Chelsea Family HomeTraditional Kids, London
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Make it easy to tidyIt’s important to be realistic when it comes to devising storage. “Don’t micro-organise,” Lesley Spellman says. “We’re all blown away by organising ideas we see on TV and online. However, make sure you create a system you’re able to maintain, otherwise it may fail before you’ve even started. “It’s so much more important to be able to put things in the right place easily, than to spend time and energy folding things perfectly,” she says.“If you’re more messy than orderly, consider hanging rather than folding clothes in a wardrobe, for example,” she adds. “You can take out shelves and add rails into wardrobes very inexpensively.”“When designing kids storage, make it accessible for their height, so it’s easy for them to grab their things,” Sophie says. “Compartmentalise the toys in different containers or drawers, so they’re easy to find and tidy away.”
Box up precious memoriesFinally, remember that a lot of kids don’t like it when you start to declutter and get rid of their stuff. They love it when it’s all tidy and enjoy the routine an organised home can give them, but the process itself can be overwhelming. Involving them in all the stages can help. It may slow you down a little, but it could have benefits for you long term, as they will know how to maintain any new system you set up. To encourage them to let go of items, help them focus on what they’re keeping, remind them of Christmas and birthdays that may be coming up, and emphasise the importance of donating. A memory box can also be very useful, as they can use this storage for all their personal items that are important to them. Precious reminders can be tucked under their bed, or up in a wardrobe. Storage solutions like this can often give some comfort during decluttering. They can take ownership of the storage and decisions around their items, which will help them feel more in control.Do you have any helpful organisation tips? Please share them in the Comments below.
Speed up your clear-upWhile it might seem wasteful to pay for custom cabinetry in a room where the main occupants almost certainly won’t appreciate it, kitting out your children’s play area with masses of easy-to-access storage could mean less time spent tidying up after them. This colourful room features huge pull-out drawers for quickly stashing toys and games out of the way after a busy day’s play.