I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to concentrate my cleaning efforts on the most public places of the house – the living room, the kitchen, any of the places that I can’t really hide, if somebody drops by. When I have the time and inclination to clean, I always start with these rooms.
And, since I don’t really care for cleaning all that much, I never seem to make my way to the more private areas of the house. Like the bedrooms. That’s one reason I’m so glad I committed to doing this Project: Simplify. So far, all of the missions have kept me upstairs in the bedrooms, dealing with things I have been neglecting for far too long.
This week was no exception. The mission? Kids’ clothes and toys.
I took that as my cue to completely tear apart the boys’ room and put it back together again. I think somewhere along the line I gave up on their space, and I gave up on making them maintain it. But no more. They deserve better – we all do! So, let me just tell you, the before pictures that follow are, well, embarrassing! I mean, I am usually for “keeping it real” around here, but only to a point.
Maybe I’ll show you my dining room clutter once in a while, but I rarely take you upstairs. And to be honest, the only reason you are going up there now, is because these mortifying shots are of scenes that no longer exist. So are you ready to see what I’ve been doing all week? First stop: the floor.
Let’s just say that there were several bags of trash, and many more bags of donations generated by this cleanup project.
Next: dresser and the laundry baskets in front of it.
There were very little clothes actually in the dresser, since the drawers were blocked from being opened by the baskets. The boys share this dresser, and to be honest they outgrew it years ago. Four drawers for two growing boys just doesn’t work. Their pants didn’t fit the space at all anymore, and needed someplace (besides the top of the dresser) to live. Which brings me to: the closet. (Please forgive the blurry photo – I had to balance myself on top of a pile of toys and wedge the door open to get the shot – not much opportunity to worry about camera stabilization!)
I bought these hanging organizers at Target months ago. I’ve had this re-organization and purging of the kids’ clothes on my mind for some time, I just lacked the push to get moving until now. (I think I need to do some laundry – Eamonn is all out of “comfy” pants, and Aidan is out of jeans.)
Next: the bookshelves.
I got rid of all of the board books, with the exception of a few Sandra Boynton books that had sentimental value, and I ditched a bunch of other books that didn’t seem worth keeping. Now everything fits nicely on the shelves once again.
Next: the finishing touches.
The blank walls have bothered me for some time, so I re-hung the E that had fallen down, put up Eamonn’s favorite calendar from the local Chinese food place (you can’t see it from this angle), and bought a couple of posters for the walls.
I also was inspired to finish making twin-size quilts for each of their beds. Unfortunately, there are only so many hours in a day, so I only managed to get 3/4 of Aidan’s top done, and nothing at all sewn on Eamonn’s. For now I just put the lap quilts I made them a few years ago back on the beds, and am hoping I don’t lose steam on the new larger ones!
I’m so glad to have a weekend to recover now. That hot spot took a lot out of me! Fair warning: I may just phone it in when it comes to next week’s mission – I’m pooped!