The first thing you’ll want to teach your kids is time management. Let them know that they should prioritize and put the most important things first. They can play with their friends, but they should put homework and other chores and assignments first.
Tell them that organization is different for everyone and that they need to find a system that works for them. Maybe they color code things, maybe they keep things on paper or on an electronic device. Give them some freedom to organize as they see fit, as long as they’re organized.
One of those systems is to use labels! Teach your kids that labels are incredibly helpful and make it easier for them and anyone who uses their stuff to stay organized. Let them label the things in their room, their school supplies, etc.
It’s good to show your kids how they should plan their days. They probably don’t have much more than school, but they can still start now to keep a daily schedule and make sure things get accomplished on time.
If your kids can learn to put things back when they’re done with them, that’s a huge step in the right direction. Teaching your kids to clean up after themselves is the first step to getting and staying organized.
It’s also good for them to know that everything has a place and shouldn’t just be thrown on the ground. Shoes, coats, and backpacks don’t just get thrown on the ground when they come home, but they get put away.
Depending on your kids’ ages, it may be appropriate to help them keep a to do list. This can be in their bedroom, a school binder, or somewhere else. Helping them keep track of goals, chores, and assignments will help them become more organized.