Not all people work in this way, but many will discover that clutter in an environment will bring clutter into the mind and spirit. De-cluttering a space will free up the mental space for the staff and for children in your care, particularly those children who struggle with a busy internal body. Keeping organized will help in creating structure.
Children who are busy inside their mind and body and have challenges finding balance and calmness simply due to they’re biological makeup will discover messy environments and busy walls discomforting. But, preschoolers will not be able to articulate such issues or hold the developmental awareness of such a connection.
De-cluttering the Wall
Many schoolrooms post the children’s artwork or lesson plans for the day. Many classrooms are visually very busy! Why should young children’s space have limited to no still and quiet areas for eyes to rest? Artwork can be posted, but there should be a happy balance. Try designating a bulletin board or a special wall or two that will rotate children’s artwork as the preschool/daycare is experiencing themes or seasons. The other walls can have one picture only, again not too bright or busy, or only left blank. Choosing appropriate colors is also very important.
Organizing Young Children’s Shelves
Keeping toys and material arranged is a great feat for any early childhood setting, but some tactics can help in the process. Having boxes which are labeled with photos of the item at young children’s eye level will provide an organization in their world. The boxes/ baskets/ containers can hold toys and material, which is organized into categories.
For instance, a container can hold cars and have a photo of a car on the front. Then, when the children tidy up together, they can take ownership in keeping their space organized. Having containers that are identical looking will help provide a calming visual presentation for the daycare or preschool. Many shelving units are now sold with the collection of containers provided.
Organizing Teacher’s Storage Spaces
Storage spaces for toys and material is a place that often becomes cluttered. As the staff members are busy focusing on the children, the space that has a door to shut can become an area of high disorganization and clutter. Keeping storage areas organized will help in keeping the patience intact for staff members. It is better for a caregiver to place focus on the children, rather than trying to find a particular toy or art material for a project.
See-through plastic containers that can be stacked indeed work in these environments. Try and find funds in the budget for this organizational material. It will have long-lasting effects. When the inside of these boxes can be viewed with one scanning glance, then quite simply, time and energy are saved.
Ask for Help to De-clutter
Getting a space de-cluttered can be time-consuming. Often caregivers, particularly full-time daycare workers, cannot find the time in their busy schedule to clean and organize. Their first and foremost attention must be with the children, and in taking care of their own selves. Once space is organized, it can be easier to keep clean. Why not ask parents to volunteer for an hour or so to help organize, or have a big clean up party! In the long run, the benefits will help everyone involved.
Keeping space de-cluttered and organized is a difficult task for many working environments. Early childhood settings are filled with a great deal of material and toys for the young children which makes it challenging to keep organized. Once the de-cluttering and clean up is achieved, keeping the room organized will bring comfort to those spending their time in it.