Life in our household can be a little chaotic. We are a family of five having to stay in a two-bedroom apartment for a little while. Three of us are aged 10 and under, so I’m sure you can imagine the mountain of toys and books and movies that cover basically every surface of our home. As someone with ADHD, it is very difficult to teach structure when you are unable to create it for yourself. This summer was particularly a struggle as we dealt first with my youngest son’s surgery and then with my own physical health issues. Now that I am finally on the mend and school is back in session, that nesting instinct is kicking in.
So, I’ve spent a few hours every day working on their room this past week. The room is pretty large which allows for the boys’ bunk bed and my daughter’s twin bed to fit nicely along with a dresser, computer desk, TV console and an armoire. We have been very lucky over the years with generous friends and family who have shared things with my children. Which also equals that they have A LOT of stuff.
How I normally tackle a big organizing job is to start at the door and work my around the room clock-wise. This time, because kids’ toys come with so many little pieces — I couldn’t deal with little pieces without having the proper place to put everything. I had gone to Target and gotten some fabric cubes and Sterilite plastic shoe box size containers to make sure I would have the right containers for sorting.
Then, I took EVERYTHING out of their main closet and their linen closet (which we use for games and large toys) and put everything in the middle of their floor. I am lucky to have a handy husband and he built cubes inside their main closet that fit the fabric bins perfectly. I designated each cubby for certain items and began the sorting process. Including each individual Lego of which my boys have thousands of!!!
I designated a shelf in their closet for winter clothes. I have a box of clothes that are for the future (hand-me-downs and sale items I’ve picked up). There are also three colorful large boxes for each child’s school paper memories. The boxes that are there are now filled, so I have to pick up some more. I am trying to fit two school years per box. The last major item on the upper shelves is my youngest son’s collection of Thomas the Train items. He LOVED Thomas until towards the end of preschool. Then he suddenly wanted nothing to do with him, the toys or the movies. A few months after that, he admitted that someone had made fun of him in preschool and that Thomas was for babies. I have been on the fence ever since about what to do about it. There is a lot of money invested in those tracks and trains that could be put towards other things. During this big organizational project though, I finally came to the decision that I put them out of sight and perhaps take them down at Christmas time and see what happens then. But, no matter what, I will not sell them. I put too much time and effort and love into building that collection for him. I am going to hold on to it for my grandchildren (which hopefully I will have one day far, far, far in the future).
Now that I am done with the basics of the cubes and putting everything in the middle of the room, it is time to start to sort.
xoxo ~ Melissa