Decluttering the Kid’s Bedrooms
The Number One Thing
First, explore and define how you and your child want his bedroom to make him feel. How do you want her environment to nurture her? How do you want his bedroom to help him grow into the person you know he can become? Your answers to these questions will define its design. Declutter and organize your child’s bedroom with this in mind.
Have a Quick Win
Clear the tops of all the dressers and nightstands. Only put back the lamps and a few important items. This gives you an immediate quick win to have their nightstands and dressers clear of clutter.
- Move things out that found their way into his bedroom that don’t belong there.
- Go through his drawers. Get rid of anything worn out beyond mending, stained, ill-fitting or rarely used.
- Part with sentimental clothing items that she’s outgrown and will never wear again.
- Challenge yourself to keep the clothes he likes to wear and get rid of what he doesn’t. My son had two rows clothes in a full sized closet and he routinely wore the same 5 shirts over and over again. He wears the same slippers over and over again. He wears the same two sneakers over and over again. He loves something and sticks with it. There’s no need for more.
Toys, Toys and More Toys
Your child may have toys in his bedroom, playroom, den, but I will address them here. How do you deal with too many toys? You can probably instantly know that your child has too many toys, but not know what to do about it. Rethink toys for your children. If you look at toys, they actually come in different categories:
- artistic – paper, paint, crayons, markers, glue, stickers, cotton balls, playdo
- music – shakers, sticks, tamborines, flutes, guitars, bells, clappers
- reading/speaking – books, magazines, letters, music, songs
- math – numbers, stackers, shapes
- social – dolls, action figures, stuffed animals
- transportation – cars, trains, trucks, planes, boats
- action – trampolines, spinners, climbers, walkers, bikes
- games – fun games, board games, card games, logic games
- sports – balls, bowling, basketball hoop
- acting/scenarios – kitchen, shopping, farmhouse, firehouse, dress up
- building – blocks, legos, marble runs, magna blocks
- science – magnets, rocks, machines, tools, bubbles
- entertaining – anything with flashing lights, music, (this includes “eduational” toys), movies, television
Kids can do well with one or two toys of each category. Openly and engagingly display them. Keep them where they are easy to get to and use. If you have a lot, pick one from each category and store the rest. Rotate toys from each category each week.
You’ll also notice what you overloaded on. Personally, I know I overloaded my son with books. Reading is so important to our family. I have buckets of books for him in each room of the house.
Replace entertaining toys with ones that make your child think and interact to use them. Studies have shown that electronic toys, even ones marketed as educational, do not teach better than simple human interaction with your child. The interaction is what teaches, not the toy.
Declutter the television from a child’s bedrooms. Among other reasons, it will reduce the number of ads they are exposed to and therefore reduce the amount of toys they want. It can interfere with their sleep. It’s linked to childhood obestiy, stunted language development, aggression and lower test scores.
Thoughts That May Stop You
- This could really help my child.
- He’s going to use.
- He may use it.
- He might use it.
- He could use it.
- He may fit into it someday.
- He used to wear it and he was so cute in it.
- I spent a lot of money on this.
- I got it for free.
- My father, mother, or _______ gave this to him. He never used it, but…
- If I let go, I’ll let go of the memory, the feeling and the love.
- He has a miraculous, newfound interest in it. He’s going to use this.
- I’m making do with this instead of buying what will really do the job.
You must confront your thoughts to declutter. If you don’t, you won’t.
Organizing the Kid’s Bedroom
Keep their dresser tops clear, only topped with a few important things. Use containers and caddies to separate things into groups in their drawers. Give every item a home and help your child return it to its home everyday. Having them clean up their clothes and toys helps them appreciate what they have and be grateful.
Display toys roughly one per category in a way the child can actively engage with them. I highly recommend these articles on toy display , toy rotation and toy purchasing. Line them around on a rug. Put the toys within their reach where they want to grab and play with them. Change up the toys weekly and change the containers they are in. Mix it up. Stimulate them. Buy toys they will play with for weeks, months and years to come. And, stop buying what they won’t.
This is the room where your child wakes up and where he goes to sleep. This is the room that nurtures his soul. This is the room where his unconscious marinates while he sleeps. This is his haven. Keep it decluttered and organized to match who he is and the vision for his life. You are growing people. Give them good soil.
Live below your means for a richer life