I took a day this week to focus on the mess (many of the kids were out on a hike with Daddy, my oldest chose to stay home and help me with the two youngest kids). I addressed the mess in stages having prepared for the work by wearing comfortable clothes, hair up and out of the way, bags and boxes for trash and donations as well as a spot for things that needed to go somewhere else.
First I took care of the mess on the floor, the stuff that was getting in the way of doing anything in the room. That really only took about 20 minutes.
Next I took care of the sewing desk. I had unpacked my sewing supplies by just emptying out the boxes into the drawers, not organizing it at all. The goal had been unpacking, not organizing. I hung a shelf my Great Papa had made long ago and arranged my ribbon on it. I'll be able to get to my ribbon easily and it looks pretty. I think this took me just over 30 minutes.
My last task was to organize some of the pre-school toys. I don't just leave these toys out for anyone to play with at any time. We rotate through these and they are for assigned play times.
Organizing was not the only thing I did. I really cleaned out and de-cluttered quite a bit of stuff. Yes, some of it was nice stuff that I could find a use for or we would not mind using. The reality is though that I'm not going to get to some of those projects any time soon. Having too much stuff in the room was keeping the room from being used as we would like and none of the stuff was being used since there was just too much.
Can more be done in this room? YES! This was a great start and I feel like I've finally moved into this room instead of feeling like everything just got dumped in here. This is now a room I want to spend time in, which will help me get through the many projects I would like to get to.
**I think that moving regularly helps me recognize how much stuff we have that we really don't need. Having to handle each thing and find a place for it every time we move makes me want to have less stuff. We spend so much time taking care of our stuff, and it really takes away from the time we should be with our family. Making friends and family a priority is helping us (slowly) realize how little we really need.