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It's day 20 of neatntiny.com's 30-Day Spring Tidying Challenge!
If you're just joining us, check out the link above explaining how it works and the links below for what we've covered so far.
Don't feel like decluttering the whole house? No problem! Just pick and choose:
Day 1: Kitchen Counters
Day 2: Under the Sink
Day 3: Dining Area
Day 4: Cutlery & Utensils Drawers
Day 5: Tupperware Drawer
Day 6: Remainder of Kitchen Drawers, Cabinets & Pantry
Day 7: Fridge & Freezer
Day 8: Front Entryway
Day 9: Mudroom/Back Entry
Day 10: Catch Up
Day 11: Powder Room
Day 12: Living Room
Day 13: Walk-In Closet
Day 14: Master Bedroom
Day 15: Laundry Room
Day 16: Linen Closet
Day 17: Home Office
Day 18: Bathroom(s)
Day 19: Kids' Clothes/Closets
Today we're organizing the kids' bedrooms!
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1. Empty the shelves and storage areas (other than the closet/clothes drawers, of course, since we did that yesterday!). Take everything off the floor and pile it in the hall, just outside the room. If your kids are old enough, get their help.
2. Clean. Sweep or vacuum the floor and wipe down flat surfaces.
3. Decide what gets to stay in the room.
- Depending on how much room's available in the rest of your home, you may decide to keep all of your kids' toys and books in here. If you have a separate playroom or toy storage area, you may not opt to keep many toys/books in their rooms.
The majority of my son's toys are kept in rotating storage bins in the basement, so we don't store all that much in his bedroom.
His bedside drawer contains books---convenient for bedtime stories:
Another cabinet at the foot of his bed houses more books and a small amount of toys. These are periodically rotated in from the main basement toy storage:
And, there's a bit more toy and book storage in these baskets:
4. Divide everything from your kids' room into four groups/bins.
i) belongs in the room
ii) belongs elsewhere in the house
iii) fit to donate/sell used
5. Return to the room the things you've decided to keep and organize.
- Consider making use of floating shelves, which serve double duty as decor and storage:
- Baskets are your best friends when it comes to corralling kids' stuff!
For more on how we organize and decorate our son's room, check out these posts:
Shop Kids' Room Organization
Set of 4 Wall-Mounted Floating Shelves ($41.99, Amazon.com).
Large Cotton Rope Storage Basket ($26.67, Amazon.com).
6. Redistribute the items that belong elsewhere in the home.
7. Donate. Take the boxes designated as 'to sell/donate' and put them somewhere out of sight, but accessible (i.e. mudroom or basement). You'll continue to add to these each day for the rest of the month, with the casualties of each day's tidying task. At the end of the month, you can make a trip (or several) to your local donation bank and/or go on an online selling spree.
8. Dispose of and/or recycle items from the designated garbage/recycling bins.