Minimalism with kids

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Are you tired of living with clutter and want to make a change? This is a chat group for parents wanting to run a minimalist home while raising kids. Find tips and resources to help you declutter. Share your experiences and successes.
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Nicola

Nicola

This New Year are you making any resolutions to sort the house once and for all and live clutter free? Are you making any decluttering challenges or goals? Would love to know what they are. I need some inspiration to get started.

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Nicola

Nicola

heather
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heather

Yes I am SO tried of seeing toys and old kids clothes everywhere. I'm doing a brutal round up of old toys for charity and trying to clear out the piles on the landing.

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Carselea
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Carselea

Me! My house is a tip. I'm going to try and do one 'corner' each week. Started with sorting my daughter's jumpers drawer and taking loads to charity. Bit by bit... I'm going to try and buy less too. We honestly have so much stuff. I'm going to try and cut back on buying anything we don't need or have space for. So - more out, less in..is my mantra for 2020

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marialev
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marialev

I know we have so much stuff too. I'm doing a big clear out of their toys as those are the ones that really add up. After Christmas they just seem to have doubled!

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Keri
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Keri

We have piles on the landing too:) currently comprised of a stack of books that are too young for the kids awaiting a charity shop run, laundry that I haven't put away yet and a box of Christmas ornaments that I need to take up to the loft. Just so you know you aren't alone😅

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Holly B

Holly B

New Year....new tidy house. Well - tidy ish! The thing is, our flat is TINY and has hardly any storage. Any fab ideas for making the most of small spaces?

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heather
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Clever furniture always helped us. Beds that have storage underneath the mattress or sofas that have a pull out drawer. Ikea had some great ones. Or if you have the option, using the space under dormer windows as storage.


But if you're not looking for new furniture maybe some nice storage boxes could help and could be stacked up to keep the clutter away?

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Keri
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I've had a ceiling hanging pot rack in my kitchen for years. I love the way it looks and everything is very easy to store and retrieve.

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Sophia

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Carselea

Carselea

How do you clean your windows to get then streak free?

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Carselea

Carselea

heather
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I use microfiber cloths - I usually keep one wet and one dry. They seem to help as one cleans the windows and the other dries them. Hope this helps!

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Laura

Interesting!!! I use newspaper! It works really well...

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Holly B

Holly B

Are you planning to clear out the kids toys before Christmas presents arrive?

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Keri
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I usually get rid of lots of stuff before Xmas. My kids are too old for toys, but this year we've got rid of tons of books and clothes they've outgrown. We have a group chat on WhatsApp for everyone on our road, and there are lots of families with younger children, so that's super handy. I just send out a post asking if anyone wants old school uniform/books and usually someone comes and takes it all. The rest I take to charity.

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Nicole

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Sophia N
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Oooh I love these! What a lovely way to get organised

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marialev

marialev

Does anyone have any non-toy ideas for Christmas gifts for kids? I just don't think I can handle any more toys in this house!

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Keri
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I let my kids choose a charity to donate too. A lot of them send out gift packs for donating. Animal charities are popular with my kids. The Adopt A Donkey charity sends out a really cute gift pack with pictures of the donkey you adopted and an adoption certificate. "Adopt A Polar Bear" sends out a polar bear soft toy in addition to pictures of your polar bear and fact cards on endangered species. Kids seem to love the adoption concept!


Also, if you can bear it, buy a musical instrument😂. We started violin on the cutest little violin and both my kids still take lessons and love it (squeak squeak 😆)

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Nicola

Nicola

Challenge thirty one: The final push. We haven't tackled every single cupboard and every single bit of clutter over this 31 day challenge but, if you’ve followed the challenges, you should be on your way to getting the house in order. For the final challenge grab a box and go through every room in the house. Pick up any items that are lying around in the wrong place. Tidy little things you notice. Toys on the floor, items on tables and window sills, things stuffed in corners. If, during this challenge you have a whole pile of stuff waiting to be taken to charity/the dump now’s the time to drop them off and clear out the clutter once and for all. We hope that by now you’ll have got the bug to declutter and clean day by day for a few minutes at a time. Small tasks that make a big difference. We’d love to see your photos of any clean and tidy areas you achieved.

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Nicola

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Holly B
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Holly B

It's been great. I haven't done every task but am slowly clearing the clutter and am motivated to keep on doing so bit by bit, when I've got the time.

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Keri
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Keri

Thank you for the fab challenge! I really do feel better about my house. All it takes is a little bit every day!

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Nicola

Nicola

Challenge thirty: Clearing the tables and windowsills. Has clutter crept onto every available surface? Grab a box and clear any items that have made their way onto tables, window sills and mantelpieces. Then put them all back in their proper homes. Give the surfaces a quick polish too. With clear surfaces your home will instantly feel tidier.

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marialev
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marialev

Yes clutter gets everywhere with us!

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Sophia

Sophia

2 days to go! Take any 1 of the below 31 declutter challenges and post about your decluttering successes to enter to win our prizes:

  • copy of Marie Kondo's 'The Life-Changing Magic Art of Tidying Up'
  • PLUS 32-piece honeycomb drawer divider - Hangerworld

Join the group and post before 31st October to enter. Full Ts and Cs can be found here: https://www.masandpas.com/31-day-declutter-challenge-contest-terms-and-conditions

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