Besides toys, kids’ clothing
can make their spaces
seem cluttered very
quickly. With four kids,
three of whom are very
capable of taking care of their
things, it was too time consuming
to launder, fold, put away, and
organize all that clothing. When we
recently did our big room purge, we sorted the clothing too. I
pulled out anything that was out of season or was outgrown.
We hung the dresses and neatly folded the rest in drawers in a
way that my kids could see exactly what they had. We purged
a lot of clothing. So much of the clothing that was taking up
precious space was stained or torn or just outgrown. Without
drawers that are overflowing, it’s a lot easier for the kids to put
things away neatly.
Spaces for Creativity
Kids need to have space where they can be creative. Our kids
don’t have large bedrooms, but now that we’ve eliminated so
much of the stuff they weren’t using, they seem to have much
more space. We’ve also encouraged self-entertaining by putting
a basket of books by the fireplace and some jars of markers on a
little table in the kitchen with paper they can use.
If your kids have to ask permission or ask for help to reach
something every time they feel inspired, they probably won’t
ask too often. I’ve found that creating spaces for my kids to be
creative on their own really helps them to do so. A small bench
turned into a stove with a basket of play dishes and food, a
comfy pillow by a bookshelf with great books, or
a basket of dolls and a few
doll clothes in reach of
little hands, are all great
ways to encourage play—
without a lot of pressure
from mom and dad.
I’ve been so encouraged by the positive results from purging
the less-used things from my kids’ spaces. Simple is always
better with children.
Alicia Hutchinson is called Mama by four kiddos,
two boys and two girls. They have been home-
schooling for seven years, and history and good
literature are their favorite subjects. Alicia can be
found blogging on her corner of the Web, Investing
Love: www.aliciahutchinson.com. She talks about making a home,
current projects, creating, reading, teaching, and enjoying the little
things that come with being a mom/wife/teacher.