The beginning of summer can bring so much joy, but it can also bring new chaos, lack of routine and a sense of overwhelm. We recently came across this article from The Boston Globe that talks about families being overwhelmed from too much stuff, too much scheduled, too much screen time and not enough time together. Can you relate? We believe that cutting down on clutter is one simple way that you can help relieve that feeling of overwhelm! So, today we're sharing five tips for decluttering your home.
1. Get rid of 'just in case' stuff
If you're saving it for that 'just in case we host a dinosaur themed birthday party someday' reason ... then just get rid of it. Repeat ... get rid of it! Trust us, the open space created from not storing it any longer will be well worth it!
2. Stop saving toys for younger kids to use 'when they get to that age'
Let’s face it, there are a lot of Christmases, birthdays, Easters, and other opportunities for people to give them gifts between now and then. If you combine that with the toys you save, you will have a huge job managing that stuff.
3. If the kids don't play with it, don't keep it!
Just because you love a toy, doesn't mean that your kids do too. If there are toys cluttering up your playroom, kid's room, living room, etc. and no one touches it ... then donate it to a kid who will love it!
4. The Black Hole
The Hinkle's kids call it “the black hole”. When they don’t pick up after themselves and leave an epic mess, they gather it all up and put it into a plastic tub. (Everything-shoes, toys, game pieces, etc.) If they want it back, they have to do a job from the list to retrieve something from the black hole. In one month’s time, if it is not claimed, it’s donated.
5. Invest in a Creative QT Stuffed Animal Storage Bean Bag
We couldn't not include our original, best-selling stuffed animal storage bean bag in our list of top five decluttering tips. Made out of a durable, yet soft, fabric the standard size holds 50+ stuffed animals and the extra-large size holds 90+. This truly is a toy that you and the kids are going to love!
Creative QT designs quality + innovative toys that declutter homes and inspire creative play. Founded by parents of five, Adam and Dana Sue Hinkle, Creative QT’s vision is to empower parents and encourage a culture of families that Make Time Together. All products are designed to enrich families’ lives through active, creative play and play based learning. Creative QT products are laboratory tested for compliance with CPSC requirements and are free of lead, cadmium and phthalates so you can play with confidence. So, go ahead … today is the day: be your kid’s hero.