Simple (and small) Living vol. 15

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A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that twice a year we do a big, huge clean out, once around the new year and once again around the time school ends. 

Last week was our first full week out of school so we geared up for the big task of completely cleaning out the kids room, decluttering, and preparing for the summer ahead.

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Move Out

I begin by removing everything but large furniture items such as beds and dressers. I leave the clothing in the bedroom as well.

There’s truly no turning back once you’ve decided to move everything out of a room which is why I suggest starting with such a bold move. 

Handling and removing everything forces me to look realistically at our possession and assess what we should keep and remove. I also really enjoy working with the clean slate of an empty bedroom.

We used the garage to house everything we removed but an extra bedroom, living room, or covered outdoor area can work just as well.

Scrub and Paint

After everything is removed I get a bucket of hot soapy water and wipe down the doors, walls, baseboards, exteriors of furniture, and floors if they are hardwood, otherwise vacuum.

Definitely move the beds away from the wall to clean the wall and the floor beneath the bed.  Use microfiber, it will actually remove the dirt rather than simply spreading it around.

Next I clean the windows inside and out with glass cleaner. Lastly, touch up paint the dings and scratches.

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Rearrange 

Now is a good time to consider rearranging furniture while the room is empty.

When I pulled the triple bunk away from the wall the kids began to beg me to move it to another part of the room but alas it’s so gigantic there’s nowhere else it fits.

I consulted my husband and between the five of us, we decided to cut up our triple bunk. With the help of a skillsaw, my husband was able to simply cut off the top bunk and we used the piece as a twin bed for my youngest who is thrilled to have her own solitary bed. The older two kids took what was left of the structure.

We love how it opened up the room, letting in more natural light and  getting in and out of bed much easier.

The hooks and paper pockets at the head of the triple bunk were sacrificed, something we’ll have to address before school starts in the Fall.

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Move In

I set up three tables in the garage and the kids went through their items choosing items to return to their room. A give-away pile and a trash pile were designated. Three folding tables were whittled down to one table and a book box. These are items we plan to keep but don’t need in the bedroom at the moment.

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While this entire process can be completed in one day we took several days to move back in and deal with our clutter.

The result was a brighter, cleaner, tidier bedroom and the kids (and mom) are thoroughly pleased.

I’ll wrap of my Simple (and small) Living series next week. If you have questions you would like me to answer, please leave them in the comments. It has been a delight to share my life here at Thankful Moms.

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If you’ve missed any of the posts in Sarah’s series, you can find the very first one here, Simple (and small) Living Vol. 1.

Be sure to enter to win a $100 Visa gift card on the post Oh, My Aching Head.  A winner will be randomly selected from the comments.

I’ll be back on Thursday with a post about our new adventure into foster care – exciting, and a bit crazy too.

Lisa

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17 Comments

  1. Angela
    June 21, 2016

    Never thought of taking everything out of the room to sort. But yesterday I had pretty much done the whole room clean out job for Missy. I had her in a room with nothing but dresser, bed, laundry basket and a few dolls which worked wonderful but had to move her to the upstairs room when big sis came home for the summer. This was her twin brothers room and he is able to manage more stuff… And since he was going to the bed in the office I had nowhere to put it. Argh!! Yesterday I had to clean out. I have to be able to see all corners and under the bed. I’m finding food everywhere. Food taken without permission. Treat packages meant for the whole family… Sigh. Simple is best anyway

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    1. Sarah
      June 25, 2016

      Good for you for taking on such a big task! I sure hope you are happy with the end results and enjoy the simplicity. 🙂

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  2. Sophie
    June 21, 2016

    I have really enjoyed this series and am sorry it’s ending! Could you please do a post with links to every post in the series? That would be so helpful. Thank you.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      June 22, 2016

      Great idea, Sophie. I will try to do that when we wrap up the series. Lisa

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      1. Sarah
        June 25, 2016

        Thank you so much for reading Sophie! I am so pleased that you enjoyed my posts and yes, next week I’ll link to all of them. 🙂

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  3. Juli
    June 21, 2016

    I love looking at your house and hearing your ideas! Thank you for the inspiration! Can you tell us more about the boxes under the bed?
    Thanks!

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    1. Sarah
      June 25, 2016

      Yes, Juli! Those boxes I purchased from amazon. I will put a link to them in next week’s post! 🙂

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      1. Juli
        July 11, 2016

        Thank you!

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  4. Lindi
    June 22, 2016

    Dear Lisa and Sarah, This was the first of all your many posts I was able to read and enjoyed it so much. I hope to go back to the first at some point and read them all. Just wonderful! Miss you both!! -Lindi

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  5. Katie S
    June 22, 2016

    I’ve loved hearing about how your family fits into the space you have. My family just added our fifth member (she’s pretty cute!) and we have about 1100 square feet, so reading about other families is inspiring and encouraging.

    You’ve talked a lot about how you manage space and possessions – do you have any tips on how to manage relationships in a tight space? We have more than one introvert in our family that craves solitary time, and it’s hard to accomplish, especially in winter. Would you also comment on what your family things about boy-girl siblings sharing rooms as they get older? How long is that workable?

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    1. Erika
      June 23, 2016

      Hi Katie,
      I’ve spent years working on this issue! We have three boys in one room and a boy (14) and girl (6) sharing another room. In the three boy room, I hung a curtain to separate my introvert boy from his brothers giving him a little privacy. Also, one boy is a collector so I turned the closet into a special place for his stuff with lots of shelves. My boy girl combo has a bunk bed with strict rules about my girl not being allowed in my sons upper bunk. He has a cubby to store his stuff.
      One other thing that’s been helpful is not allowing the kids to hang out with friends in their rooms. Only a minimal amount of toys stay in their rooms, like special gifts with lots of pieces, or display items. Bedrooms are kept quiet and private. My kids are often found reading in bed.
      My kids have grown to love sharing. They never ask for their own space, although I’m pretty sure my daughter will soon!

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      1. Sarah
        June 25, 2016

        Great thoughts Katie! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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  6. Sarah
    June 23, 2016

    Thank you for your comments and questions! Next week I will compile all of the questions into one post. Feel free to ask anything concerning the last 15 posts!

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  7. Todd
    June 23, 2016

    I really enjoyed your site. You are so talented. The house looks awesome. Great ideas!!!

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    1. Sarah
      June 25, 2016

      Thank you so very much for reading! 🙂

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  8. Erika
    June 23, 2016

    Sarah,
    I love your minimalist house! Do you think you may get so good at living small that you won’t build the bigger house?

    Thanks for sharing you personal space and tips!

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    1. Sarah
      June 25, 2016

      Thank you so much. I’ll include your question in next week’s post! That’s an interesting thought. 🙂

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