Declutter Your Home, Declutter Your Life

January is the time of year where sorting through your children’s clothes and deciding what toys to keep should feel the most natural as you prepare to purge and replenish. Out with the old, in with the new! But, children aren’t the only ones who need space to grow. 

Alleviating your home of unnecessary items and learning how to keep your house clean with toddlers and infants can leave you feeling more organized, and more likely to stay on top of things moving forward. Here are some rules for decluttering toys and other gently used baby items that will help keep your household and health in check. 

Feel Less Stressed

Dad decluttering baby gear

Nico, GoodBuy Gear Customer, Preparing For His Pick Up 

Stress levels can rise easily with youngsters around. This is why keeping your home organized and free of any unnecessary mess makes sense. Less clutter, less stress. When deciding how to keep your house clean with toddlers, infants or small kids, make sure to keep your process simple. 

Start in the place where the clutter accumulates the most; usually the bedroom. As you sort, decide what toys to keep and which clothes can be passed along to a younger sibling, kept for another year, or donated. Place outgrown clothes and unused toys that are in good condition in a bag or box labeled for sale. 

 Once you decide what toys to keep, sell, or donate, you will start to feel more organized. When you feel more organized, you feel less stressed. Simple rules for decluttering toys and clothes (such as only keeping seasonal items if you know for sure that you will use them again) will keep you on target. Keeping clothes just because they are brand names isn’t the answer. 

If you’re looking for easy ways to sell gently used baby and kid items, GoodBuy Gear is a great solution. Not only can you make some extra money but you can also help other families at the same time. It’s a win-win! 

Feel More In Control

garage full of baby and kid gear

GoodBuy Gear Customer's Garage Before a Pick Up

Decluttering can also help you feel more in control of your household—especially when you’re privy to cheap ways to organize a child's room. Another way to do this is to keep two laundry baskets outside the bedrooms in the hallway. At bedtime, place dirty clothes to be washed and kept in one, and clothes to be washed and sold in another. When you split up the laundry immediately after they’ve been worn, it’s much easier to keep the loads separate and prepare them for moving on. 

A basket that’s visible near your most trafficked spaces will keep you in control of their outcome. Therefore, the same thing can be done near the living area for toys and the garage for outgrown baby items, such as car seats. Place donations and items to sell in a waiting place ready for pick up 

At the end of the day, decluttering gives you more time to focus on other priorities. Hello self-care! Remember, when figuring out how to keep your house clean with toddlers or small kiddos, it’s important to maintain a calm attitude about what toys to keep and other items. Don’t get overwhelmed. 

Feel Happier Overall

These rules for decluttering toys and other gently used items will add more structure to your life. After all, the act of decluttering doesn’t have to be a chore. When you make sorting a regular part of your day (just as you do when you turn off the TV, fluff the pillows on your coach, or put the dog out before bed) you are more likely to stay organized moving forward. 

Ultimately, staying organized will allow you to have more time to do the things you love. The result? You will be a happier mom because you’ll be more relaxed and at ease with everything (and everyone) around you. 

 

About the Author: Kerrie Lee Brown is a mom of two. Her passion project is running RedLilyLife.com where she helps women share their real-life stories of struggle to strength on her storytelling platform. She also freelances for a number of lifestyle publications and helps aspiring authors write their dream books. 
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