In nearly all homes that we “clearing up concierges” visit, children have too much stuff to manage alone.
Children are far less capable than adults of organizing things by themselves, and so one tip is to limit the amount of things they own according to their age and personality.
Does your child have any of these?
Criteria for reorganization
(1) Farewell ceremony to give thanks for toys and picture books that are no longer used
- Textbooks or exercise books from several years ago
- Miscellaneous worksheets which you don’t know are necessary or not
- Old toys that he/she has stopped playing with a long time ago
- Artworks that are untouched and just collecting dust
- Free gifts your child was very excited about when he/she got them
- Nostalgic picture books he/she read when much younger
- Game software he/she borrowed from friends but forgot to give back
→ Not playing with certain toys or reading certain books is evidence of growing up. Say farewell to such things with a sense of gratitude for helping your child develop. And if you have any free gifts that your child doesn’t like, throw them away without hesitation.
When throwing a toy away, teach your child the value of things with a home-style ceremony, saying something like “Thank you for playing with me” and placing your hands together in prayer after putting the item into the garbage bag.
It’s fine to keep those mementos that you just can’t let go and want to treasure in a trunk room. Doing the same with things that you want to keep for your younger children to use later will also make your life less cluttered.
(2) Set a storage life for textbooks, worksheets etc.
- Textbooks: Two years → Consider reviewing them
- Exercise books: One year → But let your child master any problems he/she finds difficult before the new term begins!
- Tests and school notices: Every term
→ Just storing test papers is no good. Before the new term begins, have your child master any problems that he/she got wrong or finds difficult and then throw the test papers away. You don’t need to keep them for your younger children. They will be given new ones of their own.
(3) Fully appreciate artworks with a special gallery, and throw old artworks away from time to time
→ Children want their parents to look at their own artworks and praise them. It’s a pity for artworks to be forgotten and just collect dust. Set up a proper exhibit space and replace the exhibits from time to time. If you want photos of them, don’t just take the artworks, take your child holding them. These photos will become a record of your child’s growth and give you even more pleasure to look at later.
(4) Quickly return borrowed items! Keep your child’s relations with other children amicable!
→ In an untidy room, borrowed items tend to get mixed up with one’s own things. Holding on to borrowed items can lead to a loss of trust from other children. For your child’s social development, make sure he or she looks after borrowed items properly.