One of the world’s most popular and favourite organising consultants, Marie Kondo, says -- “Keep only the things that give you joy.” She has written four books, of which The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has gained popularity.
But tidying up is not easy when you have reluctant little ones in the house. Every time you decide to organise your children’s room and give them advice on reducing clutter, they will go to a new level of ‘messy’, no matter what age. Toddlers love playing with all their toys at once, but then get bored of it, leaving everything on the floor. They move on to kitchen utensils and art supplies and then make a mess of that too. For parents of children of all ages -- be it a toddler, preschooler or a teen -- keeping the house and the children’s room clutter-free can be quite a challenge.
Here are some simple DIYs for decluttering kids' rooms in particular. They are easy to make and help organise the space.
1. KonMari Method of Folding Clothes
No more clothes piled up on the floor or rolled in balls inside the wardrobe. Marie Kondo’s breakthrough Japanese method of decluttering, called KonMari, can come to your rescue. It is simple yet highly effective and keeps all the mess away from your child’s cupboard. Since kid’s clothes are smaller in size so stacking them up can be a bit of a trouble. This method will come handy.
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Once the folding is done, the clothes will have to be arranged inside a chest or a drawer. If you don’t have a chest, the better option is to get cheap plastic boxes to fit in the clothes.
2. Hair-Band and Clip Organiser
What you need:
An old hanger and ribbons of different colours
Step 1 - Wrap the plastic hanger with any ribbon of your choice and glue it on both ends to secure the ribbon (optional)
Step 2 - Take one coloured ribbon at a time and tie one end to the base of the hanger and let the other end loose.
Step 3 - Follow step 2 and repeat the same with the rest of the coloured ribbons, one at a time.
Step 4 - Once this is done, make sure all the ribbons are tied tight enough to hold the weight of the clips and headbands. Fix all your girl’s lovely hair accessories on it.
3. Cardboard box organiser for toys
What you will need:
Cardboard boxes of the same size, scissors, colour papers, white chart paper and marker.
Step 1 - Remove or cut out the lid of the cardboard box.
Step 2 - Cut out long strips with the colour papers (preferably more than 3 colours), of 4 inches in width.
Step 3 - Start from the bottom up and glue each strip one after the other, working your way up to the top.
Step 4 - Cut out a label out of the white sheet and mention what toys are put inside it using the marker. For instance- Soft toys, Lego, Pretend play Kitchen etc.
Step 5 - Repeat the same for the rest of the boxes and neatly keep all the different types of toys in each box.
4. Wooden fruit crate bookshelves
What you need:
A couple of fruit crates, paints and paintbrushes
Step 1 - Clean the crates and paint them in bright colours
Step 2 - Fill neatly with the books and stack them up, one on top of the other.
You could also nail them to the wall like shelves.
5. Patterned cups for writing instruments
What you will need:
1 Disposable thermacol plate, 4 disposable thermacol juice cups, glue, labels, patterned paper.
Step 1 - Wrap each cup with a sheet of patterned paper and secure it with glue.
Step 2 - Once dry, glue the bottom of each cup to the plate.
Step 3 - Label each of the cups with what you are going to keep inside.
Step 4 - As labelled, sort out different stationery items and group them into a desired category and place inside each cup.
These are simple tips and hacks on how to organise some of the regular things in your child’s room. De-cluttering can be difficult sometimes, especially when you have a child, who does not want to part with old things. As parents, talk to your child about the importance of removing clutter and being organised.
The author own Nabeela's Makery and blogs at nabeelasmakerysite.wordpress.com