Teaching kids to declutter

the kids made these cute mobiles for “sea creatures” week at pre-schoool – don’t they look cute in the bathroom?

I think it’s very important to instill life skills in my kids so I’ve been teaching them organising skills for over 3 years now.

  • they’ve been packing away their toys since they were about 9 – 10 months
  • they pack away the dishes (really good to teach sorting and categorising skills)
  • they declutter their toys

The decluttering doesn’t always work as well as what I’d like (I have one hoarder and one extremely ruthless declutterer). For example, when I worked with them to go through all the stuffed animals, Kendra wanted to only let go of one thing (out of about 15 or so) and Connor wanted to only keep 3. Yes.

I also made the mistake of saying, “but Connor, so-and-so bought you that one” and then I realised actually, it’s not about me. So I took my photos of said “loved items” and let them go. Very difficult for me, by the way.

Anyway, back to school artwork.

The kids amass a crazy amount of artwork over just a month and to be honest, by March this year, I was already tired of taking photos of it all…. AND I take ONE photo of all 5 “treasures” for the week.

Nevertheless, I do have a great tip.

Buy a plastic container (ours are from a plastics shop and I think I paid about R70 each) with a lid for each child. When the container is full, they (not you) get to choose which they want to keep and which they want to toss.

This teaches them about boundaries, the concept that space is finite and how to make decisions.

They’ve become very good at making decisions because I take the weekly photos, send the child to their bedroom with the artwork and every 2-3 weeks I see some more treasures in the paper recycling pile.

Confession – my kids both tossed the Mothers Day cards (!!!) and I “rescued” them for my own memory box since these were my first, made by them and not done by my husband on behalf of the kids.

Connor was decluttering this weekend so I took a few iphone photos to show you.

half way through his decluttering
proper sorting going on – so proud 🙂
thinking… hmmm, do I love this?
the container
the bin afterwards… and there’s quite a bit squashed in there

I’m very happy with our system so far… but I’m wondering what I’m going to do with all those pics at the end of the year. I certainly have no desire to print them 🙂

What do you do with your kids’ artwork?

PS please remember to leave your organising or time management question here

Organising children’s arts and crafts from school

So while my kids love pre-school, I don’t love all the paper!!!

I have a big diary on our counter where I write down any dates immediately once I get the newsletter. It’s of course a week-at-a-glance diary (my favourite type). And then I happily toss the paper in the recycling bag.

However, the arts and crafts are another story.

I’m not a fan of keeping just anything.

My true preference is to take a pic and toss the “masterpiece”. However both my husband and kids looked horrified when I mentioned this idea. I will say, that was mostly Kendra. Connor is even more ruthless than I am 🙂

So this is my compromise.

I had these boxes (they were tossing them at work) and I just stuck on name labels because I had them. If I hadn’t, I would have just used a normal book label sticker.

With any organising, there is no need to go fancy if you don’t need to.

My policy is to only go nicer if things are going to be out in the open, on display.

The idea is that once these boxes are full, they will go through them and choose their favourites.

I’m thinking of having the kids do a first step though – once I take the pics, I’d like them to choose which ones to keep. Otherwise this box is going to be full after 6 weeks 🙂

I take ONE pic of all the weekly projects because I also have to think of my editing. Why sort through 4 – 5 pics when I can have 1? 🙂

What do you do with your kid (s) masterpieces?

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