Episode 33 – Guest expert, Kate Ibbotson, shares her insight into decluttering and organising children’s toys

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In this podcast, Lesley talks to Kate Ibbotson, Yorkshire based Professional Organiser and owner of A Tidy Mind, about decluttering and organising children's toys.

Kate is Mum to six year old twins, Henry and Eva, and knows first hand how difficult it can be to keep toys under control. She shares her insight into how best to handle decluttering and organising children's toys.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Large volumes of toys can be overwhelming to a small child.
  • Children will mimic their parents' behaviour and so we should model exemplary habits of organisation from an early age.
  • It's vital to encourage letting go of toys that are not being played with to make room for new ones.
  • Whether playrooms are the ideal place for children to play or just a huge help in storing and organising children's toys. 
  • The most common toy storage solutions we see are the IKEA Kallax, Trofast and Samla systems. Do they work?
  • How unlidded, transparent boxes work best for organising children's toys.
  • The categories that work well for children and the importance of keeping those categories broad when organising children's toys.
  • Incorporating tidy up time into a play session.
  • The move towards conscious spending in today's society.
  • The pros and cons of toy rotation.

Other related things you may find useful

We have blogs, downloadable checklists, a free closed Facebook group and lots of useful stuff in The Declutter Hub. You can also follow us on social media on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

You might also be interested in the blog, Seven habits that cause creative clutter in your workspace and what to do about them  or check out our free resource below.

If you want to find out more about Kate and her business,  you can find her on Facebook, Instagram and at her website, A Tidy Mind.

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