Archives for March 3, 2013

Decluttering the Boys’ Room

(Click through to the post if you’re reading via email and can’t see the video!)

In early January, I decluttered my boys’ room.

It’s March, and I’m just now writing the post.  The good news is that I can say with confidence that the rather extreme measures I took have had a lasting, positive effect. The vast majority of their floor has been walk-on-able for almost two months now.

There really isn’t any bad news.  I’m just irritated/amazed/embarrassed that it took me this long to do the post.

Here are the before shots:

That, my friends, is a picture of an “Organization System” that doesn’t work.  That never worked.

Oh, and of a dead-looking alligator pillow.

I got rid of that entire shelf/system/whatever as well as this canoe-shelf:

I thought that canoe was going to be so cute in their room when I bought it.

I was so wrong. I suppose it could have been, but the shelf only ever held random junk shoved on there in moments of Extreme Maternal Threatening. I gave up and gave it away.

I moved the dresser that had been in the closet (see video for horrific before shot) into the place of these two shelves.

Ignore the tripod and hangers and broom and such and focus on the empty floor space.

And the vacuum marks.  Aaaahhh . . .

I got rid of a LOT of stuff.  Yep.  This was the day before I giggled with glee as a stranger took a big ol’ load of my crstuff to sell.  Or keep. Or burn.  Or whatever.  (I soooo don’t care what he did with it.)

But I did keep some. As much as I wanted to throw it ALL away, I know that there are some things that the boys do use. I made a spot for them in the closet.  I wished I could have kept it like this:

But this will have to do for now:

And most of that stuff in the before picture? It was pretty much consolidated into this:

Stay tuned, and I’ll share the progress on the other side of the room!

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