As we entered the final week of the summer holiday I started thinking about the new academic year. I've taken on more teaching this year and in order to work efficiently, everything has to be tidy and accessible. To put it bluntly - it wasn't.
When I moved into the smaller bedroom and cleared out the masses of storage space I had in my old bedroom in order to rent out that room, I never found a place for everything so that everything has its place. And DD's room was also getting out of control. Lots of toys, clothes and books in, nothing out. It all adds up, especially as I finally decided that she's old enough to keep all her stuff in her bedroom. With a lodger the salon has to be a grown up room and not a playroom, unless it is actually being played in.
My solution last week was to buy more storage - even though I'd said it's not about more storage, it's about owning less. Some wall shelves in DD's room and a shelving unit for my room maybe? We went looking but something stopped me buying. At the last minute I suddenly had the brilliant idea of... wait for it... tidying up. Remember "Think like Gali"? Yeah well I never really achieved that even though I did major decluttering when I moved into the smaller bedroom.
So today we tidied DD's bedroom. Yield: One ride-on toy ready to go to the nursery, two bags of books and toys to donate to the next charity sale, a bag of books to return to a friend who lent us a virtual library when DD was a baby, 40 pine cones that we collected last year (what for?) to the kindergarten for crafts, a bag of old shoes to put by the bins, another bag of good shoes to give to a friend, and a big bag of rubbish to throw out. That's seven bags of stuff we didn't need! And I am not a hoarder.
Not only did we not need to buy new shelves for DD's bedroom, we emptied and moved out of the room, one large storage box on wheels and a sturdy 4-shelf plastic vegetable rack that had been full of toys. The bedroom is now clear, clean and clutter-free. Next stop my bedroom.