Why I Took My Kids’ Clothes Away, Well Most of Them, And How Less Is More
Keeping a clean house can be downright challenging when you have kids. There have been several times when I’ve cleaned up a room and by the time the vacuum is put away- the room’s a mess again. Sigh. It feels like a never ending battle. I expect my kids to clean up their own messes including their rooms, ahem, well, at least I try. 🙂 For one of my children, this has been a challenge, an extreme challenge.
Ever since she could walk and climb, she found joy in pulling everything out of her closet and onto the floor. Nothing was safe, no matter how high, she would find a way to get it- and throw it on the floor. It was extremely frustrating. As she got older, the messes kept getting worse and bigger! Then one day, I just had enough. So I took away her clothes, well, most of them, and all the toys in her room.
S was my third child and clearly she had way too much stuff in her room. She had a lot of hand me downs plus her own stuff she’d accumulated in her 4 years of life (Yes, she was 4 by the time I did this (Why did I wait so long??)). I took a few boxes into her room, and I had her pick 5 tops, 5 bottoms, 5 pajamas, and that’s it. Everything else went into the box. At first, this was hard. I didn’t want to box up clothes that she had received as gifts or that were sentimental, but I did it. She got to pick 5 of each. Next, we removed all the toys and took them downstairs. Her closet looked so bare, but I figured I would have less mess to clean up every day. I put the boxes full of her clothes in her closet on the top shelf.
The result? She now has the cleanest room of all my children, and it stays clean! Even months later, she still keeps it clean. After years of emptying her closet every day, she stopped. As an extra bonus for me, her laundry is so easy because there isn’t much to wash.
This experience reinforced the idea that less is more and that children don’t need much to survive, thrive, and be happy.
Check out this post from Living Well Spending Less– she had a similar idea and I totally laughed when I read this. It’s nice to read about other moms who share your pain and have similar solutions.
What have you done to help control the chaos in your home?
Why I took my kids’ clothes away