School is in full swing for many of us, and I don’t know about you- but my house is a mess! Going back to school means less time to get things done— and more things to get done! School has also meant getting back to reading books, and over the summer we picked up some really great ones that introduce the idea of cleaning, organizing and too much stuff to kids. It is never too early (or too late) to teach organizing skills to your kids. Here are some of the books I found that are helpful for children of all ages: (listed youngest to oldest)
Toddlers will look forward to clean-up time with this simple rhyming book that encourages them to chant along as they tidy up. Young children learn to work together to put items in their place, make a neater space, keep a smile on their face—and make room for more fun.
Mama and Papa are frustrated that Brother and Sister can’t seem to pick up after themselves. Will the cubs ever learn to clean up their messes? This beloved story is a perfect way to teach children about tidying up, organization, and taking good care of their belongings.
(This one is my daughter’s personal favorite)
From closets and drawers to the attic and the basement – Papa, Mama, Brother, and Sister realize that they have too much stuff. But what will they do with it all? This beloved story is a perfect way to teach children about the concepts of giving and generosity.
Spencer has too many toys! His father trips over them, his mother falls over them, and the house is overflowing with junk. Now its time to give some of the mountain of goodies away, but Spencer finds it hard. In the end, he fills a box, but decides the one toy he can’t part with is the box!
Kids learn 12 reasons why people procrastinate and 12 Procrastination Busters that can help; 20 ways to kiss procrastination good-bye; tips for avoiding setbacks like the dreaded Domino Effect; and Mighty Motivators and Fun Rewards to keep them on track. See You Later, Procrastinator! gives kids lots of ways to kick the procrastination habit and feel more in charge of their lives.
Here’s friendly, practical, humorous help for kids who want to manage their tasks, their time, and their stuff—without going overboard or being totally obsessed. Tips, techniques, strategies, and examples empower kids to conquer clutter, prioritize tasks, handle homework, prepare for tests, plan projects, stop procrastinating, and start enjoying the benefits of being organized: less stress and more success. Lists and steps make it doable; jokes and cartoons make it enjoyable. Recommended for any kid who’s frustrated, overwhelmed, and sick of hearing “Clean your room!” “Where’s your homework?” and “You’re going to be late AGAIN!”
Co-authored by her 17-year old daughter, Jessi Morgenstern-Colon, the book features quizzes, self-tests, anecdotes, advice from other teens, and lively graphics. This guide will prove indispensable to teens — and an answer to their parents’ and teachers’ wishes.