I've spoken (read written) several times before about giving the younger members of your family a chance to be organized. Teaching them this skill early on will do nothing but help them in the future...whether that is in college, down the road in their career or when they are raising their own children.
This leads me to share with you something I experienced at the airport on Saturday. While waiting for my bags to appear on the carousel, I saw a young girl who couldn't have been more then 10 or 11 who was waiting patiently for her bag. She was with her grandparents and seemed to be the leader of the group. She strategically placed herself in front of the ramp where the luggage was coming down ("This way, we won't have to chase the bags all around the place". I had to hold back laughter when she commented about the lack of distinguishing ribbons on people's suitcases ("wouldn't it be easier if they tied a bow on their bag?! Then they would be able to tell their own bag from a sea of black bags!"). Then I nearly lost it when she started to develop an exit plan for leaving the airport ("Grandpa, why don't you go out and hail a taxi while we wait for the last bag. Then we won't have to wait in the long taxi line").
The point is, someone has clearly installed life-long organizational skills in this girl. I can guarantee you she does not lose homework assignments, forget important dates or have a hard time finding an outfit in her closet. Can you imagine how much calmer and easier her life will be done the road?
And don't worry, I also gave her my card and told her to call me in 10-15 years after she had graduated from college!
Remember, life is easier when it's organized!