Is your living room consumed by kids toys and you cannot see where one room ends or begins? I want you to realise, that there is always a reason for clutter and you have to come to terms with it. Getting rid of items is not an easy process, especially around children’s toys and memories associated with these. But you need to get rid of the stuff that does not reflect where you are in life right now. Also stop living in the future and keeping toys, because you might have another baby or your current children may want that toy again. This just causes heartache and stress, for not only yourself, but your entire family.
6. Simplify Your Wardrobe
My suggestion is two tubs per child, is a reasonable limit. By creating clear limits with kids e.g. having a basket or a bucket that they can fill to the top, means they have boundaries around how much they can own and play with. Then there will be no toys on the ground. This will create less clutter and freedom, for the space to be used appropriately and not scattered with unused toys. Children can also feel stressed, with a room of clutter and too many choices. So start creating a toy space that is practical, imaginative and creative.
When you hold your next child’s birthday party, think about doing a swap party. Invite 10 children and ask them to bring a book each from their collection. You will then provide 10 books, from your own collection, that each child can swap with. They end up with a new book to read and your child gets 10 new books to discover. This not only saves the invited parent from buying a present, that may not even be liked, but creates a zero waste life.
Hi, I am Nadine and I am a single parent to 4 amazing children, I have a Bachelor of Business and run my own blog DeclutterwithNadine! I write weekly blogs on living with less, minimising your home and decluttering your life. Even as a single parent to 4 children you can still live an organised, decluttered and minimalist life, as I do and I show you how.
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