Can you keep a clutter-free house with kids?
I'm here to tell you that it is certainly possible, however, you'll need to be armed with the best of tips and tricks a whole lot of patience :)
Keeping a tidy home with littles running around is a challenge. The never-ending need to pick up everything in every room can lead to increased stress, anxiety, and sheer exhaustion.....Here's the good news, you are not alone! and there are action steps you can take to ease this season of life.
Here are my favorite tips to help you take and keep control of your kids' toy clutter:
1- Pairing Down
Some categories that can grow quickly and take a lot of physical space like Stuffed Animals. Include the kiddos in the decision of which to keep by asking them: "Go find your 3 (whatever number works for you) favorite stuffed animals". Then talk about what to do with the rest "These 3 you chose are so special! the others can be special to someone else, I bet they'll be great to give to kiddos that don't have any". If the stuffed animals are not in great shape, consider animal shelters, my kids LOVE donating stuffed animals for doggies to play with (there are other considerations like plastic eyes that may do harm, check with your local shelter) .
Another quick purge category is any toy that is broken or is missing parts, in some cases, we may think that it can be fixed, but think of the time investment, will you truly make the time to fix a broken toy?
2- Control what comes into the house
Often, we are the ones creating the clutter problem in the first place because we buy unnecessary items, and sometimes, you'll notice the kiddo has lost interest in the toy rather quickly.
Before your purchase something for your children ask yourself:
3- Sort by category
There's a certain age when kids love sorting, use this time to your advantage! spread out and give your kiddos some room and have them practice their sorting skills.
*Side note- just came across this amazing organization, if you come up with lots of toys to donate, consider www.secondchancetoys.org
their story is all-inspiring and they understand the need to keep plastics out of landfills
Keeping it tidy
Now that you and the kiddos have worked through the clutter, keep it that way with these simple tips
If your toy collection is rather large, hasn't been addressed for a while (or ever) and it all feels overwhelming, first-give yourself some grace, then- start with one category- maybe today just focus on legos...
If you need some support in taking the first step, reach out, we are always here to help