Do your kids have clutter?
If you didn’t get a chance to reduce the clutter before Christmas it is probably a lot worse now!
New Christmas gifts, last year’s school work and a whole heap of stuff that no longer fits them or they use.
These school holidays are an ideal time to tackle the issue and get the kids involved which will hopefully help them keep on top of it during the year.
A good rule to use is the one in one out philosophy – in comes a new pair of shoes and an old pair goes out, same goes for items of clothing, toys, books etc. etc. you get the idea.
Another concept for keeping on top of kids clutter is they can only hold what a specific space will allow, for example the space for socks whether it be a drawer, basket or other storage area. Teach your child/ren they can only keep the amount of socks that fit in that specific space without it overflowing or them being crammed in and the same goes for items areas in their rooms.
Another tip is to have a basket/box for each member of the household and at the end of the day each person is to collect everything that is theirs and does not belong in the main living areas of the home get put in the basket/box and then they put away in their space.
If they don’t help clean up you can store it and use the items as a trade for another household chore to be done in return for their items.
Be selective about what school work and other memorabilia you keep, it is easy to get carried away and before you know it you have boxes and boxes of things you or your children will never look at. If you want a keepsake, pick one or two special pieces from each year. For the others perhaps take photos of them or even frame them as artwork.
Hopefully these few tips will help you and your family keep on top of the clutter.
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