With three kids it is so easy for their rooms to accumulate too much stuff, especially with us having just downsized and the girls now sharing a room. If your kids are like mine then I know that the thought of starting to declutter their rooms can be overwhelming. Over the years I have created a system that seems to work pretty well. (I have included links to some great products that I have bought on my own and we love. You can buy them as well through my online sales links)For me with three kids it is so easy for their rooms to accumulate too much stuff, making it hard to Declutter Kids Rooms. And if your kids are like mine then I know that the thought of starting to declutter their rooms can be overwhelming. With my system, I do their rooms with zones in the room and create boxes/containers for Trash, donation items, and pass along. As you go through the different zones be sure to put things away into other zones correctly. I’m recreating these zones as I finish the process of unpacking the girl’s rooms and getting them settled in together. Another plus: it’s a great way to start out the New Year with a fresh clean slate!
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Easy Tips To Declutter Kids Rooms:
Closet Zone– I start here because then it’s a part of the room that is done when I start to find things that belong in it throughout the room. Pull everything out of the closet. Everything: hanging clothes, toys, shoes, etc. Start to sort it out into the containers or put away properly. I take this time to pull out clothes they have over grown or if it has been a couple months since I turned their hangers backwards they have to go! (See my post -> here) Take time to organize as you put the closet back together and make a list of what the kids may need for clothing.
Bed Zone- Take the time to strip the bed and wash the bedding as well as the curtains. Then pull everything out from under the bed, or between the mattress and the wall. If you have under the bed storage take the time to clean them out and sort through the contents.
Dresser Zone– Perfect for right before the bed zone since you will wash the bedding anyhow. Dump all the drawers and clear the top off. Be sure to sort through everything and also make sure that you make a list of what you may need for the kids wardrobe.
Desk Zone– Dump everything out on the floor and clear off the top of the desk as well. My kids love to hold onto almost every piece of paper from school that they get. I also try to grab a container to put their important papers in so they get saved instead of just trashed.
Bookshelf Zone– This is super easy to do mainly its rotating their books around or actually putting them on the shelf properly. I also take the time to make sure that the reading material is age appropriate. I like to make sure that they are challenging themselves along with what they are reading at school.
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Toy Shelves and Toy Bins– This is the downright scary part of my kid’s bedrooms! I always dump them out one at a time. I try to start with the one still most grouped with its like toys and go from there. As I sort out the bin I make a pile of other bins and contribute to the trash/donation/pass along piles. This is the most time consuming and then I try to label what I can to help the kids stay on top of the organization.
We tend to try to do this hardcore cleaning/organizing a couple times a year. Right before birthdays, at Christmas time and during the school breaks. This really helps us stay on top of their rooms. Having the kids help can also help them have a sense of pride in their bedrooms as well. If they feel like they play a role in their own rooms they will be more likely to work hard to keep them clean and organized on their own!
How often do you Declutter Kids Rooms? Any tips to share?