I told them yesterday what I was going to do. I thought maybe I'd let them help me sort and trash some stuff but after getting in my right brain I decided it would be a lot easier if I just did it. Here's what the room looked like before:
I spread out a blanket in the living room (on the show they take the stuff outside but I wasn't doing that) and piled all the stuff there. The kids helped a little with that. I had to get Kade to go under the bed for me. I don't really fit very well but in the end I had to go under too. Here's the piles of stuff and a helper under the bed:
And here's the room empty:
I don't know how many hours I spent sorting, tossing, and deciding what to do with stuff. It definitely took longer than I thought it would. That could have been because Mat and Kade kept coming to check what I was throwing out. I told them to stay away because I didn't want to deal with any melt downs about stuff being tossed. (I know, I'm mean. But not this mean. Love that blog!) I still have a bin of stuff I don't know what to do with. Maybe I just need to throw it out. Anyway, I filled 3 trash bags and had one BIG load of recycling. My guess this morning was 4 bags of trash. Not a bag guess if I count the recycling load as a bag. I decided I had better wash their sheets too so they could have a really clean room. Here's the results:
This evening we took about 40-50 books to Goodwill. We had enough to open our own library! I feel good about that. I also feel good about that room being clean. I wish I would have had the time and energy to touch up the walls but that will have to be done another time. If anyone would like to hire me all I charge is child care.