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Decluttering with little kids

Uploaded: Jan 19, 2016

Like many families, we are starting out the new year by sorting through our stuff. Figuring out what to keep and what to get rid of.

While I do enjoy the end result, I find it very challenging to declutter with little kids. Rather than carving out an afternoon or a weekend to work, I find myself with small chunks of time throughout the day - ranging anywhere from 5 minutes to two hours. It really depends on whether a kid is sick, teething or otherwise unsettled.

So far my kids have enjoyed checking out some of the little trinkets I've collected over the years that have no place to go. And I've learned that their scribbles and old toys usually hold much more sentimental value to me than they do to my kids.

As with many tasks, it's challenging to find the right balance between working and enjoying the moment. So, as you can guess, it is taking me awhile to sort through our belongings.

I think many things will end up in boxes for me to "deal with later." Someday when I don't have a preschooler or a toddler asking me to play.

How do you declutter with little ones? Did you end up leaving a lot of it to deal with later?