The next generation…

Miss 6 “I wish my bedroom looked like yours, Mummy.”

Me “Why?”

Miss 6 “Because your room looks so tidy all the time and mine looks messy all the time.”

Well as I am sure you’ll guess, my tidy/organised/decluttered heart of mine nearly exploded. This was my first “client” to practice patience and understanding on! This was my moment to shine – okay – getting carried away lol!

I asked Miss 6 to look at me. I wanted to commence our “consultation” stat before the moment passed. I wanted to pass on some wisdom. I wanted Miss 6 to know this…

“This is your room. This is your space. This space should be a reflection of you and who you are. If you do not like something, then it shouldn’t be here. It shouldn’t be in this room. Even if Mummy/Daddy/Grandparents/Aunties/Uncles/Friends bought it for you. If you do not like it, then it does not stay.”

Growing up, I was pretty much allowed to have my room as I wanted it, but I wasn’t allowed to just throw things away if I didn’t like them, especially if one of the people mentioned above had bought it for me. Mum kept so much of my stuff from my childhood and handed it all over when I moved out of home. Most of it has been discarded. Some of it is sitting in my roof waiting to be dealt with. I don’t want this for my children. 


I wanted Miss 6 to know that she doesn’t need to feel guilty about discarding items. If they don’t bring her joy, then it’s time for them to go. The biggest lesson I’ve learned from reading Marie Kondo’s books. 

So, we started. We gathered all her soft toys. She wanted to move most of these to the playroom. We pulled everything off her dressing table and wall shelves. I grouped like with like and she chose which rocks/sea shells/necklaces/bracelets/craft items etc etc that she wanted to keep. 


We then gave everything a wipe over and started placing everything back. I also let her decide where things were to go, only making suggestions if it was an item her brother may try to break and suggesting it go up high. 


She is now very proud of her room and gave her brother a tour when he woke from  his nap. 

Do you take this approach with your kids?  Had success?  Do you think this may be an approach you’ll try?

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m all parenting/wifying/studying/working at the moment. The housework has not been at the top of my to-do list. But this takes its toll on me and I couldn’t ignore it anymore today. So, some more before/after shots for you ūüė≤ūüė≤ūüė≤


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Close your eyes it ain’t pretty!

Oh friends… I cleaned out my shameful cupboard recently. ¬†It was bad, really bad. ¬†I forgot to take a before photo but here is a photo of the cupboard empty and here is a photo of all the stuff on our dining room table and kitchen bench.

Pretty overwhelming, huh?

Knowing that this cupboard was in a bad state was causing me stress over Christmas, New Year’s and whilst we were away in Mollymook. ¬†I wanted to tackle it between Christmas and New Year’s but got sick and didn’t have the energy.

One Saturday night I emptied the cupboard out so that I would have to deal with it on the Sunday. ¬†I don’t mind one or two meals away from the table, but I wouldn’t have liked too many more than that so doing this would force me to deal with it.

As with all of us, the end of the year gets hectic.  Christmas presents were purchased and placed in here for wrapping.  School items were placed in here waiting to be sorted/discarded/filing.  Linen was used/washed and chucked in here, not put away properly.  The list goes on and on.

Funny story.  Whilst we were away my brother and his family were over for a BBQ and a swim.  They needed a plastic bag, knew that I stored them in this cupboard, went to grab one and were in shock when they saw the state of the cupboard.  Yep, it was bad! Lol!

So, step one: ¬†Place like with like. ¬†I gathered all the appliances I was storing in this cupboard and placed them together. ¬†All our esky’s and food storage together. ¬†All linen together. ¬†All art supplies together. All party items together etc.

Step two: Now that you have like with like you can see how many items you have within the one category. ¬†We had too many esky bags and picnic sets. ¬†They’ve seen us from when we were just two and to now that there is four. ¬†We decided to get rid of the two person sets, cooler bags that were too small etc. ¬†I did this for each category that I store in here.

Step three: Think about what you want the space to do for you. ¬†As I’ve mentioned before, we don’t have a garage or linen closet so all our miscellaneous items get stored in this cupboard. ¬†I want to be able to open this cupboard and find exactly what I want, when I need it easily and be able to return the item easily.

Step four: Start putting everything back.

On the floor – I store our table linens, spare cushions for extra seating when we are entertaining a crowd, green bags for the supermarket, some plastic bags and my tools and DIY project items.

Shelf 1: – Party items, Gemma (dog) food/items, spare photo frames, sewing kit and sewing machine.

Shelf 2: Art/craft items and baking supplies, miscellaneous items.

Shelf 3: Wine, water, napkins and surplus toilet paper and paper towel (we buy these two items in bulk from Costco).

Shelf 4: Board games and picnic items.

Shelf 5: An “office in a box” for each kid with an “in”tray for each kid for me to place items for sorting/culling/filing.

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On the sides of the cupboard we store our spare shopping bags, herbs/spices, art supplies, gift bags and large lanterns which will go outside when we do up our pool area.

And the final picture:

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Look, it’s not perfect but it is decluttered. ¬†It is organised. ¬†I have maintained it easily over the past month. ¬†Everything is easily accessible.

Another item to note.

Since commencing the KonMari method we have let so many items go and as a result of this, these containers are currently not required in our home.

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Pretty amazing, isn’t it!

So, do you have a disaster cupboard that needs looking at?  Does it cause you stress?  Tell me Рmaybe I can give you some tips!

Playroom

We are fortunate enough to have enough room in our home for a playroom. When Miss 5 was born, we kept everything in the lounge room but as she grew and received more toys, and then she was joined by her brother, I didn’t enjoy seeing the clutter all the toys brought.

The playroom has been moved around and tidied so many times. At Christmas time the kids received even more toys and whilst we are of course grateful, not everything gets played with and it was time for a cull.

I was unwell over the Christmas/New Year period so I asked Hubby to assist the kids on New Years Eve with completely emptying out the playroom and asking them to sort through and select what should stay and what should go to children who don’t have any toys.

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We have the 16 cube Expedit unit from IKEA (now called¬†Kallax), a 5 cube Kallax and a 6 cube shelf (I can’t recall where we got it from). ¬†I use square cubes to store building blocks, musical instruments, one miscellaneous box for each kid etc.

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On New Years Day after giving everything a dust/wipe down/vacuum, I spent the morning going through myself and returning the keep toys to the playroom and sorting out rubbish for the bin and toys to go to daycare. My son had a lot of toy cars and toy diggers etc so I selected a few of each and discarded the rest. Some puzzles were too little for them. We had double ups of some books etc.

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I think about a quarter to a third of our rubbish bin was filled with rubbish and the large blue IKEA bag was filled to go to Daycare. Costumes/dress ups that no longer fit were passed down to my niece.

Once it was all back and organised, the room felt better and the kids are now able to return everything to its proper place. Even 22 days later.

Do you have a playroom? Do you cull the toys regularly?