My friend Laura enthusiastically said ‘Yes!’
So, we set a decluttering date.
When I arrived at Laura’s home and saw her daughter’s play room for the first time, I ran.
OK I didn’t run, or cry. At first sight I knew it was going to be a long and rewarding day. This project was big. Where should we start?
We started with the big stuff; the furniture. Was all the furniture needed? What would be the best layout for the room? Since it’s a small space, we decided to remove one piece of furniture; a green shelf and drawer unit.
Sorting and purging
Next came the sorting and purging. We purged little kiddie stuff (like Teletubbies and Sesame Street toys) and sorted everything. We put all the art supplies together, the costumes, Polly Pocket, littlest Pet Shop toys… you get the idea. Once sorted, we organized everything and put things away.
In the end we removed four large trash bags full of kid stuff and donated them to goodwill. We threw away two bags of miscellaneous junk toys – broken toys and random pieces of plastic.
Ah, much better!
- Decluttering is more fun with a friend
- Big projects are smaller when you have help
- You purge more when someone else asks questions like: “does your daughter play with this?”
I left Laura’s house exhausted, happy, and completely inspired to declutter my office. I came home, purged a few books from my shelves and sat on my tushie the rest of the night; satisfied with a job well done.
The next morning Laura spent time in her daughter’s play room because it was a peaceful and inviting place – the space was transformed. We added nothing to the space, instead we removed things so that what was there could shine.
How about you? Have you taken on a big decluttering project?