When you have children, it’s almost impossible to keep your house clean and organized, because once you clean a room and get to the next one, the little ones come right after you with their toys and games, and in a couple of hours it won’t even show that you actually cleaned the place. Clutter can really take away the joy of life if you don’t learn how to control it. Because, yes, you can control it even with kids in the house. More than that: you can convince your children to help you declutter the house and keep things in check.
“Living Clutter-Free with Kids in the House” is a guide written by Mike Burns and Jen Burns, two parents who managed the performance to declutter their house with the help of their six children. It is the perfect book for those who want to live a clutter-free life, but feel like they can’t because of their kids. It’s true that once you have children, all their clothes, toys and games invade the house, but if you find the right strategy, you can prevent all their things from finding their way on the floor and on all the tables and cupboards.
It is very important to understand why you should declutter. First of all, clutter can have a very negative influence on your family, because you’ll never have time to spend with your children and enough space to play with them; you’ll always have to clean, reorganize, and then clean some more. Clutter can be stressful, and it can distract you from things that are truly important. The more things your children have, the more work you and your kids will have to do to keep them out of your way. And, secondly, if you keep buying your kids toys and just about anything they want, they will soon develop a very shallow appreciation for what they have. So, deciding to throw away the unnecessary things will also teach them that in life they need to focus only on those things that are truly important.
“Living Clutter-Free with Kids in the House” gives you tips and advice on how to change your perspective on clutter, understand the effect it has on your family, and make your kids declutter the house even if this means they will have to give up on much of their own stuff. You can even make decluttering fun by playing the games for children and parents that the authors suggest. Even though keeping the house clutter-free is going to require a constant effort, it doesn’t mean it has to be a tiring, unpleasant activity. Decluttering can turn into a perfect way of spending some quality time with your family.