Decluttering When You Have a Large Family
Decluttering when you have a large family can be pretty tough. Kudos to my mother in law for being able to keep things together with eleven kids! Here are some tips for decluttering when it comes to large families.
Get Rid Of:
– Get rid of extras since you probably only use your favorites anyway. Things like bed sheets and linens. The rule of thumb is 2 sets per bed.
– Kitchen items that are kicking around not getting used anyway. For example: cooking ware, Tupperware, all those extra plastic sippy cups, etc.
– Holiday Decorations. Simply because you have a whole arsenal of minions who can make new ones each year right? Its easy and frugal to do.
– Books that no one reads anymore.
– Extra picture frames that you picked up but never used. Yes, you can have to many!
– That furniture you thought would make a nice addition to your living room three years ago.
– Here’s a big one; clothes and shoes. This one may take a bit of work but someone else can definitely benefit from it.
– McDonald’s toys. Need I explain more?
Decluttering Principals to Keep in Mind:
– When you have lots of children in the home, don’t let them keep things like toilet paper rolls, food containers or cardboard boxes. There just isn’t space for them.
– Have a box marked donations so its easier to toss unwanted, gently used clothing at any time.
– When you are out shopping and you or your kids see something you or they would like, Stop and think. Will this really matter if I don’t have this in 2 years?
– It’s really a great idea to go to an area in your home and declutter it. Then go back to that same area and declutter it some more. I realize with a big family that may not always happen but you will be glad when it does happen.