For this weeks organizing challenge we will be working in our children’s bedroom. Are you ready for the One Week Organizing Challenge: Children’s Bedrooms?To begin, I want to share with you what I did when my girls were little ones. Twice a year I would organize, declutter, and rearrange their bedroom. I would do this in the spring and again in the fall. In the fall, it was mainly a clean out time so they would have room for any new toys they might be receiving at Christmas. We would then give their toys to those less fortunate. While doing so, we were teaching the girls the importance of helping others and of giving.
Now that our girls are older, I typically help them go through their room once during the summer. Then, just a quick tidy during the Christmas break. So, with the holidays fast approaching there is no better time than the present to get your children’s rooms back in shape. This is a challenge that may seem rather daunting. Honestly, it isn’t one of my most favorite weeks. With one of my girls – Monster Mom has a tendency of coming out more frequently during the week we clean up her room. So, I can assure you that I completely understand if you are cringing right now.
If you have a child (like me) who tends to be a little messy, this will be a great time to help them start some good organizing habits. Or, just habits that will get them on a better routine. I like to think my messy child can’t help it. She is the more creative of the two. Though I can assure you, it doesn’t help with the frustration when she has made a mess all over the floor.
If you have a child who is neat and tidy (like me again) this week will be a breeze. If you don’t have too much to do in their room, maybe after you have gone through every item – you can help them rearrange their furniture, maybe help them make a pretty chore list. And make sure their current organizing system is working for them.
Ready to begin on our weekly endeavor? I am ready to do this with you as we have already completed several of the rooms already. Let’s begin.
You may have a child whose floor is covered with so much stuff you need to step on things just to walk through their bedroom door. That is the reason we start with the floor. While you spend your day on the floor separating into four piles of trash, keep, donate, and what belongs in other parts of the house be sure to go ahead and tackle under the bed also. At the end of your first day, be sure to take the trash to the trash can, donate items need to leave the room as soon as possible, the items that belong in other parts of the house need to go to their homes, and the items that will ultimately stay in their room, need to find their home also. If you don’t have an organizing system as of yet, then make piles with like items together that way later in the week we can talk about storage systems. Once the floor is cleared and the only items left on the floor are the items your child is keeping then you are done for the day.
Flat surfaces include, but aren’t limited to, tops of dressers, tops of desks, bookshelves, and anything else you may have in their room that is flat. Again, four piles – trash, keep, donate, and then a pile for things that don’t belong in their room. You may think it to be a bit odd that I have you make piles, the reason behind it is to keep you from having to leave the room a million times and possibly losing your focus. Once you have finished with all the flat surfaces and tended to each of the piles. You are done for the day. Be sure that your keep pile items gets separated out into the other piles you have already created.
Closet & Dresser
Clothes day, by the end of this days session you are going to be tired of looking at clothes. Every piece of clothing that your child has needs to be touched and gone through. If it doesn’t fit, if it is messed up and stained, if you have too many of one item, then it is time get rid of it. It is so much more enjoyable to wear clothes you can see that to wear the same clothes over and over because you can’t find anything else since it it on the bottom of the pile.
This would be desk drawers or anything else that you have that has drawers. You need to pull out all your drawers and go through everything. Separating into four piles again. Trash, keep, donate, and put back where it belongs piles.
If you keep toys in a toy box, storage containers, boxes, etc. This is what you will be going through today. If you are more on the OCD side, this is where you will have to make sure to match all the barbie shoes, Lego’s, etc.
However, if you are more the way I wish I was, like my sister, it won’t bother you to put every barbie shoe or Lego in a plastic container and be done with it.
Now, when you come across things that your child no longer plays with – put it in a pile to pass along to another child who would enjoy the toys.
This is also the day for organization. If you have nothing for organization, think of what works easiest for you. Keeping in mind that what will work for you today, may not in three years and that is okay. When I first started being more aware of organizing, I liked those plastic shoe boxes for things, a long time later I realized that is not the person I am.
Let me just say – best aha moment I had every had up until that point. What I am saying is, find what works for you and your child. You can get the hanging shoe rack for behind the door that is see through and put toys in it. This works really well. I have several in our house that I use for different things.
I say rest day, but don’t get your hopes up. You will still be doing things for the room today. For starters, all the items you have decided to get rid of. Figure out where you will give them and take them. Take them TODAY. Let me explain why, when you don’t take them straight away, before you know it those toys find their way BACK into your child’s bedroom. And, the funny part is – no one is quite sure how they got in the bedroom because you know that your sweet child didn’t do it. Must be Toy Story coming to life in your own home is the only logical thing, right? So, all toys and things we are getting rid of need to leave the house on this day.
Also, today – let’s fill out a chore sheet for your child to follow. There are lots on Pinterest you can find.
Once you have done these two things for the day, you are finished until tomorrow. Tomorrow is your last day and you don’t have much left to do. Are you finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel?
Can you believe you are on your very last day of your child’s room? I bet you are so excited and I bet their room looks absolutely incredible. So, for the last little bit of what needs to be done today. Change the sheets on the bed. Dust and vacuum. And with lots of prayers, the way you see their room right now will be the way you see it in a week and even better, a month.
Which one has been your favorite room to organize and declutter so far? Was it the master bedroom? The kitchen or the bathrooms? Or how about my favorite, the laundry room? I would love for you to leave a comment and tell me which one you have enjoyed the most and how much you are enjoying this weekly process.
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