Has your playroom become overcrowded? Are you spending too much time picking up? Do you have trouble finding things you need, or just feel overwhelmed by all of your classroom "Stuff"? If you answered yes, join us for our Playroom Decluttering BINGO Challenge that starts on 2/1/2020!
How does it work?
Let go of an item in the BINGO category and mark off the space on your card. Complete 5 tasks in a row, and you'll be eligable to earn an entry in our giveaways at the end of the challenge.
How do I participate?
Participating is easy! Simply:
1. Join our FB Group by 1/31/20
2. Print or Screenshot the Decluttering Challenge BINGO board
3. Work towards a goal of eliminating at least one item that you no longer need, want, use or love within each challenge focus area.
Stay focused on your goal!
I know it can be tempting to use your time during this challenge to organize your space-but please remember the goal of this decluttering challenge is to get rid of the items that aren't adding value to your space.
After the challenge is over, you will have more open space, and less items to clean and pick up. With your decluttering complete, you can now use the time you had been spending on cleaning, and picking up to organize, and find proper homes for the toys and supplies you decided to keep.
How do I know what to let go?
Throughout our challenge, I'll be offering support and tips for what you should let go, but ultimately it's your decision.
Think about the items in your space that actually get "touched" during the day, during the Month, or even during the Year.
Kids are often content with less. For some inspiration on letting go of toys, Here is a great article written by Minimalist Joshua Becker on why fewer toys will benefit your kids.
When you get stuck ask yourself:
Let it go..
To prevent the items you are letting go from piling up through the week, you will need to need carve out a place to "temporarily" store theses items before they leave your home/classroom. I recommend that you set up a simple sorting station consisting of a "Sell" box, a "Donate" box, and a Garbage Bag.
Sorting Station Tips
What should you do with the items you are letting go?
Garbage: Dispose of broken, and dangerous items.
Sell: Consider listing your items on a local FB Buy Sell, page
Donate: Consider donating to another early childhood educator such as local daycare, preschool program, youth program or just post your items for Free on a local FB Buy/Sell or pay it forward site. Check with local non-profits serving young children, and your local public schools.
You've got this.
DeCluttering can be a mental work out. I'll be making weekly suggestions to help you along the way. Set a daily timer for 15 minutes, turn on some of your favorite music, and pace yourself.
One great way to keep yourself motivated is by sharing before and after photos or posting photos of what you let go. At the end of the challenge you can look back and actually see the progress you made.
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