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If you have children in your home, you understand how serenity and order can quickly descend into chaos and untidiness. While they’re such a blessing, children, younger ones especially, have a way of cluttering up the home without much problem. While we can demonstrate to them the value of tidying up (my mother taught my children the “Clean Up” song, made famous by a certain purple dinosaur), it’s also important to help them realize they might not need all the stuff they accumulate. What’s more, a large portion of this stuff, from infancy to early adolescence, is most likely toys.

Here are 4 strategies for dealing with toy clutter to help you maintain sanity and enhance your child’s environment as well as their health:

Step 1 – Let the purge begin

Everything has its place and this is an important first principle in dealing with any clutter. What’s that place for your child’s toys? Keep in mind, this is also an end goal too. It’s helpful if you assess what types of things your child has in their room, play area, etc. and determine what they need. What they don’t need should be discarded (meaning trashed or donated). Are there toys that are broken or never get played with? Would your kids even notice if particular toys went missing? You shouldn’t be sentimental about their toys, if they aren’t. I know this is easier said than done, because who wants to part with that Mickey Mouse stuffed animal with a missing arm, the one which your child always had by their side.

So detachment is part of this strategy, for sure, but we also should have an understanding of the toys our children have outgrown. When we begin to parse out their collection of stuff, we need to consider the age-appropriateness of each item. This will help us determine what our family has graduated from and the process hopefully would be easier at that point.

Step 2 – Involve your children

Incorporating your child into this decision making process can be beneficial as well. Certainly, you’ll want to keep the age of the child(ren) in mind and their demeanor in how they might handle ditching some of their possessions. Furthermore, as the old adage goes, less is more, and it might serve our children well to remember this. Maybe this goes without saying, but it’s easier to tackle organizing a room when there’s less in need of organization.

Be cautious of decision fatigue and how your kids could respond to being involved in making choices on what will stay and what will go. Furthermore, while you want to empower your children to make their own decisions about certain things, you want to avoid polling them about every preference they might have. This can be a recipe for disaster. Therefore, it might be wise to involve your child(ren) in this operation, but simplifying it as much as possible could be to your advantage.

Step 3 – Donations and rotations accepted

Including our kids in the process of donating those items they’re parting ways with is a game-changer. They further grasp what it means to share, especially with those who are less fortunate. Donating toys is a great way to spare the landfill of more garbage and if you’ve ever watched movies from the Toy Story saga, you know the toys appreciate it too.

Another classic move that gives new life to your child’s toys is keeping them in “rotation.” This tactic works well as your kid will have a different experience with their toys as you rotate them in and out of their world. The moments away from certain toys can reinvigorate playtime as they become reunited with them time and time again.

4 Strategies For Dealing With Toy Clutter

Step 4 – Organize and categorize

Once you’ve successfully decluttered and paired down the number of toys, you can begin to revisit those questions you’ve been pondering – Where do you want to store the toys? Do you have designated play areas in mind? Maybe their destinations will remain the same, as you’re only cleaning and organizing those areas. That’s perfectly fine as well.

There are all sorts of organizational systems of cubbies, shelving and the like, if you would prefer to go that route, but it can get costly. Keeping it simple might be best. There are affordable storage tubs or bins, which stack well and can work depending on your situation. Take a glance at some of these options as well. The sky’s the limit, really. You can get adventurous and deploy decorative baskets or create a theme in a bedroom or playroom. Don’t forget under the bed too! If you’re looking for space in a family room or living room that can both subtly store as well as hide the toys in plain sight, seek out multi-functional furniture or fabric/basket bin storage. We love toy chests and Little Colorado has some stunning options to explore, if you’re interested in pursuing that route. Maybe get a little crazy and invest in an art cart with wheels!

 

Once you’ve made a plan and you’ve committed to following through with it, you’ll witness the benefits that result from those changes you’ve made to your child’s room and the house in general. Decluttering always has a two-fold purpose: It’s vital for your mental health and it boosts efficiency. These strategies can serve as a framework beyond “toys” and “play.” Regardless, they’ll help our families live healthier and more productive lives.

 

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When it comes to moving, you have two options: Do-it-yourself (DIY) or hire professionals. Both have their pros and cons, and it’s important to weigh them before making that final decision. In this article, we’ll explore the advantages and disadvantages of DIY moving.

