Keeping your child’s room clean can feel like a never-ending battle. Your kids collect toys, books, clothing, and other items as they grow over the years, and before you know it, you can end up with a cluttered, disorganized space.
If you’re in the mood for some spring cleaning, there’s a good chance that Marie Kondo is the person who inspired you. Kondo, a professional organizing consultant and author, is the creator of the KonMari Method, which is featured in her popular Netflix show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo”.
KonMari is a simple method that makes organizing easier, and it can be used in any area of your home, including your kids’ bedrooms! The method is based on the idea that you should only keep items that spark joy.
1. Take Everything Out
Marie Kondo recommends organizing one type of item versus an area of your home. Clothing is always a great place to start. Take all of the clothing and place it in one area, and then go through the pile item by item. Separate anything that’s worn out or outgrown. You can also remove anything your child doesn’t adore.
Don’t keep items that are just “okay”. If your child rarely wears them, that isn’t likely to change.
2. Make a Place
Your child will have a tough time staying organized if you don’t set up a special place for each and every item that belongs in the bedroom. When going through various items, take the amount of storage space you have available into consideration. Someone who is trying to organize a large house will have a bit more leeway than someone who is trying to create space in a tiny apartment.
Once you’re sure about how much space you want to devote to a certain type of item, you can come up with an organization plan. Kondo recommends rolling clothing rather than using the traditional folding and stacking method. You’ll be amazed at how much space this can save!
3. Be Committed
Part of the KonMari Method is remaining committed to completing the organizing project. Sometimes, that may mean being tough and saying goodbye to things that have a small amount of sentimental value, such as art projects or crafts your child completed in the past. Keep the pieces you and your child love, but give yourself permission to part ways with the rest.
If you don’t have time to overhaul your child’s room in one weekend, break the task up over a few weeks. There’s no reason that spring cleaning has to be done all at once.