Annual Playroom Cleanout

playroom.jpgIf your playroom is anything like ours it can get easily disorganized and overwhelmed with old and broken toys. I try to go through it with the boys and reorganize it around Christmas. This gets rid of the broken and old toys they don’t play with and makes room for the influx of Christmas and birthday gifts.

Even though I have the playroom bins labeled with nice large labels with photos, it will inevitable get all mixed up. Then we spend time looking for toys that have been put in the wrong bins. Our playroom has needed to be reorganized for months. I took advantage of Jack being home for two days this week to sort the bins. Believe me I need Jack, because he knows what all the random pieces go to. I would never figure it out on my own.

We seem to accumulate every Happy Meal toy there is throughout the year. Although some are cool, like the transformer toys from a few years ago, others aren’t. Part of our project was to clean out all the random ones that we didn’t need or were broken.

I have been also been using these cleanouts as a way to move out toys that Will has outgrown. I still keep a bin or two of younger kid toys for when little guys visit, but they move to the top out of the way.

Three hours, one garbage bag of trash, a very full recycle bin, two bags of donations and the Wii dismantled we have a nice clean playroom. So nice. I was really proud of the boys; they chose to donate many toys that were in good shape, but they don’t play with anymore.

How often do you go through your playroom?

Organizing My Office

My office is the catch-all room for not only for my work, but also for crafts, sewing, scrapbooking, school supplies, household management and computer electronics. Each time I get it somewhat organized it only lasts for a week or two.

office 9-10

For my birthday I asked for a professional organizer to come and help me get the office straightened out. Even though I probably could have done it on my own, this way I had someone forcing me to take the time and work on it. In order to prep for her visit I finally cleaned out the files that had been building up for at least a year and a half.

My goals for the project were to:

  • Create a place to store the boys’ school work when it comes home and a long-term storage solution for their art projects.
  • Define places for the three computers.
  • Clear enough space that I can hold meetings in my office instead of the kitchen table.

Kate from Eliminate Chaos came and spent four hours with me. We were able to work through most of the office and I had defined things to complete after she left. We were able to identify items that didn’t need to be stored in the office and moved those out to other locations.

One of her tips for me was to set aside time each week to maintain organization after the major push of the project is complete. She said an hour a week should be enough to work through things as they come up.

craft shelves  project shelves

Office shelves

organized office

Some of my favorite changes we made are:

  • Removed the shredder and added a bin to collect materials to be shredded. Once it is full then I will take it to the mobile shred truck in the area.
  • Gathered and organized all of the scrapbook paper into one location.
  • Created project bins on my craft shelves for any in process projects I have.
  • Defined a file drawer for the boys’ schoolwork.
  • Purchased a to-do file box that can move from my desk to counter for things I need to complete.

I hope by spending the time and energy to get this room finally organized that I can keep it that way for a while. The holidays will be a big test, but if I can make it through that then it should be good through anything.

Tech Tip–Color Your Calendar

To help manage our family calendar I use colors for each person when I put the appointments into Outlook. It is an simple way to easily see who has appointments each day. I print out the weekly schedule and post it on our kitchen wall. This video shows how to use categories to color code your calendar in Outlook and Google calendar.

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