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Sunday, January 14, 2007


Moving Day

My daughter's room was a disaster area, and I wasn't quite sure where to start. Her walk-in closet was exploding with books, Barbies, stuffed animals, and Little Pet Shop figures. Oh yeah, and a few clothes too.

The floor of her room was covered with coloring books, princess dress-up gowns, plastic kitchen toys, and more stuffed animals.

Her bookshelf was dangerously packed to a point where stuff would fall off if you just looked at it.

I knew something had to be done about her room, but it was hard to find a place to begin the process of sorting and organizing. I stood in there one day and said, "I wish we could just start over and do this right."

Ding! That's when I got the idea to move. Just pack up and move. Not the whole house... only my daughter's room.

So I bought six large moving boxes and announced to her that it was moving day. At first she was quite alarmed, but then I explained that we were going to move everything out of her room, organize it in the basement, then move it back into her room in a better way.

She immediately understood and got quite excited about the process, helping to pack up all her toys and games. We organized things as they went into the boxes. Stuffed animals in one, books in another, etc., so a lot of the work was done up front.

Once the room was clear except for furniture, we were able to move her bed and bookshelves around to give her a little more floor space. Bringing everything back in was easy. We delegated a certain space for items like dolls, and when that space was full we stopped. Whatever dolls were left in the boxes will be stored or given away. Then we did the same with the books and the toys, until everything had a place.

It was much easier than trying to sort through my daughter's stuff while it was all still jumbled in place. And it was therapeutic to clear her room out completely. It gave me a feeling of instant accomplishment.

I'll probably do this for every room of the house. Moving is fun!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That sounds like how my daughter neve's room looks every damn day. :-/

12:16 AM  
Anonymous mrscrumley said...

I desperately want to do that with my own bedroom. We did it with the attic and it worked out pretty well, but it took longer than that show "Clean Sweep." Of course, we didn't have some British host pushing us around and telling us to get rid of things (we probably could have trashed or donated a lot more than we did).

Have fun!

5:20 AM  
Blogger landismom said...

Sounds like a good solution. I'm going to have to do a similar thing with my daughter's room. We've definitely developed shelving difficulties since we moved from a picture book-based inventory to a more chapter book-based inventory.

7:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your anonymous has left you quite a post ;) ... what a great way to start the new year with less clutter.

8:31 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

Good thinking. It sounds a bit like you are nesting, Phil. Are you sure you're not pregnant too?

9:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You give me strength to try this at my house! Thanks!

10:31 AM  
Anonymous brettdl said...

I've trained my kids to clean their room right before bedtime every day. Then every now and then I do a big cleaning.

8:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is like the next step beyond biffing. This is a great idea. You should send this one to Heloise :)

7:10 PM  
Anonymous L.A. Daddy said...

Sounds like a great idea. And it gives her an adventure without the permanence and trauma of a real move. And it's got to be easier than cleaning in place - if only I could work up the energy to attack my garage...

11:33 PM  
Blogger Cincy Daddy said...

This sounds like a great way to get things cleaned. Except that I don't have enough empty space in my house to even have a temporary place to store everything. I guess that's why they move everything outside on "Clean Sweep"

6:27 AM  

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