The first item was clothes closets. At our house this is major. Clothes get handed down, clothes get hung in wrong closets -- clothes tend to overwhelm us. I decided to be super bold and set a very lean limit: 5 everyday clothes, two church outfits, two sweatshirts and 3 pajamas. The boys were thankful -- too many clothes was giving them a headache. I tackled their closet first and all the extra was given away or stored into tubs clearly marked. They were happy, I was happy.
Another story. Little frowns danced across their foreheads when they heard my new numbers. Except for Riane. She is exempt from the clothes plan. She receives her own clothing allowance (extremely modest!) and as long as she manages that -- she is on her own. She manages very well -- she buys used and sews like mad.
They are still frowning. I was firm and we swept through their closets. The remains of their day is stacked all over my room. Piles are labeled - give away - possibly sell. De-cluttering their room made my room a mess.
I am already seeing the results of my closet slashing week. The boys no longer have piles all over their room that they can't identify. As in: "Are these clean or dirty?" "dunno - dirty I guess."
I am totally caught up on laundry. Less choices means I know what I am wearing and I know what is clean or dirty. There is no temptation (girls) to run and change every 5 minutes and dump the morning clothes in the laundry room.
I have promised to slash my closet too. However, the week went by and some unforeseen activities infringed on my time and now I have the girls' mess on my floor and my closet is still glutted. I WILL get there.
On another side note, since we were off for the week I took a secret box off the top of my shelf. A very gracious friend gave me a set of quilling items. Papers, tools, books -- the works! I had never heard of this craft and I assured her we would use it .... someday. I didn't want to give it out without a project in mind, Proverbs 29:18 "Where [there is] no vision, the people perish:"
We help out at a nursing home ministry from our church and Jerome asked if we could make a craft for this month's visit. Ahh .... vision.
Some kids enjoyed it more than others, but we are giving them to others so they all gamely participated.