8 Steps To Simplifying Your Kids' Clutter
Kids' rooms can quickly become a source of significant clutter if they are not actively organised and tidied each day. If you're at the point where you might scream if you accidentally stand on another lego then maybe its time to start the decluttering process. We encourage you to include your children in this process because they so often lead and absorb information by example. Kids from as young as 3 know how to identify their favourite toys. Toys are educational and important for development but too many toys becomes a burden and limiting. We have created a clear plan of action to simplifying your children's' clutter.
1. Start by sorting all items into categories
By sorting each item in to a particular category, you are able to identify the amount of stuff you actually have. Say for instance you pile up your kids' collection of plush toys and suddenly realise that 40 plush toys may be too many. Sort into categories like all legos, dolls, books, soft toys, crafts, artworks and declutter from there.
2. Get rid of anything that is broken and cannot or hasn't been fixed
It's easy to end up mushing all toys together, whether working or broken, which can add to your clutter problem. Go through all toys and check that they are not broken, if they can be repaired then make a plan to fix them or simply get rid of them. This also includes arts and crafts, like paint and marker pens, that have dried up.
3. Donate toys that your children have outgrown and you don't plan on using again
Kids' are continuously growing at a rapid rate, what once was the toy of the month can easily be discarded and forgotten about the next month. If your child is too old for some of his toys and you don't plan on passing it on to another child then donate it. A rule of thumb would be to identify toys that have been neglected and unused for the past 6 months.
5. Sort through all items and decide on the things you love and will keep
It is far easier to initially decide on the things that you love rather then to first start to sort through the things to get rid of. Ask your child what toys they absolutely love and cherish. This might make letting go of the rest slightly easier.
6. Encourage your kids to donate and help them understand who may benefit
Decluttering kids' rooms is a continuous process but if you can teach them that there are other children out there who will love and cherish their unused toys then they become more open to letting go.
7. Teach your kids business skills by allowing them to sell their toys
If your children have an interest in earning some extra pocket money then why not encourage them to sell their well-looked after or unused toys.
8. Get rid of or create a digital scrapbook of not-so-special artworks or documents
Art works, school projects, home assignments and old reports can accumulate very quickly. We suggest taking pictures of or scanning the not-so-special items and preserving the rest. If you cherish it, why not frame it and show it off?
9. Ensure that all the toys you keep have an organised place
Keep toys organised and arranged in designated places and storage items. This also makes it easier for your children to find exactly what they need during playtime. This also applies to sentimental items that are going to be kept for years to come, ensure they are preserved in adequate storage.