We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming so that Jenae can get
her house her kids’ stuff in order. Perhaps you’d like to join us? Because nothing says “spring” like nicely organized closets, bookshelves, and playrooms!
I don’t know about you, but I can pretty much stay on top of my house when it is just my stuff I have to worry about. My husband does a great job of hanging up his clothes and helping out with things here and there, so I can’t complain about his stuff either. But my kids…oh my kids…dealing with their “stuff” day in and day out is enough to give me anxiety.
To keep the clutter in check, we typically purge and reorganize about twice per year: Once right before Christmas before we prepare to bring more toys into our house and once in the spring when I have had enough!
Well, I’ve had enough…so it’s time to start purging and organizing! And I have issues following through with things, so I figured if I asked you to join me perhaps I would be more accountable! :)
Want to Join the Spring Cleaning: Kid’s Edition Challenge? It’s not so much “cleaning” as it is purging and organizing.
We’re going to break the organizing/purging into 4 days with a different focus for each day.
I’m going to try to work a day ahead so that I can have posts ready for you each morning. :)
Are you ready to join us?
Today’s Assignment: Clean out your children’s closets and drawers. Pack away clothing that is too small or out of season. Get rid of clothing you no longer want.
I know, I know…it’s a lot! If you have multiple children, you may want to do one child’s closet/drawers per day. Since this is a task I couldn’t do while the boys napped/had quiet time, they watched way more than their daily quota of television. It’s okay…it’s just one day. :)
Many wonderful parents involve their children when they want to give things away, giving them an opportunity to exhibit generosity. I don’t…even though I have attempted it in the past. The reason being that my kids won’t play with a particular item for months (sometimes even years) but as soon as I say “Let’s give this away” they get about as possessive as Gollum in Lord of the Rings. I’m chalking it up to a developmental stage and not worrying about their lack of generosity quite yet. Needless to say, it is WAY EASIER (and way less drama) if I happily find another home for the items while the children are blissfully unaware of my shenanigans. Ninety-five percent of the time they don’t even ask about the items that have been given away!
Here are the before and afters at our house:
Big Brother’s Closet
Big Brother’s Dresser:
Chest of drawers (forgot to take a before picture):
Little Brother’s Closet:
Little Brother’s drawer (no before pictures, just imagine it looking 100 times worse than this!):
Little Brother’s dresser…no before picture, but there was all sorts of stuff on the top of it. And yes, those are newborn pictures on the wall. The child is almost 3 1/2 years old…think it’s time for some new pictures?!?! Maybe next week… ;)
The nicely-made bed…I wonder how long it will stay that way!
Since we hand down Big Brother’s clothes to Little Brother, I store them in these Flexible Tote Bags. They are easy to store and keep the clothes protected!
For the clothes that I want to get rid of, I record the items on a spreadsheet with the following information: Date, Description, Estimated Retail Value, and where the item was donated to. We then take this off our taxes at the end of the year. I don’t do garage sales. I could give you a million reasons why, but it mainly boils down to the fact that this works best for us.
The closets and dressers are done! Now onto the next task tomorrow…stay tuned! :)
Joining us a little late? No problem! Go here for each day’s challenge: