A few weeks ago my girls and I all had the day off. Thing 2 had recently been making noises about wanting to purge her toys. This scared me a bit, so whenever she said something like that, I would slowly back away so as not to let whatever was possessing her know I was on to it.
Anyway, on this particular Friday, I decided to make the most of Thing 2’s sickness and I suggested we clean out the playroom. She immediately agreed and off we went. I first suggested that we take everything out of the play room so we could then bring back in only the things she really enjoys. She was like a machine: back and forth, pulling things out of the room. And all the while, she had a smile on her face! Who IS this girl? In fact, she was having so much fun, that Thing 1 joined in the fun.
This is what the play room looked like when we started:
Pretty sad, huh? It had been getting worse and worse and, eventually, I just gave up asking them to clean it because I knew it was going to take a backhoe anyway.
After everything was out, the girls decided what they wanted to bring back in. I sweetened the pot a bit by telling them that, since they really enjoy doing art projects the most, we could use the proceeds from whatever we sell to make this the most awesome art room ever. That helped. I also told them that, if they reduced their stuffed animal supply by half, I’d give them each $5 extra dollars to buy more art supplies for the room.
I’m happy to say that this is what got left out of the room:
(It doesn’t look like much, but it actually represents a fair bit of stuff. AND notice the bin full of stuffed animals that are going to find a new home!)
I’m not happy to say that that pile is still sitting in my dining room. I want to sell the stuff, but it’s not garage sale season and Craiglist-ing all this stuff will be such a pain!
Here’s what the play room looks like once again:
But, the best part of this process is that, about 3/4 of the way through cleaning the play room, I got a brainstorm about how to rearrange their bedroom so it wouldn’t be so crowded. I came running down the stairs and said, “I just had THE BEST IDEA for your room! But I’m not going to tell you until we finish cleaning the play room!” I am not lying when I tell you that they jumped up and down! And then, I swear this is true, one of them said, “This is fun!”
Stay tuned to see the amazing bedroom transformation!