Reading How To Raise An Amazing Child the Montessori Way, by Tim Seldin, inspired me to create a more kid-friendly environment at home. All the ideas in this book are so incredibly simple and sensible! This book does an excellent job of teaching parents how to implement Montessori principles at home to encourage children to be helpful, happy and independent. The first thing I reorganized at home was a kitchen drawer. Then I moved onto tackling the clutter in the front closet. I took all my kids' things out of the closet and moved them down to a pint sized level...
a basket for mittens, gloves, scarfs and hats
a stool to sit on
These simple changes have saved sooooo much time and stress when heading out the door. My preschooler can independently get ready to go (she just needs help zipping her jacket). And gone are the days of her asking if her shoes are on the right feet!! My tot knows right where to go to find everything and can follow simple directions like, "please go get your sneakers." And when we come home, my tot and preschooler can put away their own things, saving me just a little cleaning time!!