Let’s face it: as much as you adore your kids, they are huge impediment when it comes to keeping your home looking neat and tidy. Part of the problem is how many toys, games, and clothing items they seem to accumulate in such a short time span. No matter how much they love these items when they first receive them, they always manage to find their way to the back of the closet or bottom of a crowded drawer, unused and unwanted. Clear out the clutter as the kids grow up by following these simple tips:

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1)    Clear out the closets.

While younger kids may fit into hand-me-downs from older siblings, don’t be afraid to get rid of clothing once your youngest child has outgrown it. Go through the kids’ closets to determine what still fits and what does not, bagging those in the latter category in the process. You can either give away these old clothing items to family members or friends who have kids that are younger than yours or donate them to a charitable organisation. Another great idea is getting cash for clothing online through buyback websites like musicMagpie.


2)    Get rid of old toys and games.

How many times have you been coaxed into buying a toy or a video game that your child absolutely had to own, only to see them lose interest in said item within the first few weeks of playing with it? Don’t keep these unwanted toys and games lying around the house, taking up your precious shelf space. There are many ways to get rid of those unwanted items while making a bit of cash in the process. Websites like eBay, Preloved, Craiglist, and musicMagpie are great options for busy mums. If you want to get rid of a lot of items at once, consider holding an old fashioned garage sale instead.


3)    School projects

Now that the kids are back in school, you’ve probably noticed that your refrigerator doors and end tables have filled up with assignments and projects that your kids want to be proudly displayed in your home. While you certainly want to recognise you children’s achievements, it can be tough to decide what to do with these old assignments and school projects once your children bring another set of A-papers or art projects. The best assignments may be kept in a special folder or scrapbook that commemorates your children’s achievements. Bigger items—like trophies and medals—can be kept in a special bin. Be selective when you’re deciding what you should ultimately keep or discard: not every assignment deserves to be kept forever. Consider what is really important and don’t be afraid to clear out the rest.

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