Saturday, July 9, 2011

Conquering Clutter: Kid's rooms

Depending on the age of your kids, this can be a challenging thing to do.  One thing that I have found that works with older kids is to ask them to spend 15 minutes or to do one drawer or to get rid of a certain number of things.  For example, for every two things you keep, you need to get rid of one thing.  By breaking it up, it is much easier for them to do.  As I look back when my kids were younger, I realize that they didn't need as much as they had.  It would have saved me money and time cleaning if I had bought less for them.  Many of us have heard the saying that we use 20% of our clothes 80% of the time.  I think that is true with toys and tools and hobbies too.  Figure out which toys your children play with the most and get rid of some of the ones they don't play with.  If you don't plan on having more kids, pass your used things on to someone else who will appreciate them.  If clothes are bulging out of the drawers, it is time to get rid of some.  If you have young kids, they won't notice if you clean and declutter things yourself.  I always had to remind myself that I was the one who bought all this stuff when I got frustrated with it.  Make things easier for yourself and them by setting limits on how much to keep. 

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