Let’s tackle my 4-year-old son’s toy collection. He has his own room and it’s often strewn with toys. As the youngest of three and the only boy, he’s been a little spoiled.
I gave him the option to be involved and he was excited to help out. I’m always hesitant to ask the kids for help, simply because it’s so much easier when I do it on my own, but I’m learning just how important it is for me to take the time to teach the kids how to declutter. This isn’t something we’re born knowing how to do – it is learned!
Together, we filled an entire trash bag full of toys for donation. I’m letting it sit in our storage room for a couple of weeks before hauling it off, just for his peace of mind that we didn’t part with anything too special. Making it easy for kids to be involved is HUGE! Sure, it takes longer, but this is how they learn that they do not need MORE to be happy or to have fun.
A couple of weeks have passed since this toy purge and it’s been so much easier to keep his room tidied up. Sounds weird, but I think he’s sleeping better, too.
I filmed the process and shared it to YouTube, you can click above to watch! I would really love to post more to YouTube, sharing our process and progress!! What do you think? Do you like videos like this? And please share any “decluttering with kids” tips in the comments – let’s learn from each other!