When the mice are away...
Âthe cat cleans out their bedrooms! Soooo, the kids were at camp last week and I took advantage of the situation by cleaning out my 13 year old daughterÂs bedroom. On the surface it looked very neat and tidy, but of course thatÂs always (at least in her case) misleading!
I emptied every drawer in the room, moved furniture away from the walls to remove things that had been shoved behind bookshelves, her vanity, in the cabinet under her window seat and on the top shelves of her closet. It was not a pretty site. At one point DH crept into the room, took one look around and scampered back down the stairs. COWARD! (Okay, admittedly organizing is not his thing Â but it is mine!)
Twelve hours later I emerged with 4 extra large lawn size bags of garbage, two of the same size bags for donating and 5 shopping bags of things to pass on to my niece. I also relocated videos, craft supplies and books to the game room.
Revelations learned from this:
1. Even though she likes things neat and tidy, my daughter is a pack rat. I strongly believe this is an inherited gene. She cannot bring herself to throw things away - especially if it is something she received by someone close to her. As a parent, I need to teach her to discipline herself so that she can learn to let go of things.
2. We donÂt need to buy many school supplies this year. I uncovered dozens of binders, 7 pencil boxes full of usable pens, pencils, rulers, markers, etc. These were relocated to my school supply cabinet. The timing on this was awesome since I planned to buy school supplies this week.
3. My husband and I need to implement cleaning rules and follow up on them. From now on we are will have semi-monthly room checks for both children. WeÂll be checking drawers, closets, under the bed, etc. to make sure things arenÂt piling up. We have a cleaning service, so their rooms are clean Â but the clutter is another issue!
Things I purchased to help her get organized (most purchased at local dollar store):
1. Large clear shoe racks to hang on the walls of her closet to get shoes off the floor.
2. Two large, sturdy (but pretty!) boxes on the shelves in her closet to keep personal momentos (things like pictures sheÂs drawn, photos, souvenirs and cards).
3. A step stool for her closet so that she can put things away on the top shelf.
4. A small hamper to keep inside her closet Â so clothes donÂt accumulate on the bedroom floor until she gets around to walking them to the bathroom hamper.
5. Small plastic baskets for the drawers of her vanity to organize cosmetics and hair products.
When she got home from camp, she was absolutely thrilled with her bedroom! She thanked me over and over for helping her get her room in order and called all of her friends to tell them how organized her bedroom is.
Now on to my next project...