Are you in the habit of dumping things into junk drawers, without considering whether you’ll need them (or be able to find them) in a week? Do you save everything “just in case” it might come in useful “someday”? Does your family’s typical lifestyle include:
Face it: too much “stuff” is more trouble than it’s worth, and if you live as described above, you’re not only making your own life unnecessarily difficult: you’re giving your children a bad example to follow. And you won’t have much success convincing them to get their toys out of your way (or to stop asking for more “stuff”) unless they see you practicing what you preach.
Get started now on creating a home environment where everything has a place and where no counter, table, couch, or floor is burdened by unnecessary clutter.
Clear It Out
Nearly every home benefits from periodic decluttering. If it’s been a while since you threw or gave anything away, set aside a weekend day (or a month of them) for a clear-it-out family project. Donate, sell, or dump anything that hasn’t been used in a year or that everyone has outgrown. Have a special family outing afterwards to celebrate your new freedom from clutter.
If your clutter problem is more serious—rooms are too full to walk through, there are major arguments over what should be kept—a professional organization service can be a worthwhile investment, not least for helping everyone see the situation objectively.
Nip It in the Bud
After initial decluttering is complete, beware lest the clutter creep back. If you establish the following habits as consistent practices in your household, you’ll also help your kids instill them for life:
Note to Teachers
If your own desk consistently looks as though it had been ransacked, your students will follow that example, and the whole classroom will become disorganized. How well do you model the principle of everything in its place and no more “everything” than needed?
HELPING CHILDREN LEARN THEIR PRIORITIES
Does it bother you to think how many school experiences are cluttered with overemphasis on standardized tests—at the expense of important life skills? Shady Oak Primary School has a better way! Our active, learn-by-doing program teaches kids what’s really needed for success and for personal impact on the world. We focus on real-life experience and instructing the whole child. Contact us with your questions!
Blessings to parents and children of all ages!