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As a former teacher, there’s no such thing as summertime sadness here. Sunshine, frozen cocktails, extreme humidity, temperatures in the hundreds, stuck in the house, oh wait. Summer is the perfect opportunity to get those kiddos organized, especially on those days they tell you “I’m bored.”
I’ve got some handy tips on how to get the entire family involved in the process. You’ll get those spaces de-cluttered and teach your kids how to be responsible for their belongings. It’s a win-win. Taking the time to work on this now is critical. One day your precious little baby is going to be someone’s student, employee, and/or spouse. We have to teach them responsibility, and there’s no better time than the present. Your children will thank you when they’re adulting like champs and you will thank yourself when all the cleaning isn’t on your shoulders.
Begin by setting the declutter date on a family calendar and build up to the day so no one is shocked when it’s go time. The kids will be prepared and there will be less complaining (“What?! We have to try ALL our clothes on NOW?!”). Next, set up a reward for this family decluttering session. Talk to your kids about what the reward should be for when all the chores are done. Whether it be an outing for ice cream or a trip to the movies, let them choose what they would like to do. Notice I said something they would like to DO, not an object they WANT. You don’t want to clutter up that clean space already! Here's where to start:
Family Room/Living Room
Another fun tip? Timers do wonders for kids. Whether it be a stopwatch or an online timer, set them to see how fast they can put up their clothes or pick up their toys.
Last but not least, parents you cannot expect your children to keep their spaces tidy if your own office, bedroom, and other areas of the home are a mess. Set the expectations, and lead by example. What to do when you are all finished? TREAT ‘YO SELVES! Overwhelmed and need someone to work with your child(ren)? I might know someone :)