Friday, October 24, 2014

{Day 24} Peanut Closet - 31 Days of De-Hoarding

Welcome to Day 24 of 31 Days of De-Hoarding.

Let me tell you a little story.

Once Upon a Time...

We bought this house.  Four bedrooms.

Downstairs we had two bedrooms.  One was our bedroom.  One was the Peanut's bedroom/soon to be shared between the Peanut and the Princess.

Upstairs there were two bedrooms.  One was an office/man cave for my husband.  And I had a room to claim as my own/guest bedroom.

I decided to make it my craft/hobby room.  All my scrapbook stuff went up there and all my Arbonne business stuff went up there.

I soon discovered that going up and shutting myself in my little room was never going to happen.  Tiny ones needed watching and the room wasn't really kid friendly.  When they were napping there was always something that needed doing downstairs and I was worried about not hearing them if they needed me and I was upstairs.  So, all that stuff just stayed stored away up there.

Then the Peanut got older and really needed a space to call his own.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

{Day 23} Peanut Toys - 31 Days of De-Hoarding

Welcome to Day 23 of 31 Days of De-Hoarding!

Confession time.  I totally cheated when I planned for today.

The Peanut and Princess used to share a room and all their toys were in the same room.  Then when the Peanut moved to his own room we moved the toys he actually plays with into his room.

(All on the floor instead of his shelf where they belong but I will leave that for him to rectify.)

And all the toys that need to be de-hoarded are still in the Princess's room.

So, I basically gave myself two days to do one big task.

And you are remembering that big pile I had left to do.  Aren't you?

Told you I would come back to it.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

{Day 22} Princess Toys - 31 Days of De-Hoarding

Welcome to Day 22 of 31 Days of De-Hoarding!

{Day 22} Princess Toys - 31 Days of De-Hoarding #write31days #dehoarding

This one has to be the most difficult de-hoarding task of all.

All the problems I have with de-hoarding combined in one horrific pile of never ending chaos.

There are the toys I have some sort of sentimental attachment to.  Aww, this is the first toy she played with after she turned 3 years and 12 days old.  Oh, and there was her favorite from when she was 3 years and 13 days...

Then there are the toys that were special gifts from someone.  So and so gave her that as a gift for her first birthday.  She should totally still have and love it now that she's six.  And so and so would never understand if she only loved it to pieces for five years!

The, that was so expensive and they never played with it and one day they will probably appreciate it, toys.

Learning toys.  If they would ever play with these they could learn something.

There are the "treasures" the kids just love the minute they see it and then totally have forgotten five seconds later.

And the minute I am in the room going through their stuff, they are in there watching my every move.

The intimidation factor.  It's so bad I don't even want to touch it.

And the ultimate futility of it all.  Give 'em five minutes and it will just go right back to looking like it did before.

Did I mention the lack of a good organization system?

Now I get to add one more problem.

That's my phone.

And guess what was on that phone?

Pictures.  Of my progress.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

{Day 21} Peanut Clothes - 31 Days of De-Hoarding

Welcome to Day 21 of 31 Days of De-Hoarding!

{Day 21} Peanut Clothes - 31 Days of De-Hoarding #write31days #dehoarding

Back when I was in college, I remember thinking that the more clothes I owned, the less laundry I would need to do.

Hear me out.

If I owned two weeks worth of clothes, I only had to do laundry once every two weeks.  So, obviously if I owned a months worth of clothes, I would only need to do laundry once a month!

More clothes = less laundry.  Brilliant!

It kind of worked back then.  Even though laundry day was an absolute nightmare.  That was one heavy laundry bag!  But I saved on quarters by stuffing those machines as full as possible.

Of course I only had one person to do laundry for.  Imagine having to wash a months worth of laundry on one day for a whole family.  Oh, and add in towels, sheets, blankets etc.  And remember kids never get through a day without changing at least three times.  (Yet, they will wear the same socks for three days and think nothing of it.)

Obviously my strategy doesn't pan out.  In fact, now I realize the reverse is actually true.

I now have the luxury of having a washer and a dryer in my home!  No quarters necessary.  I could do laundry every day if necessary.  And I usually do.

But, even though it feels like I am washing clothes constantly, I can never seem to catch up.  Which is why we need fewer clothes not more.  Yes, I realize this should be obvious.  I'm slow sometimes.  Mmmkay?

Fewer clothes = less laundry.  Hmm.  Less = Less.  Kinda makes sense.

With that in mind, let's get to work de-hoarding the Peanut's clothes.

Monday, October 20, 2014

{Day 20} Princess Clothes - 31 Days of De-Hoarding

Welcome to Day 20 of 31 Days of De-Hoarding!

{Day 20} Princess Clothes - 31 Days of De-Hoarding #write31days #dehoarding

Every year around this time I go through the kid's clothes and de-hoard them.

Why now?

Well, the Princess's birthday is at the end of September.  The Peanut's birthday is at the beginning of October.  Grandma buys them clothes for their birthday.  She also buys them clothes for Christmas.  It is also a change of seasons.  And it is the perfect time to move up to the next size of clothing.

I have found the easiest thing to do is wait until after their birthday and then just switch out all the clothes.  Then I go through and see what is missing and fill in any immediate needs and put anything else on the Grandma Christmas list.  (Grandma is going to buy them clothes, list or not, so the list just makes it easier for everyone.)

I planned this post to come after their birthday party so it would be nice and easy.

Unfortunately, Grandma was sick on the day of their birthday party so we don't have the new clothes yet.

Still, it needs to be done.  And if I actually go through their clothes now, it will be easier to figure out what they really need.

I started with the Princess.

I have learned to just go through and take out all clothing of the size she is growing out of.  Otherwise it gets too confusing for me.  I will end up hanging on to that one item too long thinking it sort of still fits because I really want it to.  Or, she will keep wearing something that doesn't fit because it is her favorite.

This time I will have to do it a little differently since I don't have the new clothes yet.

Still, she has plenty of clothes that can go.

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