I've been to Beverly Kain's home and I can attest to the fact that it's spotless. I have seen her daughters' rooms and they are not cluttered with toys.
Here's Kain's secret: Before each birthday or gift-getting holiday, she asks her girls, ages 9 and 13, to get rid of some of their old ones. After all, they want to live in a clean space too, said Kain, owner of House-N-Order, a home decorating and organizing business based in Cary. I featured Kain on Monday.
Here's my experience getting rid of toys: To make room for Christmas gifts, I quietly purged our own play room, giving away a giant box of toys and clearing out all of the clutter in that room. It was very obvious, at least to me, that things were missing.
I was shocked when my kids didn't miss or ask about any of the missing toys. When my three-year-old stumbled on the box, she decided the toys were "old" and left them alone. In fact, what happened was they actually started playing with the toys that were left.
Lesson learned. I heartily endorse Kain's recommendation.
To hear more from Kain, watch my quick interview with here. For more about her business, go to House-N-Order's website. And check back next Wednesday for another tip from Kain.