Many parents don’t realise how much their home environment can impact their child and affect their overall wellbeing. Having a decluttered home can provide a tranquil space for young ones to roam free and grow, which is why it’s important to declutter your rooms as often as possible.
Statistics show that “a clutter-free space contributes to your well-being because you will subconsciously feel like you are providing yourself with a higher level of self-care.” Making organisation and decluttering apart of your weekly clean, it will make it easier to deal with in the long run and stay on top of.
To help you take back control, below is a list of we buy any home’s top 3 ways to help get your home decluttered and organised so you can improve not only your own wellbeing but that of your child too!
1. Declutter your child’s toys
One of the biggest trouble areas that parents find overwhelming to deal with is their children’s toys. Even if your child has outgrown their beloved teddies and games from their younger years, it can be emotional enough to merely think about getting rid of them. However, it is important that you go through and part with toys that your child no longer plays with.
The best thing to do is to grab a box and start to organise the toys into 3 piles:
Toys of no emotional value:
Have a quick run around the house and pop toys in that you know your child hasn’t used in a while and that hold no emotional value. These items can instantly be boxed and donated to a local charity / nursery / school. This way you know that they are going to a good cause and will be loved by other children.
Toys that you are unsure of:
These are items that you’re not sure if your child would miss and you don’t feel comfortable getting rid of them until you have shown them. This part might take longer than the other areas as your child might start a short-livid emotional attachment, but this is a great time to encourage them to think and see if they can re-home their toys to others. For example, do they have young family members that they could re-gift their toys to instead? Maybe re-gift them to close friend’s children?
The items that your child does want to keep, encourage them to find a special place to put them away so that they get in the habit of organising their toys.
Special keepsake toys:
Remember the first teddy that you bought whilst you anticipated their arrival? Or the handmade blanket that their grandparent lovingly knitted? Or the first football that their grandpa got when they started running around? These are items that might be hard for you to part with, but you don’t have to! If they are special and in good enough condition, then get a keepsake box and store all these items ready for when your child is old enough to appreciate them again.
Creating an organised space for your child is a great way for them to appreciate what they have, keep their space tidy, and help others by donating their unused toys to a good home!
2. Create a Zen bedroom for you
When becoming a parent, you spend so much time putting your child first that you often forget how important it is to take care of yourself. Decluttering your bedroom will boost your mood as you get rid of all the unnecessary items, leaving room to organise everything that you want to keep, creating a zen space just for you!
If possible, make it a child-free zone so that you don’t have to worry about it becoming messy and keep a relaxing space for you to come back to.
Having an organised and calming area to sleep in at the end of a long and tiring day can make all the difference. You’ll feel more relaxed which will help you fall asleep quicker, assuring you get a much-needed rest ahead of the next day, running around after the kids!
3. Organise the kitchen
Ensuring that your child has a dedicated eating area, ideally in the kitchen, will hopefully help them differentiate between eating and play time. Children are known to get distracted easily, especially if they are eating in front of their toys or watching tv. The best thing to do is eat at the same time as your child, if possible, or at least eat something small so that they can replicate you eating.
Try to keep toys away from the kitchen area and the table clutter-free to ensure that there is a dedicate space for them to focus on eating. Mealtimes can be one of the hardest times for parents to deal with so this should help make it easier. It will create a routine for your child to sit in the kitchen and know that this is time to eat and not get distracted by toys etc.
We hope these tips can really help you declutter the key areas in your home and not only improve your wellbeing but that of your child. You might not be able to get it all done straightaway but decluttering will really have a positive effect on the wellbeing of you and your child.
Disclosure: this is a collaborative post