Top tips for de-cluttering the kids' rooms

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Top tips for de-cluttering the kids' rooms

The first thing I encourage parents to do when they de-clutter their kids bedrooms is to get their kids to help, and the reason is because it's sort of like teaching a man to fish. If you can teach your kids early on what it looks like to de-clutter and organize, then it becomes easier as they get older, and they actually want to do it themselves. I have found that to be the case in our home, which is fun. The best practical thing I do is make sure our kids don't have more than a week or two worth of clothes out at any time, because kids get them so dirty so quickly that you're washing them anyway, so they don't need a month's worth of clothes. They just need really a few shirts, a few pants, depending on the season, and then I store clothes that are either out of season or too big up on the top part of their shelves, and then about twice a year, we go through and just switch them out and pass the clothes that they have outgrown to the next kid, or out to a thrift store or to someone who needs them. Then the other thing I encourage parents to do is to really think about only having open ended toys, and by that I mean toys that serve more than one purpose and can be manipulated so that it's the kid playing and not the toy, so there are a lot of toys out there where you push a button and watch the toy play. That, to me, is not the best use of our money or space. I would rather have toys that are classic and timeless so that they can do multiple things and be used by multiple children, so blocks and lego and things like that can be manipulated to do lot's of things and so once you get rid of all the toys that only serve one purpose and just have these other toys, it becomes a lot easier to organize their room.

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Tsh Oxenreider is the full-time blogger behind Simple Mom and the founder and creative director of Simple Living Media, a blog network dedicated to helping people live intentionally (while throwing perfection out the window). She thinks a library card, a Netflix subscription, and a passport are some of the greatest parenting tools in the universe. She’s a wife to Kyle, mama to Tate, Reed, and Finn, and is the author of Organized Simplicity and One Bite at a Time: 52 Bites for Making Life Simpler. She is currently working on her next book. Tsh and her nomadic family currently live in Bend, Oregon, but several dots around the globe have also been called home (her 7-year-old has been on 60 airplanes and counting). Together, they love to travel, read books, go camping, and make homemade pizza for Friday Family Movie Night.

Tsh writes about living simply and intentionally at Simple Mom, which was named one of the Top 100 Mom Blogs of 2012. She was also number 2 in the top 50 Twitter Moms of 2011, was named one of the Top 100 Mom Blogs of 2011, her blog was nominated for Best New Blog of 2008, and has been mentioned on Apartment Therapy, HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Food Network, CNBC, CNN, NPR, Parents Magazine, and more. She speaks frequently about blogging, writing, living intentionally, and motherhood in between changing diapers and hitting the 'publish' button. She is also an advocate for Compassion International, serving as one of their bloggers, and is a regular contributor at (in)courage. Tsh also records a podcast with Homefries called The Simple Mom Podcast, which during one week ranked second under NPR’s This American Life in most listened-to podcasts.

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