Our 28-day home-organising plan will deliver one quick and easy task each day during the month of February for you to tackle. Day by day, room by room, we’ll help you sort your spaces
Clutter-Free Feb – Day 17
Declutter kids’ rooms
Today we’re going to focus on decluttering kids’ rooms and tomorrow we’ll help you to reorganise them. If you don’t have any kiddos in your house it could be a good time to work on your spare room instead. Kids’ rooms need decluttering on a regular basis as their needs, wants and tastes are constantly changing as they grow. Items can build up so easily here – and the same can be said for a spare room, which can fast turn into a dumping ground. The more often you declutter these spaces, the easier they are to maintain, advises organising expert Natalie from BeOrganised. As usual, set up your banana boxes, rubbish bags and cleaning gear, and make sure you have room to sort. For a kid’s room, it is up to you if you want to involve your child in the process, but it is important to have them on board when reorganising the space as it needs to make sense to them.
The best way to declutter is by category: games, toys, books, clothes, shoes, bags, creative stuff, etc. Choose an easy category to begin with (one you’re not too attached to) and gather all those items together; make sure to look through the house for any strays. Now consider each object and ask yourself, ‘Have they outgrown that game/toy/book/dress?’ (In the case of a spare room, ask yourself whether items are loved and used and whether the spare room is the best place for it.) Reject any items that are broken or have missing parts. Your banana boxes are useful for ‘charity’ and ‘relocate’ items, and hand-me-downs for younger siblings. Also use the boxes to temporarily hold the ‘keep’ items by category as much as you can. Put anything with sentimental value in a box, too. Relocate the ‘relocate’ items, pop the ‘charity’ items aside, and put out the recycling and rubbish. Stack your ‘keep’ items neatly – we’ll reorganise them tomorrow.
- Declutter kids’ rooms on a regular basis – seasonally is ideal.
- Move on any items they no longer play with, use or fit.
- Get rid of items that are broken or have missing parts.
- Store sentimental items in a box.