Sunday, 20 November 2016
Top Tips To Declutter Your Child's Bedroom
If you're considering decluttering your child’s bedroom, you will know it’s not as simple as tidying up a messy room. Decluttering takes time, and although it may take longer if you include your child in the process, the benefits will definitely outweigh any added time and inconvenience. I've managed to get some tips from bedroom furniture experts at Children’s Bed Shop so thought I'd share them with you!
Decluttering your child’s bedroom will teach them the principles of organisation. Not only will you be setting a good example to your child for the future, but by making this a learning experience, you will teach them about the value of items and the importance of being organised.
Make sure you explain the process you are about to undertake to your child before you begin. Children are far more likely to be cooperative and helpful if they fully understand what is expected of them and why.
Start with a large bin bag, or a box for items that should live elsewhere in the house and a box for items you’re getting rid of.
Bin any broken toys or toys with missing parts. Children will undoubtedly argue that broken toys do not necessarily have to be thrown away. Action figures with missing heads may feature in their intergalactic battles. The advice is to be firm yet reasonable. If the broken toy is safe and is played with often, keep it. Remember to choose your battles and let your child win some too.
Lay down the guidelines at the start for how to determine which toys to get rid of. Discuss with them reasons for doing so, such as freeing up more space in their room to play, reducing clutter or donating to those less fortunate via a charity or a children’s hospital. Children can be very compassionate, so explaining about charity and who may benefit from their donation may see your child much more willing to say goodbye to their things.
Decide with your child what should stay and what should go. Children under the age of eight are more likely to find these decisions difficult, as they show a tendency towards possessiveness and have immature reasoning skills. This combination can make the task an overwhelming one for them (and you), so help them identify the toys that they really don’t play with anymore and won’t miss.
Get your child to try their clothes on, and if they no longer fit, get rid of them. If the clothes are ripped, have holes or are worn out bin them, but consider taking clothes that are in good condition to a recycling clothes bank. If your child does not like an item of clothing and therefore refuses to wear it, get rid of it.
Be prepared for multiple distractions. Asking children to sort through toys is a minefield, as the temptation to play is just too strong for most. Getting annoyed by this is counter-productive. Remember, if the task in hand is causing a rift between yourselves, it is probably time to stop and re-evaluate what you are trying to achieve.
Clean as You Go
Toys may not have been cleaned for a long time, if ever. Use this time to sanitize the toys as you go along. Kids may enjoy this task if you provide a bowl of water and washing-up liquid or even a pack of disinfectant wipes to clean toys.
Find Toys a Home
Finding a new home for all the toys is essential to the decluttering process. Having adequate storage in a child’s bedroom is a must for keeping a neat and tidy space - even if it isn’t like that all the time. Having a bed with storage space underneath is the perfect solution. Instead of stuffing items under the bed, they can be placed neatly into storage drawers or shelves. This is a great place to keep clothing as well as toys and games and Julian Bowen children's beds are an ideal choice for this type of storage.
The biggest benefit from decluttering your child’s bedroom is the renewed interest your child will gain from rediscovering their toys once again. If you’re worried about too much screen time, decluttering sessions can lead to countless hours of constructive and positive play time once more.
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