Last May I worked hard and whipped my daughter’s room into shape as seen here.
Well, it has been nine months since we did a purge/reevaluation of her toy situation, and her shelves have started looking like this.
We desperately needed to go through all her toys and books to re-access what she still plays with and reads, and what she doesn’t. Besides the obvious reason (see above), after organizing my youngest son’s shelves a few weeks ago, I was extra motivated to get this room done as well.
So we dug in, and by “we,” I mean “me.”
Sorting and purging trash and unused or broken toys…
We even brought all the kids’ stuffed animals into the living room to see if they were willing to get rid of some. Can you imagine why? Holy moly, that’s a LOT of stuffed animals. They agreed to donate 10 each.
Do you think they picked any of the bigger ones?
Ummm, no, and actually, this pile only seems to have nine…
They had many larger options, but no, they are staying. They get it honestly, because I always seem to get attracted to the soft fuzzy ones in the store as much as they do.
We are relocating a lot of the stuffed animals to the basement play area because they can trap quite a bit of dust, and I don’t want them breathing all that in while they sleep. We are still negotiating how many they can have in bed at night with them. In the past it has been so bad, my daughter has slept on the very edge of the bed because of all the animals that she insisted on having in bed with her–crazy! I think three is enough, but my daughter is holding out for five. I’ll keep you posted.
I accumulated about 5 bags for donation, and one large bag of trash.
After gathering some matching baskets from around the house, and purchasing an additional three, I made up some labels,
using card stock and scrapbook paper.
Here we have the finished product.
I really have faith that we will be able to keep it in order better for two reasons. The first is because we purged so many items. I am becoming more and more of a firm believer in “less is more,” and that “too much is just too much.” The second reason is because I labeled EVERYTHING this time so my daughter will know where everything is SUPPOSED to go. Of course occasional maintenance with some good routines is always very helpful as well.
I think it turned out nice, and my hubby was pleasantly surprised and thrilled when he saw the end result. My daughter thinks it’s “really pretty and cute.”