We had a fun mother/daughter day of cleaning and organizing yesterday.
The first step in organizing is determining HOW you use space. Abby had recently migrated all her school “teaching” items to the loft.
However, the loft was still full of toys Joey had not played with in YEARS, but would not part with.
I am somewhat sensitive to the fact that the toys my kids have and their rooms are the sum total of their possessions. And while I want to PURGE and sort, they want to hold on to memories, and their identity.
The second step is determining what stays and what goes.
My kiddos are excellent PURGERS, but each have items that are harder for them to let go. I get it. So, I don’t push. and in this case, I moved Joey’s favorite older toys to the storage room in the basement.
That left the shelves in the loft wide open for the brand new “Abby school.”
The third step is determining “zones.”
Little girl stuff is hard enough to corral ~ zones make it easier.
All the Barbies and Littlest Pet Shop moved to the bedroom and ALL papers, pens and the like made their way out to the loft.
It was decided that all dolls and American girls would go to the basement.
It is always easier to organize and maintain spaces when the there is only ONE place you… play dolls, board games, do crafts, etc.
The final step is to containerize and label.
Uniform containers and labels help keep systems maintained longer.
So, here are the before and afters.
Next week, we will tackle the basement doll area!