If the house is still littered with toys and children’s belongings, perhaps it’s time to declutter. Sometimes as parents we give in to what the children want at the shops and end up with too many things at home. It happens. To manage this, it’s time to seriously declutter.
Here are some ways to help with decluttering a kid’s room:
1. Decide what should stay and go
If the room is in total chaos, it’s time to let go of some toys and belongings. To effectively sort the room, parents have to be ruthless with what shouldn’t stay. First, clear out that doesn’t belong in the room such as shoes, bath towels and even cups or food. Next, it’s time to bin broken toys that can’t be repaired anymore.
2. Consider better storage organization
If the room is in a mess, probably the storage options in place aren’t working out. Consider getting storage that’s at a child’s height so children can put their toys back easily. Teach them how to store their toys in the cupboards or boxes you got them. The easiest way to start is to sort like with like, for example, putting books together on shelves and stacking blocks in the block corner. Consider grouping tiny loose items such as racing cars or beads into drawstring bags.
3. Use colour-coding to help younger kids
Labelled storage containers help children figure out where to keep their toys but for children who can’t read yet, it tells them nothing. Help these kids out by colour-coding the storage containers or use pictures. For example, sticking an image of socks on the sock drawer.
4. Guide kids with letting go
Parents should expect some kids to have a harder time letting go of their toys. Help them by asking which pieces they want to keep and which pieces can go to a new home. This lets children learn the process themselves. Also, remember to ease them in by going through a shelf or a box at a time.
For older kids, they may be motivated to help others through donating their old toys or clothes. They may even be open to the idea of selling their belongings in a car boot sale. A car boot sale is also a good opportunity for children to learn how money can be earned and the concept of a shopping transaction.
5. Free-up floor space by hanging it all up
A child’s room may not be big so help them free-up some floor space by hanging belongings that can be hung up such as jackets, clothes, backpacks and belts.
6. Model good behaviour
As usual, children model their behaviour after adults. If the kids see you tidying up after yourselves, they will model that behaviour. It’s difficult to reinforce what you want them to learn if they don’t see you practice what you preach.
For more, read 5 Simple Rules To Get The Home As Neat As Possible