Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A Clean Room

This is a real and unadulterated picture of the kids' room. All three of them share a room that contains both beds and toys for all the children. This can get a bit, erm, messy at times. This is not a picture of the room after play time, though. This is a picture of what we sometimes do in desperation to create some order in the room. We take every bucket, every shelf, and the closet and pull everything onto the floor. If you look hard in this picture, you might see a child or two hiding underneath the toys. It is exhausting, but the kids see the point of organizing if everything is on the floor.
My mom introduced this version of room cleaning to me when I was a child and I hated it. I swore I would never, ever do this to my children. But what can I say? There comes a time when the buckets of mixed toys never get played with because who knows what could be lurking in their depths!
From this chaos we made sure that all the Polly Pockets were in one bucket, all the legos in another. All the army men went in one bucket and all the kitchen supplies when in the kitchen, and so on.
Here's what we ended up with:
As you can see, we're not looking for perfection here. Just a bit more organization.
And now when the youngest wants to doctor daddy, all the doctor supplies are right there in a nice pink bucket. And (this is the best part!) when we have a house full of kids who will pull out millions of toys, we know where they go and we can easily return them to the appropriate buckets. 
(On a completely different subject, happy birthday to my beloved. I'm loving every passing year more and more!)


  1. It looks like the youngest was buried in that fabulous mess! Glad she made it out safely. Looks great. - Corrie

  2. That's a great idea, actually. I need to do that with all our huge (sigh) jumble of toys!

  3. That really is a great organizing techinique. I might have to give it a try. Looks like you all made LOTS of progress!!!

  4. I tell you I raised four children. You seem to have a good thing going there. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. THAT's not perfection? What would perfect look like?!