We made more of a mess while cleaning.
And there's still a mess in the playroom downstairs. We're working on it.
But they love their peaceful bedroom now!
I gave the girls a big pep talk before we started. We live in a small two bedroom house, and just can't continue piling up things and filling our house! I talked to them about making space to play, getting rid of what we don't love and keeping what we enjoy most. We talked about how "things" are to be used and enjoyed, not hoarded, and sometimes that means giving those things to someone else who will use and enjoy them. Someday we may have a bigger house, but this is what we have now and we need to fit into it! They know that other people do not even have homes and we are very blessed to have the one that we live in. While we wish for a bigger one, we should do the best we can with our little house. (This was a pep talk to myself as well.)
I am so proud of them for making good choices! They got rid of an entire laundry basket full of stuffed animals, threw away lots of random papers and junk, and chose to pass along some things we didn't need anymore. They LOVE their new baby doll corner and all the space that they have to play now. We moved the toy shelf to a downstairs room that we are working on organizing as well. That is a bigger project that requires purchasing some new shelves, but hopefully that will happen soon. I've been very overwhelmed with our house and it feels great to be organizing it now. We tackled the hallway school cupboard and several other messy spots this week too. My bedroom bookshelves will be getting whipped into shape tomorrow!