Marie Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, recently came out with her own Netflix show. And while the book was met with rave reviews, many parents struggled with a lot of her ideas. Things like only keeping items that “spark joy” – as if sippy cups and potty chairs “spark joy”!
But it seems she does have a few tips that could work for a family like yours.
- Organize drawers the right wayMarie says that the clothes in our drawers (think t’shirts) should always be folded and displayed front to back, rather than in stacks that you have to dig through, making them a mess in the process.
- Give everything a homeWhether it’s socks in the sock drawer, stuffed animals in the right bin, or simply a spot on the floor for the lego towers, everything in your house should have a home. Then when you ask your kids to help you tidy up, they know where things should go.
- Make it fun
Easier said than done, yes, but music and an upbeat attitude can help with tidying up as much as dinner prep and even bedtime. So put on your dancing shoes and get to work! *NOTE: *has also been known to entice kids to jump in and help. :)