I think that any parent would agree that kids create clutter! Toys, Gear, Equipment ... Yes it's EVERYWHERE!
But the truth is, it's possible to reclaim your home from your tiny little humans (and get back your piece of mind)!
Let me first state the obvious: any life that includes children is going to cause your home to have a slight degree of chaos. You’ll never get an absolute simplistic environment with kids, and I’ve personally learned to accept that. However, I have found some easy ways to de-clutter my home in order to make it manageable for my minimalistic-craving self.
Here are my simple tips that I use to simplify my home with my two kiddos:
- Identify the important: The first step in de-cluttering is identifying which toys and other possessions are truly important to the kids. Is this toy still increasing their developmental skills or is it no longer needed? Are the kids even using this particular gear anymore or have they out-grown it? The key is, if it's no longer serving a purpose for your family, get rid of it!
- Purge, Purge & Then Purge Some More: Every few months, I go through my playroom, the kids rooms and the closets/garage and decide if the kids are still benefiting from their gear and toys. I take everything out, play a game with my son and organize what stays and what goes. From the pile we create, we keep only the stuff that we are urgently using and need right now.
As I mentioned beforehand, kids do require toys & gear and there are times in each child's developmental stages when certain things are a necessity. I for one, couldn't live without my infant carrier when my daughter was 0-6 months. However, once she by-passed 6 months I found that my gently used (almost brand new!) Bjorn carrier was sitting at the back of the closet collecting dust. So tragic! And THAT is why it is so important to take the time to de-clutter your home.