5 Real Life Tips to Control Kid Clutter

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No matter how much decluttering, cleaning, or organizing we do, it seems like our children’s bedrooms are always a mess! We’ve been working on keeping our home decluttered using a 30-day rotation, but their bedrooms seem to be a whole other matter. Whether it’s their bedroom or playroom, it seems like no matter how many times we tidy their rooms they just get messy again.

There are a lot of great tips out there that promise to help you get your children’s space organized and free of clutter. But the reality is that these very rarely work in a real-life scenario. And believe me…I’ve tried just about all of them!

Do you have a hard time controlling the clutter in your kids' bedrooms? Here are 5 practical and easy to implement ways to help control the clutter! #clutter #declutter #kids #parents #homemaking

With six kids we have our fair share of clutter. It’s almost inevitable. They have clothes, shoes, accessories, bedding and of course, toys. Its enough with one child, let alone six. However, we have learned a few things in our years as parents. So I put together a list of 5 real-life tips to (hopefully) help control kid clutter.

Get your kids involved in the process

No matter how young your children are, they can help you sort their old toys, pick up, and even help clean up their space. They may not be able to do it all themselves, but they can still be involved. If you want to help control your children’s clutter, you need to get them involved in the process and make them understand that possessions should not be an infinite thing.

“Un-stuff” their space

If you are having a clutter problem in your child’s space, it might be because they have too much stuff. Start by doing a really deep declutter of their toys and possessions to find out if they have too much stuff. You’ll probably find a lot of things they are no longer using, and that you no longer need to keep.

Implement a rotation

If your children are always sick of playing with their new toys, consider implementing a toy rotation. This will limit the number of toys that can be out at any given time and put harsh limits on bulky supplies. Put them in a bin to be stored for later, and switch them out every month or as often as you’d like.

Create toy free zones throughout the house

If your children have a dedicated play area, keep the toys there. If you contain your children’s stuff to the areas they belong, they tend to stay there. No clothes outside of the bedroom, unless they’re wearing it of course, and no toys outside of the playroom. This will allow things to stay in the room they belong in. You can even implement bins near the doors of each room for stray supplies or toys to be dropped until they are ready to be put away.

Go for functional over beautiful

Pinterest has so many wonderful organization projects with complex systems that promise a clean and clutter-free space. In reality, these end up being extremely difficult to maintain, or might not even work for your family. When choosing an organization method for your family, go for function over beauty. If it works for your family, it doesn’t have to look beautiful. If it works, that’s what will keep the clutter under control.

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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet all her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating fun and engaging printables, unit studies and curriculum for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about marriage, parenting, and homeschooling all while maintaining her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers, where she shares free printables and resources from around the web as well as deals on curriculum and homeschooling resources. You can also keep up with her via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
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