Families and Clutter

Written by Bronwyn Durand

As a mom of four busy children, one with special needs, it is difficult not to allow all the goods they require and want in a day to take over not only our home

but each ones personal space as well. As our first experience of parenting we were blessed with baby number one and two within seven months of each other. The number of bottles, nappies and changes of clothes doubled over night. Not long after that we were blessed with a little one with special needs and after a break our last little one arrived.

I realized very quickly how much clutter children could generate. When you have a multitude of people, each with their own personalities and needs under one roof, the level of items each one possess quickly increases. Children are growing and developing and changing constantly. Along with this development comes an automatic increased level of goods. Homework and school work is generated daily, sports and extra murals weekly, books, artworks, collections and awards are special memories to be kept and hobbies, toys and games have a life of their own. Some parents have children with special needs. They need to keep track of medication, special appointments and different clothing the child might need.

Starting in the baby phase children need goods that help keep them fed and clean all day. Where ever you go you need to take bottles, nappies, creams and a toy or two along with you. Then you have toddlers who need extra sets of clothing and a toy to share with a friend. Younger children and teenagers like their electronic devices. They need school clothes, sport clothes, casual clothes, warm clothes, cool clothes, fashionable clothes, clothes to sleep in and then shoes haven’t been addressed…. Children have their own special soft toys and favorite blankets and pillows.

Medical needs generate a lot of clutter as well. Parents need the basic pain meds, teething gels, constipation solutions, and vitamins, anti histamines, decongestants and then come the antibiotics and chronic medications. The more children you have the more complicated this can become.

In general I have found that having systems in place and staying on top of the goods children generate can be helpful. Although it takes time to develop it is important to included children in completing chores, taking responsibility for their own goods and taking part in regular de-cluttering. Developing a team mentality with respect for each other’s space and a collective responsibility makes keeping a home manageable and easier to live in.

Last modified on Friday, 30 June 2017 08:58