Hello lovely friends and readers! We are kicking off a two week long series of guest bloggers here at the Blooming Hydrangea and here to start us off is Becky from Organizing Made Fun. I enjoy following Becky on her blog, fb and also her pinterest page! She has great organizing ideas for around the house and so much more. Today Becky is going to share with us how she gets her children involved in the organizingand purging of toys in their bedrooms. Who wouldn’t love to hear how to get kids to help with this! Enjoy!!!
I have a very fun, unique blog that will not only motivate you learn to organize your home but I focus on getting your life organized, scheduled, and in shape – including my own organized weight loss, organizing finances, and I share about being hospitable to others. I’m also a mom to a 12 year old autistic son, who is amazing!
- special papers
- activity books
- train books and papers
When the box gets full, he has to get rid of stuff. We go through those about every three or four months and regularly purge those – schools send home WAY too much paper!
- Go through your kids stuff on a regular basis – at least pick through it every few months.
- With kids, give them limits (i.e., my kids have trinket boxes and can keep no more than 20 – same for stuffed animals, but they only get to keep five because they are the most useless things ever)
- Start them YOUNG – I have been doing this with them since they were about 2 years old making THEM go through it
- Don’t let them get distracted, stay close by and get them on to the next thing because it’s easy for them to start playing with the stuff they forgot they had
- If they choose to get rid something, don’t discourage them even if you think it’s valuable or something that surprises you. It’s THEIR stuff and if they want to give it away (perhaps you can make a family heirloom exception) – for goodness sake, let them!
- Same thing for them: One in, one out! If they have a big birthday part with 20 gifts, then make them give away 20 toys of similar size! Or, have smaller parties
- I have one kid who gets VERY sentimental and attached to so much. But we’re working on realizing that when you have 30 VERY important things, you only get to keep FIVE that are the most important and the rest get tossed or donated.
- Schedule for a charity truck to pick up the kids stuff a few days after you plan on going through it. Vietnam Veterans of America is my favorite one since they pick up AND you can schedule it online. Also, more valuable things put on your local freecycler. CBC Recycle Group is my church’s group and if you don’t have one, look for one in your city/area. We gave away six or seven of the nicer things to the group – and they went FAST!
- Label, label, label – if they can’t read, make labels with pictures of what is inside. This will teach them to read the word AND know what it’s inside – no excuses! I take pictures of the contents, then print on paper and cover with clear tape. Then, (see above picture with Rachel close up) I attached the picture with the label of what it is to the basket using Cable ties. Get a big bunch of those and you’ll use them for everything!
Thank you Becky! I hope you will go visit Becky and give her some bloggy love! Next week we will have three guest posts that you will want to come back and check out!