How To Declutter Your Kids Room.

How to successfully declutter your kid’s stuff.

Decluttering other peoples stuff is a tough decision to make, especially when its a small child’s stuff as their toys have often been given as a gift, or their clothes may hold a special memory for us.

Having done lots of research on how to declutter with kids and having tried various methods to include my children in the process of decluttering their possessions,  my conclusion is, that it is better to make the decisions on your own.

My kids get vast amounts of gifts from family members despite me suggesting experiences rather than actual presents. While I am very grateful my kids have such kind family members it does mean that our house can be bursting with toys, this, in turn, makes it difficult to see what they have got to play with.

While I do try to rotate toys, which you can read more about here, it can still get out of hand very quickly if I am not on top of decluttering unused and broken toys. Although I do donate heaps of unplayed with toys, my kids have honestly never missed anything of theirs that I have given away.

My kids, however,  seem to be much less sentimental towards simplifying their clothes.

Q.  How do I  start decluttering my kid’s toys?

 1. Wait until they have gone out for the day.

Waiting until your kids are out of  the house enables you to:

  • Get rid of anything broken without any tears.
  • Qualify which toy your kids play with without any protests from the kids
  • Pack stuff up without stuff getting dragged back out of the bags
  • Cull unloved soft toys
  • Get rid of paper junk
  • Throw away any unusable stationery, broken crayons, felt tips with no lids  and dried up pens

Look upon decluttering your kid’s stuff as a gift-giving day.

Think of all the people in your life who would benefit from your unused toys, clothes, prams and games it will help you to feel more positive about letting go.

If you know of someone who will love it,  pass it on and spread the joy!

2. Declutter broken toys.

Decluttering broken toys is a no-brainer!

If a  toy or game has a piece missing or broken, throw it away immediately and don’t look back!

A tremendous amount of toy storage is often taken up by broken toys. Kids can’t play with broken stuff, so get rid of the car with one wheel or the doll with no head!

 3. How To Declutter Sentimental Toys.

You may get teary eyed looking at a bag of baby clothes or a favourite toy.  In this case, try to remember that the doll or clothes helped to create the memory. The memories are in the moments not in the toy,  if the doll is no longer there, the memories still will be.

 4.   Ditch the excuses

  •  It was expensive
  • It was a gift
  • It was their first pair of shoes
  • It was your great aunts
  • It was her first doll
 You could find a reason to keep everything you kids have ever drawn, worn, played with or touched. If your child doesn’t like it, wear it, or play with it ditch it!

 5.  If your kids have never played with it, give it away!

  • If it cost you a fortune
  • If they begged for it for weeks
  • If they’ve only played with it once, but they’ve owned it for a year get rid of it!
  •  If you think they are too young for it and may play with it at a later date, in my experience, they most probably will never touch it!

 6. Cull the paperwork!

Try to give your kids a sketchpad for drawing and a notebook for writing instead of loose sheets of paper. So, at tidy up time, your kids are not shoving handfuls of used loose paper into already overstuffed drawers.
One pad of paper is also less overwhelming for little ones to tidy up so they will be more inclined to help with tidy up time!

7. Make sure every toy has a home.

Bedrooms are much simpler to keep tidy if every toy has somewhere to live. Kids are keen to put stuff away if it’s easy to stash, if they don’t know where to put a toy you can’t expect them to put it away, or find it when they want to play with it. After you’ve decluttered be sure to make sure each toy has a designated storage area where it can be returned to.
The less stuff  (clutter) they have, the more care they take of their treasured possessions.

 8. Clear the bedroom floors!

Except for train or car tracks, keep floors and surfaces free of clutter in kids rooms.
This habit should encourage them not to drop stuff on the floor or surfaces and to put it away instead, without you having to nag them.

 

9. Get rid of it ASAP!

After you’ve decluttered, get it all out of the house as soon as possible.

Run, run, as fast as you can to the charity shop or the tip, because if those little people see that unworn itchy jumper or the headless doll in the charity bag, you can bet your last dollar that they will make your life a living hell for the rest of the day!

10. Get the kids involved in organising their new space.

Now is the perfect time to get your kids on board with organising their new space, things they could help with would be.

  • Making  homemade labels for drawers and baskets, so they know where to return things to
  • Polishing the newly cleared surfaces
  • Cleaning the windows
  • Finding homes for all their toys

At this stage of decluttering the kid’s room, kids can take an assertive role in getting the room back together, if they participate in the cleaning and organising part of the process they are much more likely to remember to return their items to where they got them.

Benefits of decluttering the kid’s room


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