I’m so happy you have taken the time to see us conquering clutter in our home! If you are new here is a recap. I decided to challenge our family to purge our home of things. At the end of last year, I wrote a post on our goal to get rid of 1,000 things by 2017. Unfortunately, after Christmas, our house exploded with items and in this post, I go into more detail about our challenge.
To catch up on the rest of the conquering clutter challenge take a look at the rest of the posts!
This week we had the living room. Now, again compared to our last home and many others our living room is very roomy. It technically has the “dining room” area attached, but we use that now as the kids play area. Plus, it has carpet…who has carpet in the dining room anyway?! Well, that’s another story for another day. 🙂
This is the start of the purge that I was a little nervous about. Becuase it has to deal with the kids’ toys. Toys that they have gotten for Christmas, birthdays, etc…and you know what? It’s hard to part with things like that, especially since they were presents. You don’t really want to get rid of certain items because they have memories or you’re scared the kids might miss the toy, BUT it has to be done. We have way too much of everything.
Normally, at night after the kids go to bed Dustin and I are the ones that end up picking up the living room toys and we spend a while doing this. And it sucks…we have very limited quite time after the kids go to bed and who wants to be picking up toys during this time?! Not this girl! The picture below was taken after we put the kids to bed on a typical night. **Please note that a month ago I had gotten so fed up with toys that we did a purge of the toys in living room before I had decided to do this challenge.** So, the picture below is actually a lot better than it used to look!
Problem Area #1: The Toy Cabinet
The toy cabinet is where we normally keep small toys so they can have a specific place to get put away. I feel like this is important to have a place like this designated for toys, especially in the family room. So, Dustin and I took everything out and got rid of some items that we really didn’t feel the kids play with anymore. Another thing we realized is we have several toys that are very similar, so we chose which one gets played with the most and the rest are going to the garage sale.
Problem Area #2: The “Junk” Cabinet
Well, look here, who knew we had another place where we shoved stuff in… The majority of these items were coloring books, colors, and markers, we also have some very random things in here. We decided to keep Elise and Lukes coloring stuff here. This is a great place for these items right now because Elise and Luke are both able to reach them, but the twins are still too little. Elise colors at least once a day, so I wanted these items to be accessible to her when she wanted them.
I bought 2 cheap magazine holders for $2.79 each. I went through all the coloring books and threw away books that all the pages had been colored/drawn on. Then I put Elise’s coloring books in one magazine holder and then Luke’s in the other.
Problem Area #3: Book Area
This area is accessible to all 4 kids and in the past, some of Elise’s nice books got ripped from the twins getting a hold of them. So after going through all the books and purging half of them, I put out on the baby books for the twins. These books are also the thick ones, so they won’t get easily torn. I was able to put Elise and Luke soft cover books inn the same piece of furniture, but inside the cabinet. That way all the kids have access to their own books and still get a chance to read and enjoy them!
The next night after purging was awesome! I can already tell a difference in the kids. Elise and Luke were actually able to pick up the play area before bed because they had less stuff to get into and throw on the floor. Lastly, Elise sat down and played with some Legos tonight. Y’all….I cannot tell you the last time I saw her playing with these. I feel like this was a big step in us taking out the majority of the toys and for some reason, it seems to give them a better chance to pick a toy or two to focus on and play with instead of pulling everything out and not really playing with something.
This is exactly what I needed to see tonight to know we are on the right path because next week we are tackling the bedrooms!!
What about you? What problem area you can focus on in the living room?