, if it looks dull or rundown. You do not need to spend lavishly for such a project -- a fresh coat of paint or a small upgrade with interesting accessories should do the trick without breaking the bank. Children like spaces which looks bright and colourful and are more likely to keep such a space organised.
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