Project: Simplify: Angry Kid’s Toys and Clothes

We’ve reached the end of Week 3 of Project: Simplify with Simple Mom.  Project: Simplify will be five weeks in total.  I’ve organized our master bedroom closet, paper clutter, and now Angry Kid’s room.  My husband thinks I’m nuts as usual.  I have a bad habit of going on late night cleaning sprees when I’m pissed off about something.   But really, it is hard to declutter this much when the family is awake, so I have to clean late at night.  I used to move around my furniture when I was little at like 11pm. So this is nothing new.

Angry Kid tends to get a bit chaotic with his toys and clothes. I’ve learned that about him over the past five years and ten months that he has been alive.  He tends to get some of his habits from his father….the apple doesn’t fall far, let’s just say that.  I’m constantly picking up clothes and shoes from the floor of his room.  I’ve created stations and places for everything in his room.  His closet has toy storage area, and his clothes going in dresser drawers, the drawers under his bed, or the closet.

Here are BEFORE photos of his room, before I attacked it:

Angry Kid's bookcase beforeThis is the view of Angry Kid’s room when you walk in the door.  The Legos are taking over the top of the bookcase and the books are falling out.

Angry Kid's dress before photoYes, we have a problem with Legos in our house. They are taking over the top of Angry Kid’s dresser too.  The dresser seems to be the catch-all for random stuff that we find throughout the house.  I had to go through Angry Kid’s clothes too.  I yanked all of the too-small shirts and faded stuff to donate.

Angry Kid's floorAngry Kid has a clothing hamper and he knows how to use it, well most of the time.  And the Nerf darts, well they are throughout our house.  We tend to have Nerf wars daily.

Angry Kid's closet before cleaning

Angry Kid's Closet Before

The closet is not too bad.  I went through some of the bins in the closet and put things in the donate bag.  I also had to put stuff that was on the floor and dresser into the right spots.

Here are the AFTER photos:

Bookcase After PhotoI put all of the excess Legos in their spot and re-arranged the books.

Angry Kid's DresserIt is shocking but you can actually see the top of the dresser.  I have seen the top of the dresser for at least a month.  Several things went into the trash.

Angry Kid's floor afterThe bed is made and the floor is all picked up. Not toys scattered, and no Nerf darts.

Angry Kid's closet after

Angry Kid's closet afterEverything is put away in the closet.  I put all of the Lego City buildings and vehicles on the top of the shelves.  We’ve had a few accidents with these sets.  The fire station fell off the dresser once.  It was a tragedy.  I’m not sure who shed more tears, my son or my husband.  Do you know how many pieces those Lego kits have? Let’s just say a lot.

I have about three bags full of stuff to donate in the garage.  I’ve donated at least 2-3 bags every week for the past month.  I’m excelling at this delcuttering thing.

And I’m sure I will get some questions about the decorating of Angry Kid’s Room.  I did a post in October of 2010 with pictures from the room makeover, and how everything was done, including the closet.

13 comments
Sandy Jenney - Organize with Sandy
Sandy Jenney - Organize with Sandy

Thanks so much for linking this to my organizing mission link party. omg.. I love his room. The colors are great... and that closet! wonderful!!

Aracely @daytrippingmom
Aracely @daytrippingmom

Looks pretty amazing! I'm so jealous. I really want to do this to the kids playroom because there is no rhyme or reason to it. You've inspired me to hit the container store this afternoon.

Amanda @ Confessions From HouseholdSix
Amanda @ Confessions From HouseholdSix

Looks good! I'm currently doing the same thing in our house. I went through some moving boxes we still had not really opened upstairs, and we donated 6 bags of clothes. Insane. If your son really wants to keep his Lego sets together to play with, I know some people super glue them so they can't come apart once they're together. I've tried to talk my older child into this so we'd have less to clean up and he'd still have plenty to play and build with, but he's not game.

Nikki
Nikki

ooh i love me some organization. it looks good.

Tsh @ Simple Mom
Tsh @ Simple Mom

Looks amazing, Julie! Love your wall colors, too. Even the closet is painted... amazing. And I love how different your toys are than ours, our kids being in different life stages. We only have a small collection of Lego so far. But with how much those few kill my feet from stepping on them, I can only imagine what the future holds.

Cheryl M
Cheryl M

I am SO, SO, SO thankful that DH is not into legos--not sure how it missed him but I am thankful. I have friends who have bins upon bins of legos and legos that you can't touch. We have megablocks so it's not too bad. I have debated getting legos for my kids because the one thing I have noticed is that the men (& women) who had legos as kids tend to be handy & can fix things & build things. It was an interesting discussion back in one of my psych classes. I also tend to declutter & pick up after the family is in bed--much easier. I have also become more firm in my 'stop what you are playing with & come help pick up this earlier mess'. I am trying to get in the habit of having the boys pick up for 6 minutes (since the oldest is 6 yrs old) before heading off & getting ready for bed. They are really surprised that almost all the toys get put away in that time. (mind you in the living room they all just go in a basket) Have you seen the DIY projects for the book holders like they have in schools? It's like a fabric pocket & the books face out? I'm thinking of trying that out since the bookcase is always spilling out books. & DS wants me to say "Cool Storm Trooper mask!" & he likes the panda bear buz it looks like it has a storm trooper outfit on too

T
T

I should totally be doing Project Simplify... but with 5 kids (and about 100 times more lego sets - not even joking) I'm pretty sure their 5 weeks would become my 5 years... in 5 years? yeah, two of my boys will have moved out - thereby simplifying things a LOT!

Tractor Mom
Tractor Mom

This looks great! I need to get into my boys room and do the same thing...

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

We live in a small house. I have to be organized. I'm almost obsessed with it.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Legos are expensive and painful but my son loves them. He plans with them all the time. I appreciate you doing Project Simplify. I'm getting so organized.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

LOL...Legos are soooo expensive. Yet, my son plays with them all the time. I think my husband takes more joy in the Legos than the kid. I'm constantly cleaning and blogging after bedtime. I've seen the fabric pockets. There are some great tutorials out there on how to make them.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

LOL....you make me laugh...you make me so happy that I only have one kid.

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