Sometimes when I look around at all the stuff that is taking up the space, I get a bit freaked out!
The mess, the stuff, the organisation in each kids bedroom would probably take me a full day per room to fully sort out, and I’ll need coffee, and/ or wine to get through it.
No – that’s probably not true, and the rooms aren’t messy, it’s just that I feel like everything needs a clear-out.
It’s the little bits that are around the edges of the beds, it’s the clothes not folded in the drawers, or wardrobes. It’s the pieces of paper that are stacking up, forgotten and not looked at since they were drawn on. It’s the sock drawer with single socks, the clothes that the kids keep shoving in the wardrobe even though they don’t fit them any more. It’s the containers on top of containers, that are mostly empty, because all the toys are out and shoved onto desks and shelves.
It’s getting to that time, where all the ‘stuff’ gets to me – and it’s probably because the weather is pretty grotty and cold, wintery, and grey, and I’m inside more than I would normally be.
It’s getting to the stage where the kids and I are going to have a bedroom clean-out. And it’s probably going to be a holiday job, after a couple of days of recovery from the term.
The trick to doing a bedroom clean-out is to have a two-pronged attack!
- Do a rubbish clear out without the kids present.
- Do a toy, clothes, stuff organisation with the kids.
One of the biggest problems with doing a clear-out is that the job looks soooooooo big to a kid. Big and unattainable, with no idea where to start. This is why this job does take some help and organisation from a parent or big person. And, this is a job that could take ALL day to do right, with a few breaks here and there for survival.
These are the sorts of things that need doing during the school holidays, as it’s too big and stressful during the term, and it takes some organisation, some discussion, and the understanding from everyone that some things are going to be got rid or, rubbished, given away or sold on to others. It’s also something that I do every school holiday, and get the kids to take some ownership of, so that it doesn’t become so big that even I can’t deal with it.
Does anyone else do a clear-out in the school holidays? Or do you prefer a giant spring-clean once a year?