You’ll often find new moms are overwhelmed with everything they need on their baby registry. Yes, kids come with lots of stuff, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be organized. In fact, research shows that intentionally limiting the number of toys a child has can have positive effects on their creativity, eating habits and academics.
So this spring, when you crack open your windows and sweep the dust bunnies goodbye, use some of my strategies to get your kids organized along the way.
Keep three bins in their closets: one for items to donate, one for items to sell and one for keepsakes. When the donate or sell bin gets too full (I do this with my stuff too), make a trip to Goodwill or start posting items online for sale.
Before every birthday and Christmas, go through all your toys as a family and pack up a garbage bag or two of unused ones for donation. Talk through the toys and determine which are still important to your kiddos and which ones can be given to families in need.
While my kids are too young to read, that doesn’t mean they can’t help clean up toys. Each set of toys, whether blocks, Legos or animals, have their own clear container with a lid. I take a photo of what’s inside and tape it to the inside of the container so they can see the image through the front. That way when they are all stacked up, the kids can grab which container they want to play with, know what is inside and know which toys go back where.
When I was pregnant with my first child, I knew I wasn’t going to be one of those moms that saved everything my baby wore. It’s never been my prerogative to save things because I’d rather have extra space and extra time than extra stuff. But I knew when he started moving up in onesies that I wanted to keep these memories somehow. So I picked my favorite outfits from his first 12 months and made a quilt out of them and donated the rest. Now we have his cherished baby memories all wrapped up in one adorable quilt.
The artwork that a three-year-old can produce sometimes feels like a printing press at our house. Display your artwork in beautiful frames by Lil’ Davinci. They open from the front, are spring loaded to hold up to 60 sheets each and come in various sizes. We now display our kid’s artwork in their reading nook and can swap it out with ease. When they fill up, you can empty them out and start over.
Pick three of these suggestions and give them a go this spring when you’re knee-deep in cleaning. Implementing and sticking with these organizational strategies will have you feeling free to spend extra time on the things that matter. Remember your home is living space, not storage space.