Wow, yesterday was a bit of an adventure for me. I worked for about an hour on my girls’ room (while they were gone) and I did not even get the floor clean. I am not even sure my teenagers noticed, but my almost 5 year old surely did. She actually had a place to sit on the floor and play while I worked. Pretty sure she was in heaven! I took out a full bag of garbage, 2 overflowing hampers of clothes, and 1 full bag to go to the thrift store. Can I just say…… WOW!! I actually set my timer for 20 minutes, but I hardly saw a dent so I kept going.
For today, I will continue to work on their floor and move to the top of the closet. For those of you who were able to finish the assignment from yesterday, move on to clothing. Grab your 3 boxes or bags, put away, throw away, or give away and let’s get to work.
Kids really only need 7-8 play outfits and 3-4 nice outfits depending on the age and season. Try to simplify as much as you can.
Ask yourself…..are they:
- too worn
- too stained
- too big
- too small
- do they wear them?
- do you like them?
Get rid of things that you are not using! They just take up space and add frustration to the young people in your life! Now, if you have teenagers (like me) be careful here. You want to respect their likes and dislikes, but realize ultimately you are accountable for what is in their rooms and what they are wearing. Have your teens work alongside of you and teach them as you go. Ask them the questions. Let them answer. You may want to add some other questions like:
- Does this outfit represent righteousness?
- Is it modest?
- Does it make you feel uncomfortable?
- Can you be active and still maintain modesty?
I believe it is important to train our young people in this area. This is a great opportunity to do this. Try not to get frustrated. As with any training, it takes time. It too is a process.
Tip of the day: If you have hand-me downs that you have received or hand-me downs you want to keep for upcoming kiddos. Put them in a box and mark them accordingly. I LOVE hand-me downs and they have been a huge blessing to us over the years. But they do no good if I do not know where to find them. Storage Organization is vital! I will try to work on a blog post on setting up storage systems.
What are your thoughts and ideas? Is there anything that I can help you with or maybe something that I am missing? I would love to hear from you! Let me know how it goes with your kiddos!