Principles to Teach:
Read through summary of Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
Today we are going to learn about organization. What does organization mean? [putting things in order – where they belong]
Let’s learn about organization by organizing ourselves in different ways. (Rearrange yourselves according to height, age, hair length, hair color, birthdays, etc. You could also do the same thing with blocks. (sizes, shapes, colors))
Organization is about putting things that are the same together and putting them in the right spot. What are some things we should organize in our house? [clothes, toys, books, etc.]
How much space is in our house? Eventually we will run out of space and things will get really messy.
How does it make you feel when things are not organized and messy?
Lets start with your [toys/clothes/books/etc.]. Let’s gather them from all around the house and put them in one pile. Then we will sort them into piles. Things we like that we will keep, things to give away, and a maybe pile.
As you sort through the items, ask questions like, “Do you like this item?” “Do you play with/wear it a lot?” “Does it make you happy?” “Does the memory of it make you happy and now you can let someone else enjoy it?” (we didn’t use Marie’s word of “sparking joy” because our children wouldn’t have understood it.
Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Tips from Marie Kondo’s AMA on applying the method to children: