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How to declutter your kids’ rooms!


I have been in a major decluttering mood lately. Something about January makes me want to dig deep into our house and get things straightened out. For most of my life I lived like a wanna-be hoarder. It would take me so much effort to give away things I no longer used or needed. Those cute jeans I wore in college with the holes in them that will probably never fit me again (or would look horrible and outdated?!)- well I would hold on to them forever. Over the years I have had to train my mind to find the great joy in decluttering and organizing my home. I think I am finally getting the hang of it.


My daughters room was the first to tackle. I stepped into her room about a week after Christmas, and I wanted to pull my hair out. TOYS. EVERYWHERE. It was insane. That is when I decided we had to do something about this. I went to work. No mercy.

Below I list some tips for decluttering a childs’ room. Step by step.

What you need:

Several bins or laundry baskets

Garbage bags

Permanent marker




Dust rags


I started by stripping the bed. It was about time to wash her bedding, so I threw it all in the wash.


WOAH! How can so many things collect under one persons bed? I was amazed by the lost socks, lost stuffed animals, lost clothes, and lost (ew) crumbs of food under her bed. I salvaged anything worth keeping and put it into a basket for sorting later. I got a trash bag and threw away anything missing a pair, broken, or gross. I finished by sweeping the remains, and running our steam mop. I then moved her bed back.

PULL OUT ALL TOYS (and show no mercy!)

Now is not the time for nostalgia or any Toy Story metaphors. Get your kid involved if they have a say in what they want to keep, or do it away from them if you think they will freak out at the thought of giving toys away. My daughter has become accustomed to these declutter sessions, so she would rather be involved. We made a deal- for every new Christmas gift she got she had to give an old toy away to a friend or donate it. If she didn’t love her new toy enough then she could donate it instead of giving a toy away. This works extremely well for us. Ok- so all the toys are in the center of her room. It looks kind of crazy, like this:


…and we hadn’t started on her barbies or toy chest yet. Next step, grab your laundry baskets or garbage bags. Here is how you label them: TRASH, DONATE, SELL. Then, get started. Anything your child wants to keep, set aside. Anything that can be consigned or sold on Craigslist, Ebay, or swap sites put in one bin. Keep in mind, these items should be almost immaculate and current. Think newish My Little Pony figures with pretty hair or toys bought within the past couple of years. Next, sort through items that child doesn’t want and can be donated. Think items that are gently worn or used but still have plenty of wear. These are perfect for thrift stores or any charities nearby, or maybe a friend at your church with kids. Last, any items that are missing peices, broken, or ANNOY you- throw away. I truly try to limit my throw away pile since I hate contributing to landfill waste, but if it is broken or missing and you cannot think of a way to salvage it then don’t donate it. I don’t do toy rotation bins because I find my daughter truly has her favorite toys, and less is better for her. She has 10 My Little Pony’s she literally plays with 90% of the time- I could probably do away with the rest of her toys and she wouldn’t notice.

NOTICE- this portion of decluttering my be mind numbing. If you own legos or any toys with small peices, this is the most agonizing part. It took me at least TWO hours to go through every peice and organize where everything belongs. If you hate small peices and toys, now is the time to consider donating some toys with too many small peices.

Ok- take a deep breathe. If you got through this part you braved the worst. Take your bins away from your clean space and start the fun part! Organizing!



Before you go out and buy new bins or storage organizers, take an inventory of what you have and what you need. Chances are, if you decluttered like I did, you may already have plenty of storage and organizing bins to put toys away. Here is what I used: a toy chest for bigger and more random toy items, a small basket for barbies and Equestria girls, a large soft mesh basket for stuffed animals, two bins for dress up toys and accessories, a bin for her favorite doll and baby accessories, and her house dresser to store Shopkins, My Little Pony’s, and any other small figurines in dollar store bins. That’s it! I also kept one bin empty to utilize as her “catch all” bin- a bin we would empty once a week and put items in for the time being.

Have your child get involved in this part. Consider labeling bins, or printing pictures of what is inside the bin and securing to the outside of the bin. Every toy should have a home.



My last task was to get rid of unwanted items fast. I donated a few bags to friends’ at my church with young children. I also listed a few things on Craigslist and Ebay. My goal is to get rid of our items withint 14 days.


Finish up your project by dusting not usually dusted areas (high shelves, dressers, pictures, windows). Sweep and mop thoroughly. Vaccuum if you have carpet. I decided to wash her rug and her curtains since I hadn’t in a while. Step back and enjoy your finished project!

