I apologize for not getting these up last week, like I should have. Life got a bit busy. I will get the final week done ASAP.
Toys. UGH. This is another one that certainly could require a lot of attention/time. I have a rule in my house…the kids can keep whatever fits in their “drawer”. We have a closet with two large drawers. Each child has one drawer. Whatever they can fit in the drawer, they can keep. This serves two great purposes: 1) it reduces the amount of toys we have and 2) the kids ALWAYS know where their toys go, so it makes cleaning up simple. They do it without being told (most days). I realize that this wouldn’t work for all families, but it works well for me. I should add that our art/craft supplies are kept in a separate box because I always fully encourage the kids to create, so I don’t cap the number of crafty items we have
While most of us don’t have a big problem in the living room, there are occasionally things that we accumulate over time. Pick your problem area and just do that today. Maybe it’s a stack of magazines on your coffee table. Maybe it’s a pile of mail or newspapers that have found an unwanted home on the ottoman. Whatever it may be, make today’s project to get rid of the old and make a home for the new.
Still focusing on the living room, today will be media day. I’m sure everyone has movies or music (whether it’s DVDs, VHS, CDs or…cassettes??) that are no longer of interest. With the birth of online streaming such as Netflix and HULU, we’re finding more and more space in our TV cabinets. The need for physical discs is being reduced every day. I sort of love it. Donate or sell whatever no longer serves you.
The ever-dreaded coat closet it next on our list. How is it that these closets get so bad?! Well, they get bad in my house, at least. This will be a big one for me. It seems like we get so many coats and then I can’t part with them. In reality, I probably wear the same one or two all winter. The goal here, for me, is to get rid of whatever coats the kids and I don’t wear and to pare down the hats and mittens, as well. I may also make a dual goal and finally finish the breezeway….
Shoes! They may be in your bedroom closet, they may be in the coat closet…wherever they are, go through them. Get rid of the old, beat up pair you’ve been having a hard time parting with. Sell or donate the ones you never wear (or the pair that hurts your feet!). Your closet will be glad you did.
Whether you have a laundry room, laundry area, utility room, etc, this is our objective today. Old detergent containers? Recycle them. A pile of towels or rags that you’ve been ignoring? Take care of them. Old broken laundry baskets, recycle them, too. Little things like this will make a huge difference in your space! I’m not promising that it will make you LIKE doing the laundry, but it might make it a bit more tolerable
Today is dedicated to the mudroom or entryway. If, for you, this and the coat closet are one in the same, then just choose another small project that we may have missed. Choose one storage area or closet.