Spring Break Day 7

I did it again! I had a day without children and I cleaned and organized!

Ok, so the day didn’t start with a massive sleep in today, though. The kids weren’t due at their respective fun until 9:00ish, so at 7:00am (THANK YOU, CHILDREN!) everyone was up and clamoring for breakfast. In fact, there was so much of the I’M HUNGRY! that you would swear we didn’t feed them dinner the night before…and we totally did.

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Charlie even ate a ton! It’s a win all around. Oh, and yes, Charlie is shirtless and Eddie is wearing a winter hat. Both for no apparent reason other than it was breakfast time.

They were quite, um, full of it this morning, so after some voice raising, everyone got cleaned up, dressed, and was ready to go by 8:45am. We dropped Alice off at daycare, then headed over to my parents’ house where the boys were going to spend the day with grandpa. After getting them inside, Ed informed me I could leave. He did not have to tell me twice.

I dropped off all the loot I cleaned out of Alice’s closet on Tuesday to Good Will and then stopped for some Starbucks. Once home, I enjoyed my coffee and a little Today Show.

Then I gathered up my trash bags, tunes, and beverage and headed downstairs to the two scariest rooms in the house: The boys’ room and the toy room.

Eddie and Charlie's room before

Eddie and Charlie’s room before

Now, to be fair, Charlie extra-trashed the room the day before and I didn’t bother doing anything about it because I knew I would be cleaning and organizing today, so this is a little worse than normal. But the closet, yeah, that is just how it was. So much stuff.

Last weekend I went through and took out all the boy clothes that don’t fit Charlie anymore and gave them to our nephews. And yes, it still looked like this despite cleaning out two tubs of clothing. QUIT JUDGING ME!


Anyway, someone asked me on Facebook today how I tackle something like this. First, I try not to let it get like this. But we are just coming out of the Baby Days, so there was a lot built up that could finally be purged. I have been looking forward to this day for a long time.

Anyway, I just start. In the boys’ room I started with the books/toy cubbies. I organized all the books and weeded out all the broken or ‘what the heck is this?’ toys from the three toy cubbies. I then sorted them into Duplos, Bey Blades, and Misc.

Then I made the beds. Right there made it feel like I had half the room done. The easy half.

So then I just kept going around the room. Next up was the toy box. Then the dresser. Then the craft area (hint: I threw away 2/3 and only put back 1/3). Then the closet. We still store quite a bit in there, but not as much as before thanks to my lack of attachment to things that we haven’t used in who knows how long.

So here is the after…


I three three bags of garbage away out of this room. Most of it was “art”. I hauled another bag+ out to be donated.

Cortney came home shortly after I finished this room, so I took a break for lunch.

Then it was time to face the beast: The Toy Room.

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I have no good excuse for this. The boys’ room I actually tidy up from time to time, but I just close the closet. Out of sight, out of mind. This room? I just don’t go in it. I avoid it. Then it ends up looking like this.

Charlie has a bad habit of bringing toys upstairs to play with and then when told to bring them back down, they just get set in the room rather than put where they belong. Also all his birthday presents were “set” in here. And there are things that just don’t get played with or are broken.

So again, I just picked a place and started. In here, I began with the couches and the coffee table and worked toward the mega-mess-center. Then I worked my way around the train table. I had all the totes set out for sorting plus a trash bag for dump and one for donate.

I filled another trash bag and two more donation bags. I found homes for all Charlie’s new toys either in their closet (all that space!) or in the freed up space from donating things.

Ninety minutes later…

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The entire house now needs a really good vacuuming, but at least the carpet is visible to do so.

The boys were hilarious when they saw the downstairs. Both ran around yelling that I am the best mom ever. Huh. I just had to clean up their horrendous mess to get that title? Who knew?

They all must have had a big day because they all zoned out after dinner until bedtime.

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Which I was totally cool with because I am exhausted and Cortney had bowling tonight. Now…if everyone can sleep until 7am again tomorrow…

yeah, that probably won’t happen two days in a row. But I can dream, right?

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. When my kids were little, they also LOVED the days I’d tidy up because suddenly toys/books/games they’d lost to the mess were visible again.

    And there was nothing like sorting things to donate to get Jack and Karly playing with something old again.
    Not because they were selfish, but because they were reminded about fun from the past.

    So I’d let them play with a few things again for a week or so, then donate.
    Fresh fun (one last time) before generosity.
    Win win.

  2. After you were done with the purging and organizing, did you find yourself wandering into these rooms more often than usual, just to admire your handiwork? It’s one of my favorite parts about this sort of task. 🙂