Now I’m sure the very thought of it fills you with dread, tidying up with the children around seems like an impossible task right? But with them at home more than usual at the moment your chances to have that long overdue declutter ready for a move are slimmer than ever. This blog is going to show you how to het the little ones involved in decluttering and how to make it (almost) painfree.
Why should we declutter?
Clutter is overwhelming. Studies have been done that clutter can even lead to depression. It’s also been found to have a negative effect on our mood and the feelings surrounding the state of our homes. It doesn’t matter if you are preparing for a move or just looking to spruce up your home a little decluttering is only ever a good thing. The biggest bonus for us is that it’s time-saving – you know where things are so you won’t waste time looking for that one pair of socks or kitchen tool.
So before you get started here are some things to consider:
- the age of your child(ren)
- the number of children you have
- how much decluttering needs to be done
- your child(ren)’s attention span(s)
- work schedule (at home, out of the home)
Tips for decluttering with babies
We all know that nap time is a great time for getting things done but if you have a little, little one, take care of that baby and rest when you can. Focus on smaller decluttering projects you can do when they are content in the baby swing, carrier, or bouncer. Sort through photos, declutter clothing, drawers, cabinets, etc. Tackling an entire room might be a little daunting especially if you’re interrupted mid-project.
Tips for decluttering with toddlers
If you’re up for it, use nap time and early bed times for decluttering. If you’re upending an entire space, focused time where little hands aren’t there to get into small objects is key. If you want to tackle some decluttering while they’re up, get them occupied with something that holds their attention and work in 15-minute windows then spend some time with them. Setting timers really helps as it gives them something to work towards rather than having them ask you how much longer every few minutes.
Tips for involving older children
If you declutter regularly your kids most likely won’t be phased but if you have a lot of decluttering to do you probably need to do a little bit while they’re around. Getting them involved is not only helpful for you but it’s good for them too. If you can get little ones involved they are more likely to not be getting into stuff and dumping out that toy box you just went through.
How to teach children how to decluttter
Involve them in decluttering their stuff too. If there are toys that they’ve outgrown or don’t play with, suggest packing them up for a younger sibling or donating to a local charity. Try to make things into a game, get them to see how fast they can tidy up a bookshelf or sort their lego out.