This is what it looks like now:
David is so happy with his new, warm bedroom. He needs some work on making a bed, though. ;0)
So, where did all the stuff go? Some has been temporarily moved into the attic until I have more time to go through it. Some has been given away. And some has been thrown away. Emma’s dresser/changing table has been temporarily moved to the hallway.
Our once overflowing toy bins in the living room have also been tamed:
Hubby started going through our books and our movie collection. All the VHS tapes are now GONE (boohoo!). Severely damaged or sickeningly drippy kids books are GONE.
In the past week, we threw out 2 big black trash bags worth of stuff and packed up 5 or 6 boxes to donate to the local thrift store. But, my home is currently a wreck with more stuff still to go through.
It’s more than a little daunting. But let me say, it has already been a positive experience.
The play kitchen set (the one I’ve had since I was a little girl) has found new life now that the kids can find all the play food and pots and pans to go with it. Emma loves throwing tea parties.
Trains have overtaken the floor. And Em is becoming a regular Duplo architect.
Less is definitely more. Lately, the kiddos would come to me whining during play time that they were bored and had nothing to do. I’m not saying that the whining has totally stopped, but they are definitely finding things to do.
No, if I could just get them to help out more with the actual de-cluttering process (never try to go weed out the kiddos’ toys when they’re in the same room, ok?).
The living room is pretty much done, that is except for the stacks of boxes that are temporary stuck in there from other parts of the house so we can go through them, ahem. David’s new room is nearly done, we want to move his own dresser in there.
One room at a time will get us there. I can’t do the one bag a day or even one box a day thing. I need to see a real dent. A completed project, it keeps me going.
Will we finish before the New Year? Eh, probably not, but I’m still going to try. And if not, we’ll definitely continue into January. I’m on fire! ;0)