Ahhhh just look at that picture – it’s a sight for sore eyes, and essentially my holy grail. If I could have just one room that looked like this in our house I would die a happy mama. Yes, I don’t know about you but I feel like I am forever battling clutter and mess and trying to make space in our home. When it comes to having a clutter free home, I feel like this is something that I am absolutely terrible at – before I know it there our piles in every corner, and no surfaces viewable in sight. So I’ve called on the help of fellow parenting bloggers to share their tips and strategies for a clutter free home which I really need to take on right about now! If like me you’re forever trying to get a handle on the clutter, this one’s for you:
Donate the toys to charity
Once a month I ask my children to donate a toy to give to charity. By passing some on to a good cause it also helps make our storage challenges a little easier! – Real Mum Review
Storage is key!
Have lots of storage boxes, bags and places to hide toys – this has helped us! – Katy Kicker
I’ve been reading the Konmari books and now I’m trying to follow the ‘does it spark you joy’ process. If it doesn’t, it goes to the charity shop or bin. I’ve decluttered about half my house so far since Christmas and it feels amazing. I feel less stressed at home and much happier to spend time here. – Rock and Roll Pussy Cat
Operate a one in one out policy
I’ve recently implemented a new rule in the war against clutter. For every new thing that comes in something else has to leave. We have two boxes now, one for donating on one for reselling which we action at the end of each month. – Adventures in Websterland
Take it with you
The thing that makes the biggest different to the management of our day-to-day clutter is that I try not to leave a room without taking something with me that belongs somewhere else.- Sorry About the Mess
Enforce a “no standing on” rule
We recently started using a new rule, if it gets stood on by my daughter that toy gets put away for the rest of the day. By mid afternoon my living room is nice and tidy! – Odd Socks and Lollipops
Teach the kids to tidy
Consider a playroom
It’s all about decluttering and being space savvy. We’ve just recently gone from believing we NEED to move, to actually not wanting to, and all due to clever storage and a new playroom. – Less Refined Mind
I have found that being organised is essential, and we love our IKEA storage units for that. Use the big draw boxes to store a range of toys such as Duplo in one, and the train set in another. Don’t mix them up. – The Pramshed
Make it one minute
I’m currently trying to follow the 1 minute rule – if it takes under a minute to do, then do it now! It’s easier to stay on top of things as you go than do it later when it’s piled up. – Nomi Palony
I’ve found rotation to be a really good idea. So I store half the toys and child paraphernalia in a large box in the water tight garage and then every month rotate the toys that are out to play with. That way only half is actually out reducing clutter AND its like new toys each month. In the summer half the toys get put in her outdoor summer play house too. – Mummy In a Tutu
Keep the toys in the kids room only
I’m all about minimalism, but I tailor it to fit my family. So we keep toys in my daughters room, she has a set amount of storage that for me, still feels reasonable. If toys get too much or start to overflow the storage she has to get rid of or donate some. – Porridge and Parenting
Declutter when the kids are out
Have a clean out when they’re out of the house. They’ll wail about you chucking a broken felt tip so I find having a tidy out when they aren’t in is the best. Mine have never even noticed afterwards. – Twinderelmo
Curate their school art
Keep a few art pieces on a wall with string and pegs then change them up when they come home with more (we can’t hold on to every masterpiece) for the really special ones box them up in their memory boxes.- Paiges Preferences
Take photos of artwork instead of keeping every single one! – A Mum Reviews
Get a cleaner
We have a housekeeper who comes once a week and pretty much tidied up after us all, she’s like the tidy fairy and worth every penny. – Mandy Charlton Photography Blog
And if all else fails…be out of the house!
I try to spend all day out the house so they don’t get a chance to mess it all up lol! – The Mummy Adventure
So there you have it, some super useful hints and tips on how to have a a clutter free home with kids – or at least less clutter! I’m looking forward to implementing some of these to help with my war against clutter….how about you?
Do you have any tips for keeping a clutter free home with children in the mix that you’d like to share? Do leave a comment if so!
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