Any parent knows that kids create clutter like nobody’s business.
Believe it or not, it is possible to have a simple, uncluttered home as well as peace of mind. If you're anything like me, clutter drives me bonkers, I feel like I can't concentrate, and it sometimes puts me in an unwelcome mood. Through out the years, I have found that the best way to remain zen is to maintain order and simplicity in my home. You must be thinking, "Zen and simplicity with kids running around? Yeah, right!" and trust me, I had the same reaction.
I am going to share some awesome tips that will help you on the journey of finding your way into removing clutter and keeping it that way. Remember, don't be hard on yourself if it isn't perfect the first try, each home is it's own beautiful messy world – but it's doable! Take it hour by hour and day by day.
Tip 1. What's important?
Are your child's close from 3 years ago still in the closet? It may be time to either donate them or box them up and put them somewhere that is easily accessible, just in case the time comes that you need them. The same goes for any other area of the home, dig through those cupboards and drawers and make decisions. If you can't decide within 5 sec, you don't need it.
Tip 2. Leave Space
Don't be afraid to leave space in drawers or anywhere around your home – not every square inch needs something. It helps reduce clutter and alleviates stress (and it looks nice)!
Tip 3. Designated Spaces/Cubbies
As hard as this may sound, keep all of the kids toys in their room. Leave the kitchen, dining room, and living room for living items only. You can also try having a play mat somewhere in your communal space for the kiddos to play.
Each child should have their own cubby for their own toys. This helps keep everything contained and in one place. It also helps reduce the chance of a war over who the toy belongs to.
Tip 4. One place for school papers
You can either have separate racks/folders or set up a filing system where all of their school papers can be found. It'll make it easier in the long run for both child and parent to locate their work without hassle.
Tip 5. Teach them to clean
Cleaning is one of the first ways to teach your child about responsibility. Make it fun by singing a song or competing to see who can clean their toys up first. You'll be surprised by how fast their toys will be back in order.