It seems every few years, I have to do a complete overhaul of the boys rooms. They just get awful. We are having house gets for the holidays and there is no way that I could let them sleep in the pit that had become their bedrooms.
People have been asking what the kids want for Christmas and they are really struggling to come up with stuff. And now I know why....they already own the whole freakin' toy store!!!
This was mid way through Noah's room.
And here is just one corner in Ben's room. Emily was such a help and organized and dusted so much stuff. The boys were at the movies, so it was a good time to go through stuff.
However, I don't want to throw out or get rid of anything the boys want or need. But, I did move pretty much every single toy to the hallway and they had to pick what they wanted to move back in.
This was both of their dress up bins. So many costumes. And I love that they play with all of this stuff. But, it's too much stuff. They can't find anything they want and half the stuff is outgrown.
So, the boys came home and were shocked at the organized mess. They started going through stuff and then I started getting all sappy over some of it. I mean just look at this Spiderman costume. It's so shredded, but Ben still loved it. I couldn't toss it. So, I saved this costume and a few others that were his favorites. When I picture Ben as a little boy, he is in one of these costumes. Then, I got teary eyed and then Ben got teary eyed. So, I put his favorites in a box, and we moved on. At first Ben was not happy with doing this, but in the end, he was loving that he could find what he wanted and even found toys that he thought had been lost.
Here's Noah's room all finished.
And Ben's. He likes to display all his Legos.
In the end, this is everything that needs to be donated or sold. Not to mention, we took out 6 bags of trash, not little grocery bags either, big bags.
It only took about 10 hours! And I still have about 5 more to go to sort through everything. I group it by characters and see if I can put something together on Craiglist. It's a lot of work, but makes way more money than a yard sale.
Between the sofa moving and cleaning and the boys' rooms, I think I need a vacation! Luckily, the kids get Wednesday thru Sunday off, so it'll be some nice down time.
Of course, we have to decorate for Christmas and Pam is coming up for a visit, but that's just fun stuff!