Warning: this post is very long! Feel free to just look at the pictures! ;)
Let's look at the over all's first. Can I just say that the room looks better just because it's cleaned up? If only that was all it had needed! ;) I only rearranged the room a little by switching the recliner and the easel. It was actually a "switching back" since the recliner was in this same position about 3 months ago. We prefer it in this corner looking into the rest of the house. This portion of the playroom didn't need much "organizing", but I did move our school calendar to the other wall to allow more room when we have school.
Now, the other side of the room...was calling for help!
One of the first things I did was purge/clean out. It was a little difficult because there are things that Mackenzie doesn't play with, but I know Meredith will play with as she gets older. I did throw out fast food toys and any other non-meaningful toys.
This left side of the shelves was one of my least favorite areas. The stack of papers from Mackenzie's artwork for the last 18 months was driving me crazy. I wanted to keep it all, but finally realized if I kept all of it now, by the time she got to fifth grade, I would need the entire bookshelf for just her schoolwork! So I took pictures of every single item and threw it all away. I only kept things that had her hand or foot prints. These then went to the office to be scrapbooked and/or put in a box. The books on the second shelf are part of the book rotation and I moved them to boxes that I put above the cabinets. I really struggled with removing books from the book shelf, but it was just to much visual clutter for me and I felt I needed a couple of free shelves to use for "decoration" so that I didn't feel the shelves were jam packed.
So, that's my completed, better organized room! I'm loving it!
Below are the questions and answers required for the challenge.
- What space did you decide to organize and why?
- I organized my daughters' playroom with 3 goals in mind.
- A place where the girls can play, read and watch TV, but that is also nicely decorated since it is visible from most of the house.
- A safe place for Meredith (6 months) to crawl around in and not choke on small toys.
- A place for Mackenzie (3 years) and I to do school.
- I made a "Plan of Attack" and re-evaluated my goals and room every week to see what it still needed.
- Purging - getting rid of the clutter. I put the books in a rotation and took some of the books off of the shelf and into a box so that they wouldn't be visual clutter (to me) on the shelves. I also took pictures of my daughters artwork from the last 18 months and threw it all away with the exception of a few keepsake pieces.
- Some went into the trash, some went to the girls' rooms and some items went to other parts of the house.
- Getting the school stuff organized into easily accessible bins. It makes school go so much smoother when I'm organized and have most everything right there in arms reach. I don't have to walk halfway across the house to find what I'm looking for. And it's all easily cleaned up!
- The book rotation was a big way to create more space. I put half of our books (or maybe more) into bins on the top shelves and will rotate the books out as needed. I also separated the holiday books so that they could easily be found with each holiday. This created a couple of free shelves. The open and lidded bins on the shelves also help create boundaries for what you can store because either the lid will not close or the open baskets won't fit on the shelves.
- Definitely make the plan of attack. It was very helpful to write out my goals, problems, suggestions, BUDGET and anything I could think of about the room. I will be using this method for all of my future projects!