This is not a post about some big success. I didn’t even take a before picture. I might take a half-way through picture and say it was before. That’s how bad it is.
I feel so bad about the example I’ve been to my children. Why in the world should they keep their room nice if mine looks the way it does?
After visiting his cousins last summer, my 7yo casually commented, “You know, they keep their house a lot neater than we do.”
YES, I DO know, thank you very much.
That comment is probably one of the things that got me going on this process. I don’t want my kids to think, “Oh, well, there’s nothing we can do.”
But I’ve cleaned their room before. Many times.
I’ve thrown away things while they were at school, and they’ve never missed them. They were just so excited to have a neat room when they got home. And then, within a few days, the disaster is back.
But I have learned something from cleaning my daughter’s room a few weeks ago. It hasn’t stayed consistently picked up by any means, but it hasn’t hit disaster-status. When I did her room, I tried to make some real changes. I took out everything that was not something she used on a regular basis, including the tubs of clothes I had been storing in her closet since she was an infant.
So now, everything in her room has a place. This means that when we do pick it up, no decisions have to be made about where to put things. There’s a basket for doll clothes and accessories. There’s a tub in the closet for costumes. There’s a shelf for the big dollhouses and Barbie Car. There’s a shelf for books. Stuffed animals go on the bed, and everything else goes in the toy box.
This is what I want to do with the boys’ room. Find a place for everything. It’s just that I get so overwhelmed.
When I cleaned up their room a while back, I had the great idea to move all of their camping clothes out of the dresser in their closet and into a bag since they only use those things when they go camping. Then I put a few of their things in that dresser.
The next time I remembered that those things were in there? Today when I opened the drawers.
This was partly because I had others of those same things in different drawers, so I never thought about there being MORE somewhere else. See, a place for everything is what we need. Not 16 different random places for anything.
I’m thinking about using the top drawer of that dresser for socks and underwear.
Here’s a big secret. Since underwear and socks cover more sizes than other types of clothing, like 6-8, my boys just grab a pair. I know, it’s a little gross, but they’re boys, they’re brothers, and the undies are clean. If you think about it, the younger has always gotten hand-me-down undies anyway from the older, so now at least it’s fair for everyone. I figure since I’m always saying “Look in your brother’s drawer!” when asked about undies, we might as well make it official.
The bottom drawer is going to be for sports/seasonal items like cleats and baseball pants.
Not sure what to do with the middle drawer.
I’m hoping that freeing up the socks/undies drawer in each of their sets of drawers will give enough room to get all of their clothes put away nicely.
Sorry for the randomness of thought in this post. I am labeling it as progress, since it is. I have to focus on progress rather than completion sometimes, so I can have the energy to keep going.