Monday, May 5, 2014

Cleaning your child's room

If you're like me, there are way too many toys in your children's bedrooms.  I've done a great job pairing this down some, cleaning out the classroom and just getting rid of clutter but I've got a long way to go in the kids' rooms.  I joined a Facebook group called 40 Bags in 40 Days and someone posted about this very problem this morning.  Another member posted a link that I think is WONDERFUL!  I thought I'd share with you.

I will mention that it talks about limiting how much you spend on toys, we already do this!  We buy one thing for birthdays and only 2-3 for Christmas.  The problem is that 2 kids have December birthdays, 1 has a February birthday and the other has a March birthday.  There's no middle of the year clean and replace for us.  It all comes in at once!  Grandparents in an effort to make up for what they feel we are depriving our children of, buy lots of toys for gifts.  Some are cheap things that get broken pretty fast.  These used to bug me because they would upset my children.  Now I kinda like these because they get thrown away faster and my kids have started to recognize quality and understand when they break.  My parents were divorced so we have 3 sets of parents to visit for Christmas.  Two of our kids are foster children so they have their own families buying them gifts as well.  It's all too much!  Grandparents don't listen either!  Oh, and don't forget the trip to my own grandparents Christmas where my 6 aunts and uncles all give the kids a little something just so that they have something to open.  It's all clutter!  We don't need it!  The kids recognize that it's too much but they still want to hang on to the toys for a little while.

Anyways, we're about to go declutter their room for the 3rd time since Christmas.  We aren't adding anything to it, we're removing each time.  Some things are going put away to rotate, some are getting donated.  Their room is still getting messy!!!!  I don't know the answer and I don't have a cure-all solution.  I do like the tips offered in this article though.  Read it for yourself and see what you think!

http://www.becomingminimalist.com/a-parents-tip-sheet-for-owning-fewer-toys/

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