You’ve Marie Kondo’d the heck out of your kitchen and your bedroom, but have you ever thought of ways to declutter with kids and their ‘stuff’? Yes, it is possible and even encouraged by many! Drown out the chaos of filling your kid’s lives with things and start giving into why less is more.
Twin Cities Kids Club is here to offer encouragement as you navigate through the parental world, tips, and tricks to encourage a well-balanced life for your kids, and lots of fun activities to occupy their time in the area. Join our club today for promotions, discounts, and all-around fun for you and your family.
The age of gimme
It’s easy to fall victim to the notion that your children deserve everything that life has to offer, and why wouldn’t they? Often as parents, the thought is that we would like to provide an experience far more significant than our own as a child. Though the intent may be pure, the outcome may not be as you’d hope.
Our nation is one of the top dogs when it comes to giving in to our child’s whims and wishes. We’ll let you in on a secret, though. That doll they swear they need? They don’t. That car track that they absolutely must have? They’re going to be just fine without it.
It’s an age-old joke of buying the expensive toy for Christmas, but the kid ends up playing with the packaging. It’s not so much the actual item that kid’s pine after. It’s the thought of having something new.
Less is more
By no means are we recommending that you stop acquiring things altogether, there seems to be a higher satisfaction rating when you live life according to quality rather than quantity.
How often do you have to hound your kids to pick up after themselves? It’s pretty easy to spot what kids have been up to as they typically leave a trail of evidence behind. Here’s another mighty trick for you. If there is less stuff, there is less of a chance for a bigger mess.
Sound too simple to be true? It’s not.
Having less “noise” and clutter allows for kid’s minds to zone in on priorities and focus on what truly interests them. By bringing life down to a simpler scale, kids can learn how to place value in how they live instead of what they possess.
Boredom is okay
When we cram our kid’s lives with endless entertainment and the greatest gadgets and goodies, we rob them of the chance to develop their imaginations and the ability to find creative ways to entertain themselves.
Have you ever taken a road trip and the kids in the back seat always ask, ‘Are we there yet?” Imagine that scenario playing out in everyday life over and over and over and over.
It’s okay for kids to have to wait and for them to learn to entertain themselves. It’s okay, good even, for kids to have to develop imagination and be okay with doing nothing. When we give our kids less, we end up giving them more.
Time to declutter
Back to that tornado trail that kids tend to leave behind. Have you ever wondered if it is possible to curb that habit? Is it possible to save your sanity and to eliminate the need to pick up the tiny trail of things left behind continuously?
A home is a sanctuary, not a free-for-all zone for little Susie and Johnny. Sure they’re adorable, and it’s great when they are keeping themselves entertained. But it is often a battle to contain the mess to their room, let alone the rest of the house.
So limit it. Give your kids fewer options to where the toy blocks can be stored and maybe decide that the living room doesn’t need to serve as a second playroom. Start small with the keep, donate, or discard piles, eliminating the obvious discard choices such as broken or the donation-worthy toys that aren’t played with anymore.
From there, you can tackle minimizing like-kind toys. For example, there truly isn’t a need for twelve dolls or one hundred-something race cars. Use the keep, donate, discard method within the groups of toys as a guide.
Experiences as gifts
So your kid’s birthday is rolling around the corner. You’re on board with a more minimalist lifestyle, but what to do for their birthday?!
Consider investing in experiences with your child rather than buying gifts, and encourage relatives to do the same.
Having lunch out with a loved one can be just as enjoyable as getting a new toy. Memories can hold more value for a much more extended period. Take the time to make a bucket list of adventures with your children and challenge yourselves to accomplish more of them instead of dumping your money into toys.
Less to do and more time to be
As you declutter through your kid’s life, I’m sure you’ll find chaos somehow starts to eliminate itself. Out with the old and in with the new routine of living everyday life. One of our favorite aspects of living more simply is that we find that we have more time.
Of course, this is not meant in a literal way, though some days it does feel as if it is.
When you live life more simply, you tend to live life intentionally as well. Intentional living brings much more value and worth than any item ever could.
We challenge you to spend more time taking walks as a family instead of filling your days up with screen time. Bust out the good ole board games rather than catching up on social media. One of our favorites is coloring as a family. It eliminates stress while still proving a great experience together.
Twin Cities Kids Club offers encouragement as well as plenty more ideas for the whole family to enjoy. Check out our website and join the club to access more tips, tricks, and discounts in the area.