When we talk about sleep, we often talk about setting up your sleep environment for positive sleep. Things like reducing light and noise are top on our list – but so is clutter. A cluttered space can make you feel restless and anxious. You can’t find things, you trip on things getting into bed – it’s no fun. It isn’t fun for our kids either.
I realize now that a lot of kids are hoarders. They don’t want you to throw out the spinning top that they got from Chuck E Cheese or the box from the Lego in case we need to look at that photo again…. So how can you help them stay organized – and get great sleep? I turned to Judy Rickey, a professional organizer for some help!
Declutter Your Kid’s Room:
Children’s rooms should be used for sleeping, getting dressed, comfort (safe place when they need down time) and reading. As such, a basket or shelf with books that can be interchanged with the books found in the main area of the house is a great idea. Once they (or you, as face it, I’m sure you all have books that you would be happy to lose) are tired of these books, then rotate or donate.
I always recommend keeping plastic toys out of the bedroom. They either end up being stepped on or lied on and neither one of those is a pleasant feeling. They are also a distraction unless it is a shelf display such as Lego creations or fairies which have a specific home.
Stuffed animals are wonderful for children but there is such a thing as too many. Also, if your child suffers from allergies make sure they are regularly aired out or washed -the stuffies, not your children :). One great way to store small animals is by using a shoe organizer on the back of a door.
You could use a basket for storing the larger ones and keep them limited to what can fit in the basket.
Closets, when used properly can hold a whole lot of items:
Using a double hanging rack with a top shelf and perhaps shelving up one side is the ideal space. The shelves can hold baskets to store underwear, socks, bathing suits, shoes etc… The bottom rack can be for clothes that you want your child to easily reach (his/her favourites) The top rack could be for clothes out of season or too large or for special occasions. The top shelf of the closet is a great place to store their memory box or special collections they don’t play with a lot but want to keep (rocks, rainbow loom, seashells etc..). It is a good idea to keep a large clear bag in the bottom of the closet of clothes that you would like to donate. If you are having more children then keeping a tote in the bottom and adding clothes that no longer fit but are still in great condition is beneficial. Once the tote is filled, then label it with the sizes you have put in (and what age your child wore them as children come in many different sizes -my girls were both born and needed 3-6 month clothing).
If you have only a small closet this is a great way to set it up
Laundry baskets and garbage cans are also very useful in kids bedrooms.
Pinterest is great for inspirational ideas. Just remember that kids do not need the moon and the stars and giving them too much can actually stifle their ability to make believe and play on their own. Let them have a room that has space to move, a place to cuddle and read and to call their own.
Judy Rickey is a Professional Organizer and the owner of Clutter Relief Services since 2010(www.clutterrelief.ca) Her and her team can help your family get organized when you start feeling overwhelmed. With a hands on, compassionate, friendly and efficient approach, Judy can help to reclaim your space and make decisions you have been putting off for years.
She can also help your aging parents with downsizing assistance when you just don’t have the time or energy or with a loved one’s estate so that you can keep what is really important and find the strength to move on.
Judy currently serves Halton and Hamilton regions but can travel, contact her directly for more details.
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