Spring may still be a few weeks away but it’s never too early to start preparing your home for a big spring clean.
One way to do that is to get everything organised. Declutter and tidy up. This can be a big job, particularly if you have kids.
It’s easy to let our children’s toys and supplies get out of hand, but it may be beneficial to have a clear out once in a while, and here’s how you can do that and get the kids involved, too.
Step 1 – Give Everything A Home
If your child’s room looks like they’ve turned every box upside down looking for their favourite crayon, it’s probably because they have.
Ensure you have plenty of storage available and encourage your child to keep the boxes organised into categories.
Separate the train tracks from the dolls, the colouring pencils from the lego.
If everything has a place it won’t be such a daunting task to tidy up at the end of the day and your child will be able to find their favourite toy without causing chaos in the first place.
Step 2 – The Secret Purge
On Christmas and birthday, kids are often spoilt with new toys. While it’s lovely to see their delighted face, it’s a logistical nightmare fitting those new toys into their bedroom. Over the years they accumulate a lot of stuff.
If things are getting a little crowded, try sneaking a few old toys out each day. Hide them in a bin bag, away from the eyes of your sentimental child. If they don’t notice the item is gone, or don’t seem worried by its absence maybe it’s time for a trip to the charity shop.
Of course, if this feels a little too sneaky to you, you could try getting them involved.
Children have a habit of hoarding everything they’ve ever owned but if you talk to them about the situation they may just be mature enough to let go of some of their prized possessions. Explain that the toy will go to a child who doesn’t have any of their own and get them involved in the process of donating.
Step 3 – Get Them To Help
Children are more capable than most of us give them credit for.
Given small, simple tasks from as young as 3 or 4 can be really beneficial to their development … and in time, you.
While laying placemats and wiping the table may not be a huge help to you now, it instills a sense of pride and responsibility. It’s a good idea to teach these morals early, particularly at that age where children want to do everything you do anyway.
In time, this will encourage them to take charge of their own chores, take on more responsibility in the home and understand that helping out can be rewarding.
A few little tips:
- Encourage teamwork – everyone is working together towards a common goal
- Give them plenty of praise – Positive words and a high fives are free to give
- Never criticise – find a way to help them improve without being negative
- Be patient and don’t expect perfection – they’ll be slow and they won’t do as good a job as you. Keep your expectations low and you’ll be grateful they made the effort at all.