In any case, amid all of that, I actually did manage to squeeze in this week's project simplify challenge!! I only did it this afternoon/tonight, but it felt oh-so-good to de-crapify the younger boys' bedroom, and get rid of so many broken little pieces of toys that didn't survive some battle, and the random happy-meal type toys that accumulate (though, they aren't from happy meals, because I'm waaaay to cheap to ever get those for my children...they're only allowed items off the dollar menu, and I make them split fries and drinks...if I even splurge for a drink!). I hauled out a whole large garbage bag of stuff for trash, packed up a few still-in-decent shape things to pass on, and a box of stuff for yard sale. The pictures may not do it justice.
Since the 2 boys share a room, space is extremely tight, to say the least. Seth collects airplanes, which take up most of the surface space. The only real storage is bins, and mostly stuff needs to tucked under their beds. Over time, the Lincoln Logs, the Fisher Price Little People, the Spy Gear and the Matchbox cars have all sort of migrated together and don't even get played with much, because nobody knows where any of it is! Well...no longer!! All the toys have been sorted by category, in drawers or bins or ziploc bags and put in an orderly place. We even managed to make space in the closet to serve as the Nerf Arsenal. As far as clothes...they pretty much don't have that much 'extra', so I didn't bother going through drawers. I weeded out a few extras from the closet, but that's about it.
So, here's the befores:
Under Luke's bed:
Seth got a headstart, before I got to take before shots, but this is what all he pulled out from under his bed:
Under Luke's bed now...after everything was sorted and stacked nicely...ah, much better.
Linking this one up over at Simple Mom!