Week 1 of my Project Simplify de-cluttering mission went great! I tackled the Girls’ Room because, well, let’s be real – it was in BAD SHAPE.
My two daughters share a room and between both of their junk, and the junk that’s piled up over the years, their once-cute bedroom had become a haven for random purses, dollhouse pieces, and assorted hair accessories.
Oh and the place where laundry goes to die.
Not only did their room need to be de-cluttered but thanks to a busy month of camping trips, birthday trips and the like, the mess level was off the charts.
Yes, I realize that you might judge me but I’m all about keeping it real.
So I tackled their bookshelf first. Mostly because it was the least scary and because I adore books. I remember where each book came from and the time in their lives when they got it. [I totally realize that I may or may not sound like those tragic people on Hoarders] But I forced myself to sort their books into 3 piles: 1 – to give away; 2 – to move to L’il Buddy’s room because the girls had outgrown them; and 3 – to keep! I was also able to collect their board games and craft kits from assorted location around the room and place them in clear view on the bottom shelf. Hurrah!
Next up was the dreaded CORNER. This particular corner of their room has become the repository for all of the stuff that didn’t have “a home.” There was everything from empty American Girl doll boxes (why?) to Nintendo DS accessories to dress-up costumes. I hit the corner with my industrial trash bags in tow and cleared out 2 bags worth. Wowzers.
Don’t mind the overflowing laundry basket in the distance. I’m working on it.
Finally, they girls took inventory of their dresser items and we managed to clear out a lot of unnecessary things. We narrowed the dresser top down to one basket for toiletry-type items, another for hair accessories and then their respective jewelry boxes. Oh and of course a basket for Giggles’ beauty products. Ahem.
We also re-folded the clothes in their “armoire” (which used to be our old china cabinet when we first bought our house) = re-purposing at its best.
Everyone loved the new and improved de-cluttered room. I still have to sort out the clothes in their bursting closet and overstuffed drawers though. But in the meantime, at least we can see the carpet again!