Well, not really that bad. Since the boys got their own rooms, we were actually able to cut down on a lot of this clutter thankfully. It was still messy though so we all pitched in and got it looking like this:
We flip-flopped the activities in the room and now have all of the boys crafts, coloring books, reading materials, etc at the front of the room with a big table. It’s nothing fancy or big deal but just this one step really cut down on the clutter we were experiencing. Also, we moved the boys’ computers and TV’s into their rooms so that really helped, too.
I’m not sure why but this arrangement just works so much better. In our quest for an organized life, we cleaned out the two closets in the playroom. One held a bunch of kitchen equipment refugees, things I use but just don’t have room for in the kitchen. The other held tons of board games and VHS tapes and DVD’s. So we did the flip-flop again.
We sorted the games into categories: kids, family, and grownups (ryan’s categories) and the kids games all got moved upstairs while the family and grownups games stayed in this closet you see here. Ryan and Iain were wonderful help on this project!
Our next move was to put all of the kitchen supplies into the other closet:
This is great because now I can see where everything is and I don’t have to pull all the stuff out of the closet to get to one pan. There are still some toys in there that the boys outgrew and then there’s my naked Cabbage Patch Doll, but for the most part it has become the home for kitchen things, extra bags, and the dogs’ food and bowls. It has been wonderful having all these things in here!
Y’all, I got so crazy with cleaning that I even cleaned off the top of my washer/dryer and now I can actually fold clothes on top of it!
It just feels good to be able to do that and not have to fight the army of giant lint balls that had formed a front line on top of my equipment. It had become straight-up crazy in there.
De-cluttering has been traveling through the house, slowly but surely. It moved from the playroom to the family room:
Believe me, I’m well aware that our home is not perfect. It’s still a messy place but it just feels SO much better now. I’ve been keeping our room clean, making up the bed every day, and what a difference that makes. It’s just an overall sense of peace that we’re all experiencing now and I have no doubt that it’s due to cleaning up all that clutter.
The boys’ rooms are not perfect either and that’s ok. It’s more manageable having it separated instead of it being one giant hellstorm. They really seem to be happy with it, too. They can find things easier and they enjoy their own space. All in all, our house has been a happy, busy place for the past few days. A trend I’m hopeful will continue in the days to come!