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With all the great things that come with having children, also comes the endless clutter! Buying a ton of storage probably won’t cut it – you need a strategy, and you might need to chuck out a few things down the line too. Follow these tried and tested tips on how to declutter your child’s room.
1. Decide what will stay and what will go
The first step is to go through all the things in your child’s room to evaluate what is really needed. Be ruthless here! Evaluate at least the following:
Don’t just throw these things out, though - recycle, donate or gift as much as you can!
2. Motivate your child to get involved
When it comes to decluttering, your child might get emotional – they might not like the idea of letting go of anything. Don’t try to do it all in one day, start with one area.
Help your child understand the process by explaining that the things they barely use can get a new home somewhere. The thought of helping others can be motivating and a great educational experience for children who are old enough to understand. Alternatively, you could suggest they sell their items in a yard sale, using the money for something previously agreed upon.
3. Store by category
Toys, clothes, sports gear, arts and crafts materials… all these tend to get jumbled together in a child’s room. Create relevant categories and source a separate, suitable storage solution for each. Make storing things more fun for your child by colour-coding storage baskets or decorating containers with stickers.
4. Use the walls
Using the walls of your child’s room for storage is a great way to free up space on the floor. Install shelves, hooks or a cute wall basket to add storage space without making the room appear more cramped.
The best way to teach your child to keep their room decluttered is by setting the example yourself. Easier said than done, right? Yet, if your children see you store and organise things in the house, they will pick up the habit too.
What’s more, decluttering your child’s room doesn’t mean it has to look boring! It’s important it still feels homey and tickles their imagination. Wall décor, such as a personalised sign, a cute print or a stuffed animal head brings life to the room without creating clutter.