So, we’ve downsized, and I never thought it would feel this good! I should also tell you that we are a family of 7. My husband and I are the proud parents of 5 rambunctious, light saber playing, hungry all the time, and never tired, young boys all under the age of 7. (Our first pregnancy were twins.)
Want to hear the crazy part?
We downsized from a 4 bedroom, 2,000 sq. ft. to a 2 bedroom with under 1000 sq. ft. of room.
Although we never thought we would go through this “life changing transformation” it happened and we had to adjust. So, now I want to help your “downsizing transition” go smoother.
Think of it as a new LIFESTYLE.. because it is life changing!
When I hear the word downsize I think of decluttering, like a CUSS TON of decluttering. Why? Because that is exactly what you have to do in order to get ready for a downsized life.
Especially when you have kids!
Decluttering is EXACTLY what we did and it wasn’t easy because I was a bit of a hoarder (okay, a BIG bit of a hoarder). So, I know how hard the struggle is, I’ve lived it!
I have been on a decluttering rampage. I’ve envisioned the life I want, how I want to live and I went for it! Now, I want to share my journey with you.
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1. TALK TO THEM
Talk to your kids about the difference from WANTS and NEEDS. It’s totally okay to want fun toys (& other possessions) but we don’t need a crap ton of them.
Talk to your kids about decluttering and why it’s A GOOD THING.
Having less is a good thing. Why? Because it will give you more freedom and time to do what you love.
To break this down in “kid version” tell your kids they will have more time to play and it will take less time to clean up. Of course, this version is for the youngsters.
In doing this you teach them to clean, organize, and learn to persistently purge so they can live a more clear and free life. These are definite “adult skills” you want to make sure they go out into the world with.
2. USE A CHECKLIST
Using a checklist for yourself and having your kids help you make one (if they can) will be fun and it will also save you a headache.
I get overwhelmed very easily with what I have to get done while I have my 5 kids running a muck around me. Especially if it’s cleaning.
My mind just gets frazzled and it’s hard for me to focus on what I’m doing when one kids is asking for another snack at the same time I’m telling my other kid to stop jumping off the bunk beds, and my youngest thinks it’s funny to throw Hot Wheels at his older brothers.
The joys of motherhood..
It’s just easier to write down what I need to do then knock it out one by one so i’m not jumping all over the place freaking my kids out!
Make a checklist to target the areas that need to be de-cluttered one by one.
3. HAVE THE KIDS SET A TIMER
Set a timer mama! Time management it tough enough. When I set a timer I know I only have a certain amount of time to get something done. It helps me get motivated so I could move my buns!
Letting the kids know this “decluttering session” won’t be an all day thing will definitely ease the process.
Your goal is simple. Target your area and declutter it for 15 minutes.
If you guys are feeling super motivated and empowered by the weight lifting feeling of having a simple, clear free home then by all means KEEP GOING. If not, that is totally okay!
As long as you hit your 15 minute mark, you hit your goal!
4. DO NOT THROW EVERYTHING INTO ONE PILE
I know this is in the KonMari method, which I really enjoyed. It helped me get rid of my clothes clutter, but boy was this extremely overwhelming and I’m an adult.
Can you imagine how a kid would feel?
They have the tendency to be a bit dramatic. I’ve heard the “Oh, we’ll never be done!” plenty of times from my kids.
These words frustrate me, then they get frustrated and it’s just a recipe for disaster. Don’t throw all their belongings into one pile.
Plus, when you have kids you just don’t have time to de-clutter all day. Dinner has to be made, babies need diaper changes, and kids don’t have the attention span to do that even for a half an hour.
Instead use a piece of paper. You can target the areas you want to declutter and do them one at a time.
5. PURGE YOUR KIDS ROOM FAITHFULLY
Make sure you involve your kids in this process. Being able to let go of things that they no longer need should be a LIFE SKILL for them.
You want to give that to them.
If they feel like everything is being taken away from them it could set off a trigger and they may want to hold on to (hoard) more things that they don’t need.
So, go through your kids room with them every 2 months or so.
Sometimes they just need a little guidance.
How do you declutter with kids? Any tips? Make sure to share them in the comments below with all of us.