Today marks Day10 of 14 Days to a Clean Home. We’ve worked through our Home Office, Kitchen and Dining Rooms, as well as done some basic interior and exterior cleaning in those spots that tend to be neglected.
For me the home office and the bedrooms have been the hardest spots for me. Clutter seemed to take over, which makes me feel overwhelmed and I shut down.
Going through these spaces with a fine tooth comb and giving them a fresh new look has me feeling like a ton of bricks have been lifted off my shoulders!
Here’s a look at the work I did yesterday is the kids’ bedrooms.
The above photos show the progression of my daughter’s bedroom, from absolutely terrible to do-able. Personally, I would like for a little bit more of the clutter and “stuff” to be out of there–but this isn’t my space. I have to keep telling myself that over and over again! I want their rooms to be all about them and their unique space–but, there’s a line I have to draw somewhere!
Since Blake was napping when I snatched the before photos–I only have after shots of Noah and Blake’s bedrooms. The whole sharing of rooms thing is a tough spot for Noah, our almost-8 year old. Blake is almost 3, so they’re playing habits are different and Noah tends to get annoyed with that. And seeing as how Blake only picks up after himself on occasion (and with some coaxing), well an almost-8 year old doesn’t have time for that!
For their space, I wanted very little furniture–so we went with bunk beds and one dresser. I’ve often tossed the idea of getting rid of the dresser all together and just using the closet. But, these are boys with definite play clothes and good clothes—and since I have 3 of them, hand-me downs are a-plenty. As witnessed by their very full closet!
Use Baskets or Containers
I’ve found that with almost any space, baskets or containers are the perfect solution to organizing just about anything. For the boys’ bedroom, I used canvas baskets to organize their hot wheel sized cars, trailers, bigger sized trucks and cars and then their guns and miscellaneous toys that are used regularly.
Underneath their bed, which I forgot to snap a picture of, I’ve used crates (similar to these organizing crates) to organize their heavier toys, such as their wooden train tracks and trains and a big Playmobil Castle set.
With everything separated out, they’re able to take one tote out at a time, play with it, pick it back up and move on to something else. This is, in an ideal world.
Keep it Simple
While it might be hard to tell it not, we’ve downsized their toys considerably–and you know what? They’ve never complained.
Too much is overwhelming. When it’s down to the basics and the most played–they won’t have so much to pick up and worry about, and the decision on what to play with is easy. Too many decisions can often be a bad thing.
We’ve gotten rid of toys simply by asking the kids what they would like to get rid of and donate–or by taking some outside, only to bring it back in after a couple of months and swap it out with another toy.
Keep it Fresh
We all like the feeling of a new space every once in a while. Oftentimes, just a slight move of furniture in a bedroom can make all the difference. Or a new rug, or set of curtains. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, but a new-feeling space makes it more inviting and welcoming–which will hopefully help it stay organized.
What is your hang up when it comes to children’s rooms?
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P.S. I forgot to mention that the big, bright yellow thing on the boys’ wall is a Peg Board Pipe Wall. We orginally seen it at the Discovery Center in Springfield, and Noah would not leave it! We finally decided that we could re-create it at home with some leftover PVC pipe from Project Major Home Addition, $20 worth of peg board, and some leftover paint from a previous project. All the extra pipe pieces are stored in the bottom drawer of his dresser. Another reason I can’t get rid of it.