After having our daughter I quickly discovered that most of our time would be spent playing in the middle of our living room. Which I love, because it puts us in the center of our home, but it also means whatever mess we create is on full display. And let’s face it, no matter how clean you try to keep your home, trying to keep clutter under control with kids around is definitely a force to be reckoned with. And it’s something I’ve been struggling with for awhile. But I’m excited to report that I have finally come up with 4 easy ways to declutter the living room after kids.
- Storage solutions: I am a big believer in the power of the basket. Walk into any room in our home, and chances are you’ll be able to spot a basket tucked away somewhere. Thankfully, wicker baskets work for the look we’re going for. But not only do they fit seamlessly in with our decor, but they also serve as a way to store away items that need a home, ie children’s toys.
- Purge items to make storage space: looking at our living room, I knew we were holding onto to things we didn’t really need, which was taking up perfectly good real estate in our space. I knew it was time to let a few things go. Once we cleared out some games we didn’t play, a few movies we hadn’t seen in years and a DVD player that was just collecting dust, we finally had some real space to work with! My favorite was clearing out our tv stand that held a lot of our DVDs, removing the shelves and stashing some of our toy baskets right underneath our tv. You can’t even tell we have any toys in there!
- Get creative with where you store things: when space is limited, you have to get creative with where you store items. That’s why I like to take flat children’s items, like wooden puzzles and magnet boards and slide them underneath our couches. Our couches are low enough to the floor that they slide easily underneath without being noticed, and our baby girl can just as easily slide them out whenever she wants to play with them.
- Limit what comes into your space: this may seem like a no-brainer, but one of the main ways I try to keep things uncluttered in our living room is by stopping it before it starts. If our baskets are full and we can’t find a home for our daughter’s other toys, then they either evict some other toys in the living room or they don’t get to stay. Not only does that cut down on the clutter in our living room, but I’ve also found that it helps rotates her toys which keeps her from getting bored of them too quickly. Win!
Granted, with children comes clutter, but having a handle on it definitely helps keep the stress level down in our home. I’ve also found that half of the fun for our little one is rediscovering her toys every day when she gets to pull them out again and play. And while I am a firm believer that memories are made in the mess, it’s nice for this mama to know everything has a place to call home at the end of the day.
How do you declutter your home with kids around?