After sitting down with a pad and pencil (and an overfull house), I began my plan of attack. Starting with the smaller things, I worked my way up to the big stuff. Papers, files, and things like old magazines were the first to go.
A fun way to organize: a table that serves as storage too along with baskets along the floor.
Tidy Up Toys
Then, I tackled the kids’ toys with the help of my daughter. This downsizing process came as a good lesson for her as she told me which toys to give away to those less fortunate. She really went to town too and would’ve given away her entire toy box if I let her! She was happy to help, and I was happy to have a teachable moment in giving. Clothes and closets came next, and then came the rearranging of the playroom.
Use Organizing Containers
Even with downsizing, we needed to create a more organized play area for the kids. We brought in lots of baskets, and utilized pieces of furniture not intended for children’s toys, which worked out great! The playroom looks clean and tidy without the need for fancy kid storage shelves and bookcases like those seen in cutesy children’s magazines. Take a look! What do you think?
More baskets and the bottom cabinets in the china cabinet houses pull-toys too!
There is simply no need for clutter, and my children certainly don’t (and don’t need to) desire so much stuff to be around. Presents and gifts are nice, sure, but the important part of the holidays is being with the ones we love. Too many presents take away from the reason of the season and leave parents like me frazzled and feeling like we have to sort through old stuff just to make room for the new.
What are Your Tidying Tips?
Purging and downsizing helps to alleviate some of the chaos and clutter that the holidays can bring. We’ve still got a little ways to go. The garage is a beast in and of itself! Ha! How about you? Have you done any organizing and downsizing since the new year rolled around? What kind of organizational methods do you like to use and could share with us all?
Everyone calls Paula dean because i cook for friends and family and they say i talk like Paula tho i am 71and never as pretty as Paula i want to be like Paula i love her and her family
normal maskell in The Great Party Challenge on June 12, 2013 at 10:11 am
Susan Lott is a great party planner! She has tons of great ideas that she needs to share with the online world. I have been begging her to start a Facebook page or Etsy account. The graduation gift that she made me was hand drawn with my name and different definitions for each letter. She framed it and I cherish it.....I also would have paid about $50 for it in a store. Thanks for sharing her idea but this idea is nothing compared to some of her other quick and money saving tips! You should hire her for your creative team!
Love you Susu!
Adrienne Hilliard in Baby Showers and Sprinkles on June 11, 2013 at 10:55 pm
I love this idea!! It is too cute!
Sandi K in Baby Showers and Sprinkles on June 11, 2013 at 4:04 pm
This summer I got two fruit trees a peach and a pear I have a cherry tree int the front yard I got last year praying to live in a place with better weather all the time Banana's would be fun to have as well as olives
bonnieford in Paula’s Fruit Trees on June 10, 2013 at 3:12 pm