Where should you even begin when decluttering your kid’s room?
WORDS JOANNA ONG
Where do I Start?
Esther Tan, sales leader for Children’s IKEA, says that one of the biggest misconceptions is that there is only one fixed way to get organised and that the solution to organising and decluttering is buying lots of storage boxes, a large storage unit or throwing a lot of items out. In fact, you should be able to find the right kind of organisational tools and storage solutions which are adapted to your everyday needs, preferences and living situation at home.
Some key considerations should be: What is going to be stored and how often will it be used?
A well-planned activity flow is always the first step to help you
organise according to your needs.
KrisTan, organising expert from The Declutter Company Singapore,agrees that there is no fixed rule in organising and decluttering. Just start with what is easiest for you and your child. She adds that you could start by writing labels on what you have. These labels will be temporary. Once the room is set, you can redo the labels. Categorise the items such as toys, books, puzzles, crayons etc.
Nathalie Ricaud, a professional organiser from Get Organised & Beyond advises that you could start with the category that’s the less sentimental for you (or your child), otherwise you may struggle to let go, feel discouraged and not complete the process.
Have clarity on what you’re trying to achieve. Envision how the room will look like
once it’s organised. That’ll help you get started and keep you
motivated during the organising process.
Don’t forget to take stock of the situation - especially what’s working, what’s not and what could be the root cause of problems e.g. too much stuff, inefficient storage systems, lack of processes etc. That’ll help you define a solution that’s workable for you and your child.