Give the Kids Bins for Mementos
When I was a child, my mom would say “Put that away,” and I’d say “But Mom, it doesn’t have an away!” One of the biggest problems in de-cluttering is things that don’t have a particular “home.” To truly declutter, you need to designate an “away” for these challenging items.
Kids’ (and adults’) mementos are often in this category. Where do you put the medal from Little Gym, the old report cards, the trophies, the swim class certificates? You might display things on boards or shelves for awhile, but ultimately they’re replaced by newer items and start to gather dust.
Again, the solution: clear plastic bins. They accommodate items of all shapes and sizes. Get one of a decent size for each child, label it with the child’s name, and put it in the basement or attic. Here, you can store everything from the soccer trophy to the kindergarten sculpture to certificate (put paper items in envelopes labeled by year or age). Then, you can find them easily when you want to stroll down memory lane.
“When your home is cluttered, your brain kind of feels that way too,” says LaFrance. “You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel after just organizing one small part of your house.”