6 Tips For Decluttering With Kids
Posted on: February 13, 2020 | by: Zara Raza
Kids are a pleasure to have around as they bring a smile to our faces, but they can also be messy. It is our job as parents to help our children stay organized inside the home. As you declutter your house, you definitely do not want to forget about decluttering your children’s belongings as well!
This may be a hurdle at first as children may be stubborn about keeping everything. But do not worry, as we have put together some quick tips on how you can help your child reduce the amount of stuff they keep inside the house. We hope these tips can inspire your child to declutter as well!
1. Make categories for everything.
When decluttering, it is ALWAYS a good idea to create categories to save time and energy. Put the board games in one stack, the legos in another pile, the coloring books in a separate bin etc. This will also help your child see how many extras there are of a particular item. From there, you can convince your child to keep only a few of each item.
2. Teach your kids to declutter.
Do not be the parent that does all your child’s work for them! Teach your children how to declutter as well. Perhaps handing them a checklist on what all to declutter might inspire them to actually do it. There are many ways to get your child to declutter!
3. Keep track of what toys your kid uses and what they don’t.
It might be beneficial for you to keep an eye on what toys your kid is really using so you can separate the well-loved toys from the ones that don’t get much attention. Another good way to do this would be putting the toys that your child doesn’t seem to play with in a separate box and storing that away somewhere else in your house where your child will not see them. Then, you can see if your child notices that they are gone and wishes to have them back. If not, this might be a sign that you need to either give away these toys or put them in storage!
4. Encourage kids to donate.
Since kids love to hold onto everything, this may take some serious convincing. A good time to bring up the option of donating toys and games would be when your child feels down about not having much power and control over anything. Tell your child how much of a difference they can make if they donate the toys and games that no longer hold their interest. Ask them to visualize a less fortunate child receiving the gift and a big smile forming on their face. Additionally, here are nine ways to teach your child about charity.
5. Challenge your kids to fit drawings, colorings and other picture items into a bin or two, and get rid of the rest.
Kids love challenges! If you specifically say that you are giving them a challenge to fit everything into a bin or two for a proper toy storage system in the living room, they might be more inclined to show you that they can pass the test. Depending on the personality of your child, you can even try making it seem as if you don’t think they can do it, which will encourage them to do it even more!
6. Tell your kid that their favorite unused toys and other belongings still belong to them!
If you have convinced your child to store away certain items and they still seem a little upset, be sure to remind them that those items are still theirs! In fact, storing items away can be even more fun since you can rotate them each season. This way, your child can learn to appreciate each and every toy, game and drawing that they have. If you think about it, this is a win-win situation.
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