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Can smarter closets smooth school days?
August 1 2013
(ARA) - Experts say children with good organizational skills do better in school. Performing activities such as sorting and classifying when children are pre-school-age and older can help them acquire organizational skills. It may even help to build self-confidence and self-control, too. What better way to teach kids organization than by starting with their own clothes and toys?

It's important for children to learn early that 'everything has its place.' One way to encourage responsibility, foster independence, nurture organization and get every day off to a smoother start is with closet and playroom storage designed with your child in mind. Children who master their environment by reaching for their own clothes and tidying up after themselves feel empowered.

When making over closets and playroom storage for kids, look at the world from their eye level and perspective. Closet system 'Starter Kits,' such as those offered by Home Options Storage Solutions, available at Lowe's home improvement stores and www.lowes.com, include adjustable rods and shelves. These ready-to-assemble closet kits let you design and build your own custom closet solution without the need of a professional.

With the lower rod at an appropriate level, small arms can reach everyday shirts and play-dresses. The higher rod can be used for 'special occasion-ware.' Adjustable components and add-on accessories allow your closet configuration to grow and change with your child.

When siblings share a bedroom, arguments over space are sure to occur. The Home Options Starter Kit includes a 'tower' unit that is ideal for separating shared closets with a neutral center space. Plastic storage bins or baskets in each child's favorite color can minimize mix-ups and transform sibling rivalry into revelry.

Low shelves are perfect for at-a-glance storage of folded pants, sweaters and T-shirts, or books and toys. Kids who have trouble folding can roll their T-shirts and pants instead. Kids can be rough on furniture, so sturdy construction (look for 5/8-inch thick melamine) is paramount for children's rooms. For safety, add doors and childproof latches to your design to secure craft supplies or toys that require adult supervision.

Another great way to teach your child organization is to role model it in the way you keep your own closet and other areas throughout the home by customizing laundry room, entertainment center and other storage. For more inspiration, information and an online closet planning tool, go to www.homeoptionsstorage.com.

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