Only one of the kids uses closet racks and that’s Mercedes. Her room isn’t really big enough for a dresser so instead she has a small dresser for underwear, socks, and pjs, shelves for pants, and racks for all her shirts and dresses. Now that the seasons are switching this is actually the perfect time to take on this task. I can remove all the summer clothes that are still hung up to take away the temptation to come upstairs in a tank top when it’s only 40* outside.
Since the beginning of the year when I planned out this whole list of decluttering tasks I knew that this week I would take on the drawers for the little boys. Why? Because their sock drawer was ridiculous. Last spring we kept pulling out infant socks. As in itty bitty newborn socks. Um, they were two and a half. But being the true procrastinator I am I put off the task until this week. Obviously.
Don’t try and declutter kid spaces with kids around. Every single item becomes their most prized possession and they will never, ever, ever, want to part with it. You must do these jobs stealthily until they can understand that it’s okay to let unneeded items go. Watching you declutter your items can be a way to demonstrate this but don’t try and include them in their own unless you are ready to hear story after story of how special that ripped hat is to them. Seriously. Multiple stories on a broken cowboy hat. Just tackle it yourself.
Okay, so we’ve already cleaned off the tops of our desks or work surfaces, gone through the office paperwork, and sorted through drawers. What could possibly be left that would fall under school or office supplies that wouldn’t have been touched in this area?
Great question, Jan! Alright, there isn’t a Jan, I just threw a name out there. But really, it’s a good question.
I needed this week. I’m a craft supply hoarder but I rarely get the chance to craft anymore. Oh sure, I occasionally get the chance to do something like painting but for a very long period of our marriage I was a scrapbooker. I really enjoy scrapbooking and one day I want to do it again. But now is not the time. With three kids still at home during the day, five kids home at night and on the weekends, being a leader in my MOPS group, blogging, and all those other things that need to happen for daily life to function I simply can’t make time for scrapbooking.
I don’t know if you noticed a couple weeks ago when we decluttered the desk surface but we don’t have drawers in our desk. But we do have a kitchen cart (that has never actually been located in the kitchen) that we used for make shift desk drawers. Inside we stored all those items that you’d find in regular desk drawers: post it notes, pens and pencils, charging cords, instruction manuals, and then every other random item we didn’t know where to put. That’s what desk drawers are for, right? Right?
I won’t have a whole lot for this week because we don’t subscribe to any magazines other than LEGO and we don’t receive the newspaper. We do get a fair amount of junk mail (who doesn’t?) but because we don’t have a place to set it down 99% of it gets tossed as soon as we walk in the house or sometimes straight into the recycling bin in the garage.
For office paperwork I figured the place I needed to take on the most is the bag I use for MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers). I’ve been on leadership for the past seven years and I’ve had this bag for at least five of them. I honestly don’t know the last time I cleaned it out. At the end of every year I throw it in my closet until it’s time to dig it out again for another year. I knew this was going to be interesting!
How did cleaning out your car go? Did you find just a little or were there icky gross things hiding in the dark corners? I’m often afraid of sticking my hand under a seat to grab a mitten and finding a squishy old banana instead. Blargh.
I’m not sure there is any place that collects clutter faster than a car. Even if you aren’t a family that drives a ton it still builds up and reproduces faster than it seems possible. We are usually only in the car two days each week for longer than just back and forth from school. On Friday we go grocery shopping and on Sunday we go to church. The other five days we tend to stay home.
AND YET THE JUNK IN THE CAR!