Friday, March 25, 2011

Project Simplify: Week 1

This week's project wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, but considering it's going to take me a few days to do it, it's still pretty substantial.

Summer/Bigger sized clothing
I usually sort the kids clothes twice a year, though it's usually later than this- closer to warm weather, instead of the cold we're still in.  I've got two (or more) boxes in the basement full of clothes that were handed down to me that the kids don't fit yet, or they aren't weather appropriate.  The first step I'll did was to go through those and see which I should bring up.  Originally, I was just going to grab the summer stuff in the appropriate size, and then put them in each child's closet, but I ended up pulling so much from Lilia's drawers that it all fit easily.  I brought up everything that was size 4T, leaving behind anything bigger.

Only the big clothes remain!
After that, I brought the basement clothes to my bedroom, then went to Lilia's room.  I emptied each drawer, looked at the size, and basically anything 3T and smaller was placed in the donation pile.  I kept a few things that I knew she liked to wear, trying them on her (when she got home from school) just to be sure it wasn't too small.  Most of the basement clothes were short sleeves, so I kept a few of her bigger 3T long sleeve stuff, but I did find a few sweaters.

Wow, all the clothes Lilia can now fit...
I then proceeded to clean Lilia's room.  The child has already informed me she likes her room to be messy.  For the most part, I don't mind.  It's more when she doesn't take care of her possessions that I get angry.  In this case, her favorite puzzle, the 5 little monkey's jumping on the bed puzzle, was scattered and ripped, so I threw it out.  I removed a bunch of toys from her room, including all the wooden puzzles she has, put ALL her books back in her shelves and put the rest of her toys away.  She wasn't happy with me, telling me she wanted the puzzles back.  I also removed the kitchen set from her room, but I think I'll put that back.
Lilia's very messy room

So I ended up with a large pile of toys that we'll either donate, use for toy rotation, or place in the "summer toy rooms" (aka, the basement and the front porch.)  I'm not even done though, since I only got to Lilia's room.  Liam's room needs a lot of work, and he has less room in his drawers and wardrobe.  While I was cleaning, I put some clothes in his wardrobe, and he found his huge puppy tent.  So it looks like I'll have to make some room for that for awhile.  He LOVES it, singing "Tent Tent Tent" all morning.  And when Lilia saw it, for some reason she grabbed a drum and wanted to drum in the tent...
The pile saying Good Bye

So now I get to say, stay tuned for part 2!


  1. Liam has a puppy tent too? I wonder if it's the same one that's taking up half of Julia's room at the moment...

    I am exhausted just reading this post. I need a drink. Or a nap. Or both. Great job! :)

  2. From Wal-mart? It's HUGE.

    I actually finished Liam's room tonight too. So tired now. Only Guinness will make it better. Thanks!

  3. I don't know where it came from. It was a birthday gift. But yeah, it's more or less the same tent. It is massive. It takes up a good third of J's bedroom!