I’ve talked about baby clutter before so pardon me if I’ll talk about it again. My friends have told me to just chill when it comes to baby clutter. Some days the little boy throws his cars and blocks around and I’m like, “Oh yeah I’m a chill Mom, I’ll fix it later.” Then there are days when I have the energy to sing a song to motivate the toddler to clean. “Tidy up! *whistle whistle* Tidy up!,” I sing, sing, sing. Sometimes it works, most times it doesn’t. He often takes the song as a cue to happily throw stuff around some more. Wee! Mommy’s singing! It’s playtime! *play play, clutter clutter, dance, dance, wee!*
Most days I can’t stand a single thing out of place. He spills a basket of toys, I clean it up right away. He pulls toys out of his shelf, I put them back as soon as he starts moving on to the next room. Why is that when I’m feeling most meticulous that the the toddler is most clutter-happy?
Here are some tips that worked for me on organizing kiddie clutter. Let me know if it works for you too!
1. Cluster the clutter.
In our room, we have a designated spot for toy cars, for books, for balls. It’s far from being a candidate for a feature in a home magazine, but at least I’m trying to clear space floor for us to walk on. Yeah yeah, I know it’s still clutter but at least the clusters give the semblance of an organized room.
2. Put a basket in every room.
Then there are times that I’m too tired to put the clutter back in their proper place. My husband doesn’t like coming home to a messy room, and I don’t like waking up to a huge mess. That’s where the handy basket comes in! Just scoop all the toys into the basket and ta-da! Instant clutter-free room. You can do this in 5 minutes.
3. Clean up when he naps.
This is my technique now and it seems to work. That is if I don’t nap along with him.
4. Have your toddler help you.
This is fun when it works, but it’s a slow burn. Timmy now knows where to put back his cars when he’s done, but other than that we’re still getting there. You need super patience for this one!
5. Play in a tent.
Toddlers love having their own little coves. I like this tent because three sides are see-through. While he’s playing with his rings and toys inside, I can supervise. The toys are also kept inside the tent so whew, less clutter outside.
6. I know, I know: Just relax.
On some days, for as long as you don’t lose the baby in the clutter, it’s fine. Haha!
There will be headache-inducing, cluttery days, but not everyday is like that! Sometimes the little one is on neat mode and everything is fine and dandy in playland.
Until he rediscovers the joy of playing and leavings toys around the room. But that’s fine, because by then I’ve recharged my batteries and am back to decluttering mode, or chilling out mode, depending on what kind of day it is.
How’s your EQ when it comes to kiddie clutter? Are you more of the “laid back, we’ll fix it later” type or the “we have to clean up ASAP!” type?