Stuff. Stuff. Too Much Stuff. We began our annual decluttering right after Christmas but we still have too much stuff. To jump start the decluttering in the children’s rooms I called everyone together and told them to find a cardboard box and return to me for further instruction.
It didn’t take long for them to find a box, and only a few more minutes to send one child in search of a larger box – a shoe box was not going to cut it for this activity. Four sets of curious eyes stare at me as I explain: Take your empty box to your bedroom. Fill it with anything that does not belong in your bedroom. Look for things that should be thrown away or given away or put away somewhere else. You have ten minutes – GO!
Time is up! Everyone report back to Mom! Reluctant fellows who thought they would never be able to fill their boxes came running back with shouts of victory. “Look! Wow! We had no idea!” Four Children + Two Bedrooms + Ten Minutes = Progress. That’s my kind of math!
Now, time to empty your boxes and put each item where it needs to go. I admit, this part of our activity began with just a bit of resistance. But they each had a finite amount to deal with and they could easily see the bottom of the
barrel box and there wouldn’t be any free time until it was finished so they all buckled down and had it finished in no time.
I am planning to do this daily as we work through the house, making a little progress each day. How do you get your kids involved in cleaning up in your home? I’d love to hear and I’m sure other readers would too.