How to De-Clutter Your Kids Room How to De-Clutter Your Kids Room
Keeping kids room spic and span can drive any parent crazy. You clear the clutter in two hours only to have your kid mess everything again in one minute. However, it doesn’t have to be that difficult. Here are some practical tips that will help you de-clutter child's personal space.
Step 1 - Take Out Some Items from the Room
Take a good look around the room. Using a large bin, collect all the things that your kid doesn't really need anymore. This can be the infant books, the clothes he or she has already outgrown, and that collection that he's gotten bored of. You can donate these things to charity, hand them down to his siblings or cousins, or sell them in a garage sale. Doing this will make it much easier for both of you to clear up the room.
Step 2 - Invest in Organizers
There are so many things that you can use to organize your child's things--drawers for the clothes, shelves for the books, bins for the toys, and hampers for dirty clothing. Investing in these things may mean money out of your pocket but in the end, it's worth it. Just make sure that the organizers you buy are kid-friendly. Avoid those that have sharp edges to avoid cuts and wounds. Don't buy bins or drawers with small holes as these can pinch your little one's fingers. See to it that the organizer wasn't paid with lead paint since lead is a toxic substance that can harm your child.
Step 3 - Label Everything
It doesn't end at organizing his things. Even though you've already done this, you need to do other things to ensure that mess won't come back for a long time. One way to do that is to label his things. Labeling everything can help avoid the guessing game. For example, if you organized your kid's shoes on the shoe rack, put a label on each of the shoe box so you know which one is inside. This way, if he's going to use a particular pair, he won't need to take out all the boxes and create a gigantic mess just to find what he is looking for.
Step 4 - Rotate Toys
Designate a set of toys that your kid can play with each day. Place them in separate containers. If he wants to play something not designated for that day, he can only do so if he puts away his toys back to their original container. This is a good idea so that the clutter won't get bigger and bigger everytime your kid wants to play with another set of toys.
Step 5 - Establish Cleaning Routine
Finally, make sure that you teach your kid good cleaning habits. Teach him how to put away his toys and organize his things so that in time, you will no longer need to do this for him, as he can already do so on his own.