This is a guest post by Fort Knox
You may start out with the best of intentions and even invest in good storage solutions for your child’s room, but before you know it, their room is cluttered and too full of their toys, clothes, shoes and other items.
Clutter is undesirable in any part of the house, but a de-cluttering effort can be hugely therapeutic. When de-cluttering your child’s room it is a very good idea to involve them in the process, although this is bound to take more time. Your child’s involvement is important and you will be teaching them some valuable lessons for life, so the benefits are definitely more significant than the inconvenience.
De-cluttering does not mean that a number of items need to be identified as worthy of keeping, while the rest of your child’s belongings have to be given away, donated or thrown away. To the contrary, moving some items into an offsite storage facility, such as a facility provided by Fort Knox, is an excellent solution. When you take up this approach, you minimise the clutter in your child’s room and your home, but you have the peace of mind of knowing that items you want to keep and may use again are kept in a safe, hygienic, accessible place. Read on for some great ways on how to otherwise get started with the de-cluttering process.
1: Throw, Donate or Sell
Start with a garbage bag to hold items to be thrown away, a box for items that can be donated, sold or given away, and a box for items that can be placed in another part of the house. It is likely that you will encounter broken toys and toys that have essential parts missing. These items should be thrown away.
2: Explain the reasons why some toys need to go
Logical reasons for culling and organising toys can include: creating more space for play, reducing the amount of clutter, or making a donation to charity. Many children are incredibly compassionate and when they understand the reasons, they are more willing to part with particular items.
3: Share the decision of what will stay and what will go
Be aware that many children under the age of eight find it difficult to make these decisions. It can be very helpful to encourage your child to pick out toys that they do not often play with and will not miss when they are not around.
4: Keep it together
As you de-clutter, sort items into piles and, if a toy has multiple parts, try to group the toy and all of its parts together.
5: Be clear and be firm as you de-clutter with your child.
Distractions will be inevitable and there can be a temptation to keep items for sentimental reasons or because they had been forgotten about but now seem interesting. They were not missed before and are unlikely to be missed again.
De-cluttering your child’s room and simultaneously teaching them principles of organisation can be rewarding and therapeutic, and can also help children learn some important lifelong lessons, such as how to care for their belongings.