For such little creatures, kids sure do come with a lot of stuff. That means an otherwise tidy and organized home can quickly be full of children’s clutter. So, how do you contain all the clutter, and still let your kids be kids? Keep reading to find out how to keep their toys, yet cut the chaos.
Quarterly Donation Boxes
Children grow fast and their interests change just as quickly as their shoe sizes. So, set aside time every few months to do a closet and toy clean out. Toss anything that’s broken or too well-loved to give away. Donate outgrown clothes, as well as toys that your kids no longer play with, too.
Local schools can use toys and may have needy students who need clothes. Speak with the school administration. They can advise you on what they need, and what you can donate elsewhere.
Create Accessible Bins
Instead of using one large toy box, divide toys into categories. Then place them in bins your kids can easily use. If their toys are jumbled together, your children are likely to pull everything out to find one toy.
So, making toys easy to reach and easy to identify helps eliminate unnecessary messes. Also, make sure the bins are easy for your children to open and close. That way, they don’t need assistance every time they want a new toy or need to clean up.
Hang a Chore Chart
If you’ve organized their space but your children are still leaving toys out after a cleanup, create a chore chart. Children who aren’t old enough to read can still use a picture chart. Even young children are capable of picking up toys and putting them in the correct places. You can use pictures of the toys on their designated shelves or bins to make cleanup even easier.
Provide stickers they can fill in their chore charts with, too. Alternatively, you can use the popsicle stick method by providing one popsicle stick for each chore completed. The reward system is entirely up to you. Part of the fun might be filling in the chart with stickers. Or, your children can trade popsicle sticks in for rewards like a movie night or small toy.
Of all the things children bring into our lives, clutter might be the one that is hardest to adjust to. There’s no need to fret, containing your children’s clutter can be simple with a little organization and teamwork from your children.