Dealing with Clutter
Ways to Deal with Clutter
What Do I Do With...
Financial and Tax Records
General Papers: Magazines, Junk Mail, Coupons and Other Papers
Barriers to Getting Organized
If You Still Can't Get Started
Kids can produce tons of school papers, artwork and other materials annually. And it seems that their toys, books, games and clothes just multiply. Here are some ideas for reducing the piles and organizing what is left.
School papers and projects
Store close to where the children play. Place storage containers where children can reach them, if you intend for them to help with putting them away. Rotate some toys, putting some in “inactive” storage for a time. Periodically let the child choose a certain number they want to play with for a while. You might describe it to a child as deciding which toys are “it” for now.
Children’s art projects
A box under a bed is a perfect size and place for these wide, flat items. Ask the child to pick X number at the end of the year to keep, and you may choose the same number. The rest get pitched. Make a collage of them after a few years. Or take photos and toss the originals. Or you can scan the art work—one parent even turned them into a poster, and then created a business doing it for other parents. Take photos of dioramas and other large items.