Stressed by the mess in your child’s room? Don’t battle – reduce! Easy as 1, 2, 3…
1. Clothes – Reduce the number of clothes your child is directly responsible for. One laundry basket full + one nicer outfit? Remove the rest from the immediate environment and store. What remains is a little over a week’s worth of clothes and underwear that fit better in drawers and closets with all that extra room!
2. Toys – Reduce the number of toys your child is directly responsible for. While sorting, look for categories that have open-ended uses and are developmentally appropriate. An eight year-old girl example: One bin of dress-up clothes + one bin of dolls and accessories + one bin of books. The rest should find a home OUTSIDE of the bedroom.
3. Maintenance – Store and label the remaining toys and clothes. After a month or so, make time to “go shopping” through the stored items. Rotate clothes. Select different toys, as needed. Things seems fresher when they have been out-of-sight.
Now when your child has clean clothes to put away, dirty laundry to pick-up off the floor, and/or toys to wrangle it is all more manageable! Give it a try!
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