All this clutter!

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Registered: 04-08-2008
All this clutter!
Thu, 04-24-2014 - 10:59am

Hi everyone - I'm a SAHM for the time being. Our house is on the small side and I'm becoming overun with toys and clothes and general kid clutter, however, I don't want to toss the stuff because we are a one income family. How would you guys handle it? Do you have a playroom or just a room you dedicate to toys/family stuff? Or do you allow stuff all over? 

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Sat, 04-26-2014 - 12:29am

The smaller the space, the more important it is to be organized.  IKEA has a series of vids on You Tube entitled "Small Spaces", with ideas on how to corral clutter, make rooms do double duty, and how to live "large" in small spaces. 

And BTW,  I never allowed stuff to be "all over".  When my kids were young, I allowed them to keep their rooms as they wished -within reason- but stuff that crawled out into the rest of the house had to be picked up every night, or it went away.  I did a load of laundry every day.  It went into the washer as soon as I fell out of bed, and into the dryer an hour later.  When I came home at night, it came out of the dryer, and everyone got their stuff to put away.  The family room and the kitchen were, and still are, always cleaned before I go to bed.  I daycare my 2yo granddaughter.  Even at her age, she understand that the toys must be picked up, and about an hour before her mom comes to get her, we put everything away, together.  Crayons go in a tupperware tub, and the tub and paper goes in the closet.  She crawls around and collects all her blocks, and they go in a tub.  She has a bookcase, and a couple big baskets that are easy for her to  use, and that make it easy for her to find her toys the next day.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 05-28-2014 - 4:14pm
Kind of late on this, I second Sabr's suggestion on the ikea bins and keeping dedicated places for toys. Are you wanting to hang on to stuff because you will be having more? One big suggestion is rotating toys, go through and make a few different piles, art supplies (consumables), toys they play with ALL the time and will notice are gone, and a pile of stuff they occassionally do and won't necessarily miss if they are gone for a while. You can put the 3rd pile aside, in an attic, storage bin, whatever and then when the kids get bored with the current toys they are playing with, you can pull out the other ones and "rotate" out. That way the kids aren't so overwhelmed all the choices and they are happily surprised to see toys they haven't played with in a while. As for clothes, I assume you go through the closet every season and pull out ones that are too small and put them aside, either for future children, or you can check local consignment stores and resale shops, or sell them on ebay if they are in decently good condition.