5 steps to liv­ing min­i­mally with kids

FIND BAL­ANCE BE­TWEEN CALM AND CLUT­TERED WITH CARO­LINE’S TIPS

In the Moment - - Living -

DE­CLUT­TER

Ei­ther get kids in­volved if they like to or­gan­ise, or do it when they aren’t around if they are likely to de­cide that they don’t want to get rid of any­thing. Do this on a reg­u­lar ba­sis – that goes for your own pos­ses­sions too!

IN­COR­PO­RATE STYLISH STOR­AGE

You don’t al­ways need to opt for ‘kid-friendly’ fur­ni­ture. Beau­ti­ful sea­grass bas­kets, wooden crates, fab­ric bags, a cup­board and sim­ple shelv­ing will hide away gar­ish toys but still make them ac­ces­si­ble for lit­tle hands.

RO­TATE TOYS AND GAMES

Keep only a small se­lec­tion of toys out and put oth­ers in a cup­board or loft. Not only does this min­imise clut­ter, but it keeps their play more fo­cussed. And when you ro­tate, those items will seem like new!

EM­BRACE CHILD­LIKE DÉ­COR

It’s im­por­tant to al­low chil­dren to have a ‘place’ in your fam­ily home, so add some play­ful el­e­ments to your space. There are some gor­geous il­lus­tra­tive art­work and fun tex­tiles around.

UP­HOLD STRONG VAL­UES

Pro­mot­ing ideas of re­spect­ing their be­long­ings and en­joy­ing their en­vi­ron­ment will go a long way to en­sur­ing your chil­dren un­der­stand how to ap­pre­ci­ate what they’ve got, rather than what they haven’t.

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