Pros of DIY Moving

One of the main benefits of DIY moving is cost savings. Hiring professional movers can be expensive, especially if you have many possessions or are moving long-distance. By rolling up your sleeves and doing it yourself, you can save a significant amount of money. Maybe this is the third or fourth time you’re moving, and you’re practically a pro at this point.

Another perk of DIY moving is the control you have over the process. You can pack your belongings the way you want, especially over time (in most instances) and handle them with care. Depending on the nature of the transaction and timeline of the parties involved, you can also choose the most convenient time for the move and have flexibility in the schedule.

Cons of DIY Moving

One of the biggest drawbacks of DIY moving is the physical labor involved. Moving heavy furniture and boxes can be exhausting and time-consuming. It requires strength and stamina, while the risk of injury is a possibility as well. Furthermore, if you’re not physically capable or have health issues, DIY moving may not be an option at all.

Another disadvantage is the lack of professional expertise and equipment. Moving professionals have the experience and knowledge to handle fragile items and navigate through difficult spaces (or at least reputable ones should!). This is what movers do, year-round. They also have the right tools and equipment to make the process more efficient. Without these, you may risk damaging your belongings or injuring yourself.

DIY moving can be a cost-effective and flexible option for those who are physically capable and have the time and energy to handle the procedure. However, it’s important to consider the physical labor involved and the lack of professional expertise and equipment. For a smoother and less stressful experience, hiring professionals may be worth the investment.

Hiring Professionals

One popular option that many people consider is hiring professionals to handle their move. While this may come with a cost, there are several advantages that make it a popular choice. 

Pros of Hiring Professionals

One of the main advantages of hiring professionals for your move is the access to their professional expertise and experience. Professional movers have the knowledge and skills to handle fragile items, navigate through difficult spaces, and ensure that your belongings are transported safely. They are trained in proper packing and loading techniques, and can efficiently handle the logistics of the entire operation. The keyword there is trained. By opting for professionals, you can have peace of mind knowing that your move is in capable hands.

Another benefit of hiring professionals is the time and energy savings it affords. Moving can be an exhausting and time-consuming process, especially if you have a lot of possessions or are moving over a great distance. Though, moving over short distances can be tiresome too. By hiring professionals, you can focus on other important tasks related to your move, such as setting up utilities or transferring your address, while leaving the “heavy lifting” to the movers. This is sure to reduce stress and ensure a smoother transition to your new home.

Keep in mind however, that not all moving companies are created equal. While some may pack up your items, others may not. Realistically, it’s best to have everything boxed up and ready to be carried out the door by the time the moving company arrives. Additionally, it’s vitally important to ask key questions before hiring a moving company to ensure you’re on the same page.

Cons of Hiring Professionals

One of the drawbacks of hiring professionals is the cost involved. Professional movers can be expensive, especially if you own a larger home or are moving over a significant distance. The cost will depend on factors such as the square footage of your home, the distance of your move and the services you require. It’s important to consider your budget and weigh the cost against the benefits provided by moving professionals.

Another potential deterrent is the lack of control over the process. When you hire professionals, you’re relying on them to handle your things and ensure their safe arrival at their new destination. While even the most esteemed moving companies take great care in their work, there’s always a risk of damage or loss. It’s important to do your research and choose a trusted and dependable moving company to minimize this risk. Do you need moving insurance? Though most moving companies are insured, this would be something to look into as well. You might need to protect various items over and above what the mover’s insurance policy would cover.

Final Thoughts

Whether you’re taking the move upon yourself or hiring a moving company, decluttering is essential. “Decluttering is key when selling your home,” expresses Christina M. Keller, REALTOR® with Realty Network Group. “Before the home goes on the market, a homeowner needs to begin cleaning and eliminating waste. Buyers need a clear vision of how their possessions will fill the space. Removing excess furnishings enables them to image the home as their own, without distractions. After an agreement is made between the parties, the seller can use the moving process as another time to organize and prioritize what makes the move and what gets purged.”

Hiring professionals for your move can offer several conveniences, including professional expertise, time and energy savings in addition to peace of mind. However, it’s important to consider the associated costs and potential lack of control over this operation. Ultimately, the decision between DIY moving and hiring professional movers will depend on your specific needs, budget and preferences.

 

Here are two other articles you might find helpful:

Moving and downsizing when a pet is involved.

Launching a new business from home while moving.