Sarah Renner: Organizing Children’s Room for Both the Children and Their Parents | Room by Room #27

In this episode, host Gabriella Joustra is joined by Sarah Renner, who founded the "Organized With Kids" Blog and developed the Sarah's Sort Method

Parents often experience the challenge of maintaining an organized and functional living space. In this episode, parents can gain practical tips and firsthand experiences managing chaos in a home with children.

Meet Sarah Renner

Sarah Renner is a blogger and a life coach who also spent 15 years working as a classroom teacher for grade 3 and kindergarten students. After having her own girls, she transformed her blog into a home organization business in 2018, working specifically with mothers and their children.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Sarah pivoted her business to online support for mothers, providing group coaching and creating an online course called the Sort Method. She also published blogs on Organized With Kids, where she talks about simplifying home processes and organizing.

About the episode

Sarah delves into the pivotal role organization plays in shaping one’s perceptions of one’s home and oneself. She defines home organization as a distinct concept tailored to each family, emphasizing homes that serve their inhabitants without overwhelming, fostering functional and stress-free spaces.

When it comes to organizing kids’ rooms, Sarah points out that these spaces serve similar functions for children as they do for adults — a place to unwind and call their own. She highlights the importance of having a designated area for kids to retreat to, allowing them to unwind and recharge before the next day.

Sarah discusses the importance of teaching organizational skills to children from a young age. She emphasizes that they learn by observing their parents and suggests setting up a tidy play space or bedroom. Sarah recommends gradually giving them more ownership and check-ins as children grow older to ensure they don’t feel stuck. 

Sarah underscores the importance of actively listening to children’s input while organizing their bedrooms. The significance of fostering an environment where children feel genuinely heard and valued advocates against the undue pressure of pursuing an unattainable perfection. Moreover, establishing straightforward boundaries and introducing tasks such as bed-making instill a sense of responsibility and productivity in children.

Daily routines instill in children the practice of maintaining their rooms. She proposes initiating this process by introducing tasks such as making their beds, advocating for minimalism in their room to ensure achievable success, and establishing a regular reset day. Through the strategic breakdown of the organizational journey, parents can guide their children in cultivating a sense of ownership and responsibility for their living spaces.

Before the podcast ends, Sarah explained her unique method, including making things simpler, organizing them very carefully, refreshing the space every so often, and setting up simple, doable habits. This comprehensive plan aims to give parents more power by building their confidence and reducing the stress that comes with keeping an eye on and maintaining the cleanliness of their kids’ rooms.

In conclusion

When your children have ownership of their personal spaces, it fosters trust and accountability. The collaborative approach between parents and children establishes effective organizational systems, offering practical methods such as simplification, organization, and establishing achievable routines. This holistic approach alleviates parental stress while nurturing children’s responsibility and confidence in managing their living environments.

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