Organizing and purging things is currently all the rage, motivating many households to take a minimalist approach and get rid of old items that no longer serve them. While the kitchen and hallway closet are typically the first targets, chances are your kids’ bedrooms are likely filled with things they no longer need.
When embarking on a decluttering spree, work with your kids to sort their belongings into three piles: keep, donate and toss. Empower them to make decisions regarding which items they love, which they’ve outgrown and which they no longer use.
Must-haves for a tidy bedroom:
- Under-the-bed storage solutions. Look for bed frames with built-in drawers or storage bins that can be stored under a bed frame in order to maximize storage space. Use them to store out-of-season clothing, toys, books and mementos.
- Wicker or wire baskets. Storage baskets are a simple way to group likeminded items in your children’s rooms – think toys, books and stuffed animals. All their favourite items are accessible during playtime and can be easily picked up and put away when they are done.
- Humidifiers. Don’t forget to keep the air your kids breathe clean and germ-free. Leaving a humidifier running at night and during cooler months can help keep your family breathing comfortably year-round. A Vicks filter-free cool mist humidifier kept on a night table will help your little ones sleep through the night and does not require a filter change.
Items to toss:
- Books outside their age range. Your kids will always have their favourite bedtime stories, but chances are they’ve outgrown stories from years past. Have your child pick out books they no longer read and donate them to a local library or children’s charity.
- Clothing that no longer fits. Kids outgrow their clothes all too quickly. Declutter their rooms by routinely donating clothes that no longer fit them to a local charity or thrift store. Toss anything stained or overly worn.
- Toys they no longer use. Donate old toys to a local children’s charity, or gift them to a friend or family member who has younger children.