Decluttering, with kids
I’ve been doing my annual January declutter lately. The boys and I spent a couple hours one day digging out their long low attic closet in which still resided treasures from Eldest’s childhood. We bagged up what she’d want to sort herself, threw away lots of things we knew no one would want, and found a few treasures I’d been wondering about, including a down blanket we’d been missing for awhile. In the farthest recesses of the attic space, we even found a whole Rubbermaid bin of Christmas decor that hadn’t seen the light of day for at least five years.
Although January is typically when I get the declutter bug, I try to chip away at it all year long as well. An idea I read recently on Becoming Minimalist has proven to be an easy way to assign bedroom-decluttering to my kids.
Here’s the assignment:
- Throw away 12 things
- Put away 12 things
- Give away 12 things
The list is short enough to accomplish in half an hour or less. And giving a child that same assignment several days in a row can make serious inroads on the mess before I even have to walk into the room. Which, depending on how many Legos and Barbie shoes are strewn around, could be a very good thing indeed.