This the perfect time to start thinking about cleaning up a little and decluttering, ready to start the new year afresh. Christmas also causes an influx of new toys and often surprise gifts that we need to find places for.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up was life changing for many of us. However, it left us with lots of questions about how to do it with children. I'm looking for ideas on how other parents declutter with kids, how far do you go, how far is too far. I want to know what minimalism looks like with children. I've been looking for practical tips, real-life examples that are to the point.
From a Montessori perspective and to see why I feel an ordered environment is important, you can read my previous posts Protecting their sense of order - having a clutter free and organised home and Why shelves work better than a toy box. These are the current resources on decluttering and minimalism with kids that I am loving!
- No Excuses: Minimalism with Kids at Zen Habits by Leo Babauta (who has six kids). This is short and on point. You can also read his guest essay at The Minimalists. Leo also features on the Minimalism documentary (Netflix). He was good to listen to, really down to earth and realistic, but I would love to see inside his kids' rooms.
- Clutterfree with Kids: Change your thinking. Discover new habits. Free your home by Joshua Becker. My number one book on decluttering with kids.
- How to Become Minimalist with Children by Joshua Becker at Becoming Minimalist.
- Living Clutter-Free with Kids in the House by Mike and Jen Burns. Really practical and honest.
- Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids. This is a good book to read but I need to re-read and refresh every six months or so.
I haven't read Minimalist Parenting, let me know if you can recommend it. I always get into a cleaning frenzy after Christmas. Are you in relaxing mode or in clean up mode? I'd love to hear about your current decluttering or minimalism inspirations!