Digging Out From Your Kids' Clutter
by Shari Campagna of Organize Simply
With the holidays (and presents!) quickly approaching, and the kids back in school, now is the perfect time to tackle the kids’ toys! Whether the stuffed animals and Legos are overtaking their bedrooms, the playroom, or even your living room, chances are they have more than they actually need or use. Here is a step-by-step process to help you clear the clutter:
Step 1: PURGE
• Purging is the most important step!
• Before you organize what you have, you MUST go through and get rid of items first
• Start in one corner and work your way around the room or area
• Discard what you can (if it’s broken)
• Donate items and claim the tax deduction
• Sell items (consignment shops, resale events, garage sales, Facebook sites, Craigslist)
Step 2: SORT
• Put similar items together (for example, dolls, balls, cars, Legos, etc.)
• Lets you see how many of each item you have; this may facilitate even more purging
• Once you have all of the similar items together, you have an idea of the type and size of storage you’ll need (i.e. baskets, shelves, bins, cubbies)
• Don’t buy storage containers until you figure out what you’re putting in them (size, quantity), and whether you have something available that you can use
• After you’ve sorted, you can buy, build, or find in your home the appropriate storage solution (See included photos)
Step 3: ORGANIZE
• Everything should have a “home”- if not it will end up as clutter!
• You don’t have to use the packaging that things come in (i.e. puzzles, games)
• Instead of storing puzzles in the boxes they come in, which would take up a lot of space, store them in a plastic bag along with the picture from the box...then you can keep them all in a plastic container. This will save a ton of space!
• Use vertical space! Walls are often an unused storage opportunity, and shelves or cubbies are a great way to maximize your storage space
Now that you’ve cleared out space, there will be room for those new toys they’ll get during the holidays!
Shari Campagna, Organize Simply