Cleaning Up and Out Challenge: Week 1 Kid’s Rooms

by Merissa on May 28, 2012

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Welcome to the first week of our challenge! Remember this isn't just about cleaning things up, it's about getting rid of all the things you aren't using and don't really need that are causing clutter in your life.

To be prepared for this challenge you should have boxes for donation and "get-rid-of" items plus bags for trash. I also recommend reading through the book Simpler Living as we work through this challenge. If you have the book this week you will want to read through chapter 8.

This first week we are going to start by going through any kids rooms you have. And if you don't have any kids at home, don't think you are off the hook! This week you will clean out a spare bedroom instead. Remember that this challenge isn't just about cleaning things up, it's a serious cleanout of things that you don't really need anymore or don't use.

I'll be posting again in a few days so we can share our cleaning accomplishments (aka: how many bags of trash you cleaned out, how many boxes of things you are getting rid of).

What are the biggest challenges you will have cleaning out the kids rooms this week?

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1 Rebecca Jolley May 28, 2012 at 9:22 am

I found in my area anything metal or mirrored, sometimes even other items as well, a local junk guy will haul away for free and saved us many dumpster fees. Think he sells it for scrap metal but to me I am just glad its out of my house. Worth a shot to make friends with one if your doing any type of remodel or cleaning out an old house like we are.


2 Marilyn May 28, 2012 at 9:33 am

This week I will be going through the girls’ clothes, to see what still fits, what is too “junky” to wear anymore, what clothes are in the wrong place, etc. I am missing several items of clothing that I highly suspect are in the drawers of my oldest girl! We shall see.


3 Maggie May 28, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Oh, I am so excited to be doing this! I bought the Kindle edition of the book so I will check out Chapter 8. I need a good way to get rid of a TON of my son’s outgrown clothes – taking pictures of everything and putting it on Craigslist seems too time consuming, and I don’t really want to donate it since it’s pretty nice stuff that I should be able to sell. The other thing I have to do is organize tons of tiny action figures and also lots of arts-n-crafts supplies in his room! We keep everything from construction paper and glue to pompoms, googlie eyes and pipe cleaners on hand in case the inspiration strikes him. πŸ™‚


4 Ashley May 29, 2012 at 8:26 am

Darn…I thought I would be off the hook, as I dont have children. πŸ™‚

I have a spare bedroom, which has been the “pile everything that has no home room” I need to go through this terribly, not too sure 1 week will suffice for this one.

Thanks for the motivation! I NEED this!


5 jeanine feldkamp May 29, 2012 at 8:26 am

my biggest challenge is my husband. he is the worst pack rat. sometimes i think he is a hoarder but then i see the tv show and we are no where near that bad. he just keeps stuff we don’t need but *could* be useful later. any tips?


6 Erin D. July 28, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Have him donate household stuff to Habitat for Humanity Resell Store, so disadvantaged families can be helped. Also, the rest of us can purchase his PRIZES at reduced costs to work on our homes (instead of it sitting in your garage collecting dust), while the charity prospers from our purchase.


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