It’s difficult enough to find the time to declutter, but having kids can make it near impossible. Every day, there’s a new mess somewhere, and it feels like a never-ending battle against tidiness and order. It shouldn’t all be on you to keep the home neat and tidy, regardless of how old your kids are, so here are some ways you can explore about teaching our kids how to declutter.
Set a Schedule
Kids aren’t one for schedules, but creating a routine to convince them to declutter the home will help them become more comfortable with tidying up. The type of plan you create is up to you, but it’s most important to keep it regular so that your kids get used to it.
The next time you go on a donation run, encourage your kids to bring toys they haven’t played with for a while. Alternatively, make every Sunday a declutter day. Your children will soon get into the habit of decluttering and start thinking more about what they need.
Count Their Things
Whether your child can count yet or, it’s essential to keep an inventory of what they have, and helping them create this inventory can give them the realisation that they do not need as much as they have. This can help put things in perspective for them and will help them decide what they want to keep and what they can donate to charity or keep in London Storage Units until they can determine what to do with it.
Decluttering for kids is not possible without first setting boundaries. Any parent is used to the battle of setting boundaries, but it’s especially important when it comes to toys and games.
Toys can pile up and take over the house quicker than you might expect, so creating a system that should minimise the number of toys around is vital. You can do this by purchasing a large tub or chest of drawers for your child’s things and telling them that once it’s full, that’s it — no more toys.
This will encourage them to be more careful with their toy selection and hopefully not get bored of playing with something after only a week.
Reuse or Recycle?
Not letting go of their things can be frustrating for you as a parent, and there’s only so much you can keep in a storage unit before you need to encourage your kids about other options for their things.
Once boundaries, counting and schedules are organised, you can then teach them about what they can do with their possessions they do not need anymore. This can include toys, games, books, and even clothes. Promoting an idea that you don’t need to throw things in the bin will make them more conscious about where their items go, and it will help them think critically about what to do with it once they don’t need it anymore.
Declutterers of the Future
It’s unlikely your kids will take to decluttering immediately. There will be resistance and maybe even tantrums. However, with enough practice and repetition, they will soon learn everyone should tidy up after themselves and realise it’s okay to let go of toys they haven’t used in years.