Instead of stressing over the messy state of your children's room, think of it as great way to teach them new lessons. Also, working together builds bonds. - Filepic
If you’re concerned that your child’s messy room will cause him to grow disorganised and ineffective, rest easy.
A tidy room isn’t necessarily as crucial to a child’s development as parents might expect, though it certainly does offer short- and long-term benefits.
“Is a messy room going to leave a kid less capable as an adult than they would have been otherwise? I’d say no,” says educational psychologist Jane M Healy, author of Your Child’s Growing Mind. “There are more important things in child-rearing than making sure every shelf is labelled.”
But Healy says that cleaning and organising a bedroom or playroom presents myriad teachable moments for all ages. “There are wonderful opportunities to work on colour matching, classifying, and sorting,” she says. “For older kids, it can be planning ahead, having a goal, outlining the steps to get to that goal.”
Ellen Delap, a certified professional organiser and spokesperson for the National Association of Professional Organisers, says that an organised room can help prevent kids from becoming frustrated, anxious and overwhelmed.
“An uncluttered space can help them be the best people they can be,” she says. “Kids get overwhelmed with the number of toys, clothes, and technology in their spaces - it’s frustrating to find what they need.”