You might be gaining freedom from clutter in key areas of your home and office, and I want to encourage you to keep going! Have you ever considered creating a minimalist kid’s bedroom? While I don’t require my children to keep as few items as they had when we lived a mobile lifestyle overseas, Chris and I do work with them to keep a balance of belongings so they may enjoy and appreciate the ones that are most fun to them.
5 ways to keep a balance to kids’ belongings:
* Have them donate the same amount of toys as they receive for their birthday or on holidays each year.
* Keep an ongoing list on your smartphone of items they’re interested in buying or receiving as a gift.
* Help them weed out clothing that is torn or stained as soon as it happens, then remove outgrown clothing every quarter.
* Ask your child where he thinks the best “home” is for key items: a drawer, toy box, or on a shelf. His involvement in this decision will help him remember where the item’s meant to go when not in use. (Tabletops and floors aren’t generally a good option.)
* Divide her toys in half. One bin of toys rests in the garage while the other half stays active in the child’s room. Trade them out each month. If your child loses interest in some of the toys, pass them on to another child or sell them. (Bonus: let the child keep cash from toy sales to go towards one of the items on the smarphone list mentioned above.)
I believe that open floor space provides a sense of calm to a room, and it’s also a great invitation for play. My kids like to pour Legos out on their floor spaces, create forts, and use the floor as a place to do homework or read. Playing around with a room’s layout will help you achieve maximum play space. Here is a landscape photo of my 7 year old daughter’s current bedroom layout to serve as an example (double click to see the full view):
Dana Byers and her family are passionate about adoption and online ministry, and they sold all they owned in 2007 to live a mobile lifestyle overseas and expand online ministry practices globally. She’s the author of “The Art of Online Ministry” and recently moved to Oklahoma to become the Community Pastor for LifeChurch.tv Church Online. All opinions shared here are expressly her own.