By now everyone has probably heard of Marie Kondo. Have you read her book "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" or binged her Netflix show "Tidying Up?" Just in case you haven't, let me give you a quick crash course. Marie is a tidying expert who helps people declutter their lives. If it doesn't "spark joy," IT'S OUT.
With that in mind I thought it would be fun to do a little Marie Kondo Kids version today and give five tips on how you can declutter your kid's space so it sparks joy for them.
Let's get to sparkin'
1. All at once. One of the main things Marie talks about is doing everything at once. She says that if you just declutter a little at a time you'll spend your whole life tidying.
2. Joy. Marie thanks all items for the purpose they served before she decides to let them go. Encourage your children to try this and thank the items they are getting rid of I really like this idea because I think it also encourages them to be mindful and thankful for what they have. Just because your items don't bring YOU joy anymore doesn't mean they won't bring someone else joy.
3. Kids should focus on what they are KEEPING, not what they are GETTING RID OF. Keep it positive. Kids as small as 3 years old are old enough to tell you what sparks joy to them and what doesn't.
4. Kids get the final say. Yup, that's right. If you're bringing your kids along on this adventure and having them step up to Marie Kondo the heck out of their lives, they get the final say. Parents might want to really get rid of a sweater but that sweater might really spark joy to your five year old. Let them keep it. What sparks joy to one might not to another, and that's awesome.
5. Do everything. Marie suggests starting with clothing and then working your way to everything else like toys and yes, even kids art work and projects. Gasp. You can do it. So can your children.
What do you guys think? Have you Marie Kondo'd your life yet? What about your kids' lives?