As we begin our spring cleaning regimen, it dawned on me that the spaces in the house that seem to need the most time and energy are the kid spaces. We have loft that is devoted for all the kid’s toys, books, crafts, puzzles, games etc. By having this designated space it is nice because we don’t have toys in their bedrooms. This cuts down on a lot of night time battles of them wanting to play instead of sleep. However, when spring cleaning time comes around, it is always a chore to organize and decide what stays and what is ready to go. Here are a few tips to help you tackle your kid spaces.
Tip #1- Gather all the kids toys that have made their way through the entire house. Bring them to one central location (such as a play room or where you normally store all the toys). This way, as you hunt for all the missing pieces to various sets, you have everything already in front of you.
Tip#2- Sort out all the broken items. These are obviously the easy choices when starting the downsizing process of old, broken, and not played with anymore toys. So take the easy start and get rid of these first.
Tip#3- Start sorting all the items that go together. This will allow you to have a better handle on what items are missing, and what does or does not belong in the designated kid space.
Tip#4- This is probably one of the hardest! Determining what stays and what goes. The conventional wisdom is that if it hasn’t been played with in 6-12 months, it is probably time to consider getting rid of it. However as with most things with kids, it can sometimes be hard to get the kids to be willing to part with anything! What I do with my kids is this, I decide what items should be considered to be parted with. Then I let them put in their input into the decision. If they are unwilling to part with most of it or any of it, then I give them the option to “save” a portion of the items (if there are 10 items, I may let them chose 3-4 that they can keep). Even though we don’t get rid of all of them, we at least have taken care of the majority of them. However, I do also let them make a good case if they really want to keep more than the allotted amount. They just have to prove to me why they are not ready to give it up. This also requires them to really think about the items and provide a strong reasoning. Reasoning skills is a great thing to teach children when they are young.
Tip#5- Creating a way to store and keep toys organized throughout the year. This will make it easier to keep up with the messes and missing items that get spread throughout the house so that spring cleaning isn’t such a chore every spring!
I hope this blog is helpful for you in tackling your spring cleaning this year and going forward!
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