My seven year old daughter's room has been a tip for quite a long time because I have been so very overwhelmed with many other things. It has been a source of constant frustration between the two of us. She won't get rid of stuff because it's 'important' or 'precious' or 'something that so-and-so gave me' The excuses were endless! But there was literally a midden in the corner of her room, crap strewn around and a cupboard door I could not close. It was doing my head in.
I had warned her for awhile that she would need to declutter and that we were doing it today because her brother was at kinder so I would not be distracted by him. I was also very lucky in a Savers find on the weekend: a Zhu Zhu pet house attachment thing and I convinced her that her old toys would give her as much pleasure as that house did for her
We were in that room for between 3 - 4 hours in total
At the end I removed
* 7 coles shopping bags worth of crap for the bin
* 3 re-usable coles bags of paper for looking at later
* 3.5 jumbo size garbage bags for Savers
The difference is amazing!
The only thing we need to do now is go through all that paper and sort out the important stuff and also go through her undies and socks drawer to sort out what doesn't fit
I am so proud of her for stepping up to the plate and helping out