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Clutter collects fast. I am amazed at how fast her room has already gotten dirty since our major declutter. Life is messy. But at least now her room isn’t so difficult to clean. I love how everything has a place, and it is so much easier to do a quick pick up. I also think she enjoys playing in her room more. I have found that the less she has, the more she enjoys playing.


I have enjoyed teaching my daughter from a young age the importance of keeping a tidy space, being a good steward of her possessions, and giving items away to friends’ or charities when she no longer plays with them or wants them. I hope as she grows she will understand the values of giving things away as well as not clinging so much to her possessions. She loves her new, clean room!

What are some ways you declutter your childs’ room? Share with me!

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  • Reply Ashley Ponder

    I also recently did a huge decluttering. Don’t you just love how a new year gets you into action? I haven’t tackled the toys yet. I did however attack my beauty products. Big overhaul! I really need to get a hold on Jack’s toys. Might be a project for this weekend.

    January 13, 2016 at 7:46 am
  • Reply Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    I definitely need to do this in my kids rooms. The clutter builds up way too fast.

    January 13, 2016 at 9:06 am
  • Reply Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    I love these tips. We do a decent job in the kids room, but there’s always room for improvement.

    January 13, 2016 at 9:24 am
  • Reply JEANETTE

    I have tried decluttering my son’s playroom twice over the last month and I’m still working on it. Looks like you got some good ideas here.

    January 13, 2016 at 10:33 am
  • Reply lisa

    I decluttered my kids room over the Christmas break. What a project that was! But it is so much nicer and they have so much more room now!

    January 13, 2016 at 11:46 am
  • Reply Terri Beavers

    I live alone but I could use your tips to declutter my room lol. You did a great job, I wish I could be more organized in my home. It’s clean but it’s anything but organized.

    January 13, 2016 at 2:15 pm
  • Reply Erica Brooks

    Awesome makeover. I like the idea of the books being on the wall using vertical space instead of on the floor space. More room to play.

    January 13, 2016 at 6:14 pm
  • Reply Megan Elford

    My daughter is the worst for cluttering up her room. It’s also the go-to room when her friends come over, and they can make a huge mess! I have to declutter her room quite often, and this has given me some great ideas on making it go more quickly.

    January 13, 2016 at 7:40 pm
  • Reply ricci

    Great tips!! I need to declutter a few rooms in my own house!!

    January 13, 2016 at 8:31 pm
  • Reply Ann Bacciaglia

    I always found it hard to keep my kids rooms organized when they were younger. These are great tips. I will have to share this with my friends with little ones.

    January 13, 2016 at 10:14 pm
  • Reply victoria

    Wow i need to try this for my kids room, their room was a full of toys and the other things i love it to be organized.

    January 14, 2016 at 12:21 am
  • Reply Annemarie LeBlanc

    Wow. I loved how tidy the room looks now. I wish my boys were the same. I have to get more storage bins to put their stuff in.

    January 14, 2016 at 1:17 am
  • Reply Tatanisha Pitts-Worthey

    What a pretty room! I have 3 boys and yes life, I mean they’re room gets pretty messy! lol I go after clutter after clutter, but everything seems better now that they’re somewhat grown ups.

    January 14, 2016 at 5:39 am
  • Reply Chubskulit Rose

    How neat is your daughter’s room! My daughter’s room used to be cluttered with stuff but now she’s good at organizing stuff.

    January 14, 2016 at 8:01 am
  • Reply Melissa

    These are great tips. MY daughter’s room is a constant battle. I need all of the help I can get in there!

    January 14, 2016 at 8:36 am
  • Reply OurFamilyWorld

    Last week, I did a lot or purging and decluttering. The girls’ room look a lot better now.

    January 14, 2016 at 8:46 am
  • Reply Crystal Lopez

    We have actually started some of this process already. Decluttering is difficult especially the kids rooms. These are wonderful tips!

    January 14, 2016 at 11:08 am
  • Reply Lynndee

    Such a pretty room. Thank you for the tips and for the reminder. I do need to start decluttering my son’s room. The thought of it is making me dizzy. 🙂

    January 14, 2016 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply Britni

    Good for you! My kids rooms need a major over haul. Thanks for the great tips and motivation to actually get started!

    January 14, 2016 at 5:49 pm
  • Reply HilLesha

    I’ve been planning on decluttering and organizing my childrens’ rooms this weekend. I’m not really looking forward to it! ~lol~

    January 15, 2016 at 12:28 pm
  • Reply Claudia Krusch

    Great makeover. I like the idea of the books being on the wall. More room to play! Love it!

    January 15, 2016 at 7:30 pm
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