I really cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to be sitting down writing this post. Books and kids clutter are big challenge areas for me and I knew they would take quite a bit of time to tackle. I don't know if I will ever be "done" in either of these areas, but I am pleased with the progress I made.
Here are some before pics of my girls' room (they share a room). They are 4 and 6, so I still have quite a bit of control over their stuff. I know this won't always be the case, so I'm trying to set a tone for our house and exercise my authority while I can.
My first step was to remove all their clothing and create a family closet in the master bedroom closet. You can read about that HERE. Then I started removing a lot of the boxes and baskets that we had toys in. Then I started removing toys...
I did not include the girls in this process. Usually I do, but I knew there would be arguments between the two and I knew I would not get the results I was hoping for. I did, however, "hide" the toys I took from their room and put them in a storage bin in the garage. It will be interesting to see what they notice is gone. When I pulled the storage bin down from storage, I was surprised at what was inside. None of us had missed any of it....so the contents of the bin went into a bag which we'll donate, and I was able to fill the bin with the new stuff I had pulled.
Their closet has a lot of hard to access storage space....I was thrilled to see empty space in this corner!
And in this corner I was able to consolidate the in-between sized clothes and shoes and put them in the harder to reach area.
Here are the baskets and boxes I pulled from their room! I am just amazed at how my previous attempts to organize were actually contributing to my clutter.