Three Tips to Decluttering Your Child’s Room - My Pope Philippines

Three Tips to Decluttering Your Child’s Room

According to best-selling author of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up Marie Kondo, tidying up actually boils down to one principle: Keep what sparks joy. However, for kids, the problem of what to keep arises when practically everything they own seems to bring them the utmost joy!

 

So, what to do? The organizational expert and star of her own Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, shares practical tips on how to teach kids the magic of the KonMari method.

 

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Start them young

 

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Can you believe that children may already start using the KonMari method at three years old? “What a parent can certainly do with children is to make sure that they understand that for each item they own, there should be a place in the room,” Kondo tells realsimple.com. She also advises that grownups help kids understand that items used should be put back in their proper place. This way tidying up after playtime will become a habit that children will stick with as they grow up. As a mother of two, Kondo shares that her two-year old daughter is already developing the habit of tidying up—and even folds her own clothes!

 

 

Designate spaces for toys

 

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Kondo says that your child should have a say when it comes to keeping or getting rid of toys. She suggests deciding with them on a space to keep the toys. “When it comes to children, it can quickly feel like their belongings are overtaking the house,” Kondo said on Instagram. “One tip I share is how having designated spaces for children’s belongings makes parents more aware of how much they need to buy of a certain item. After all, your home is a finite space!”

 

 

Frame them up!

 

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While there’s nothing wrong with keeping every stick figure masterpiece made by your child, it adds to the clutter in your home as time goes by. “Hold each item in your hands, as close to your heart as possible,” Kondo says to theguardian.com. “And then, pay close attention to how your body responds. When something sparks joy, you should feel a little thrill running through your body, as if your body is somehow slowly rising up to meet the item, embracing it even.” She advised that it’s actually okay to toss out artwork—especially if the piece has outlived the joy it brings to you and your child. For drawings and paintings that “spark joy,” you can actually frame and display them in your home!

 

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Text by Yen Cantiga. Photos from Unsplash and Instagram.
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