Coming Clean, Day Two: The School Room


In Simple Mom‘s ebook, Spring Cleaning for Normal People, she recommends a basic plan of action for decluttering and cleaning your entire home. It takes about two weeks, depending on the size of your house and the quantity of your junk possessions. Day One, as I explained yesterday, is a quick clean sweep: putting things away, tossing trash, removing things that don’t belong. You tackle the obvious messes and then you’re set to dig in deeper, room by room.

Her second day is the living room, or the room that is the most lived in. Our living room is pretty sparse. We don’t have a lot of knick-knacks, no bookshelves, just couches, chair, table, and a tv. We spend a fair amount of time there, but there isn’t much stuff there. Therefore, not a ton of deep cleaning, sorting or purging to be done.

We spend a great portion of our days in the Schoolroom/Office. We have several computers in this room, most of our books are here, and this room holds the work stations for the budding artists and writers in the family. It’s also where most of our stuff is. As a result, I chose to make that my first mountain to climb.

My To Do List for The Schoolroom/Office

- general dejunking
- clear off school tables and wipe down
- declutter bookshelves
- file piles of paperwork
- unpack boxes and remove to garage
- sort through cupboards, clean and organize
- organize computer equipment and CDs
- consolidate last year’s records and schoolwork; finish up portfolios
- wash windows and blinds
- vacuum all the nooks and crannies
- hang white boards
- start pricing discarded books/sell on eBay, etc.

As you can see the room was a total shambles when I started. I didn’t get to this room in my Clean Sweep. In hindsight, it would have been helpful to have started with clean surfaces and less trash. With a full morning schedule with the kids, I didn’t get started until 1 pm. I’m going to guess that I spent about 3 hours total working on this, after interruptions, dinner, etc.



I started with the tables since I was going to need workspace to unload bookshelves and cupboards. I brought in a big trash can, a box for garage sale, a box for eBay. I also kept a clipboard handy to jot down the things that I think I’ll need to make this room more efficient. I also made notes about books to remember to use during the school year.

- general dejunking
- clear off school tables and wipe down
- declutter bookshelves
- file piles of paperwork
- unpack boxes and remove to garage
- sort through cupboards, clean and organize
- organize
- consolidate last year’s records and schoolwork; finish up portfolios
- wash windows and blinds
- vacuum all the nooks and crannies
- hang white boards
- start pricing discarded books/sell on eBay, etc.

I didn’t get as far as I hoped, so tomorrow should prove to be an interesting one. However, I have three boxes of stuff to get rid of and one box of recycling as well as a full trashcan. So progress has been made. See?


The books should be so much easier to manage now. I weeded quite a few from our shelves. The bottom two rows hold plastic tubs of books, arranged like file folders in a drawer. I got this idea years ago from Organized Home. The idea is to make it easier to put away than it is to take out. Wise thinking. The boxed books hold our read alouds.

While Simple Mom suggests ditching anything that you don’t use or consider beautiful. I added a third criteria with the read alouds: Am I willing to read this ten times in a week? If so, it stayed.

Top on the list tomorrow is a battle with the paper monster. I hate filing bills and I tend to get all sentimental on school papers.

Anybody have a trick to taming the paper beast? I’d love to hear it!

*PS We’re renting this house. There’s no way that racing stripe would have lasted this long otherwise. If we renew the lease, I’ll be adding “new paint” to my list.

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Comments

  1. Jenny B. says:

    You have totally inspired me! I really need to work on our school room. Thanks for the pics.

    Jenny

  2. For school papers that you don't want to get rid of you could buy each of your kids a HUGE 3 ring binder and then translucent paper holder things and put their school work in those. Then they can just flip through them and look at them whenever they want. It also is kindof a journal for them to show how they have developed over the years. I did this a while ago to organize a huge box of letters that me and my hubby wrote to each other for 2 years while he was living far away before we got married. I hated having them in an old box unorganized so I took them all out and opened them up and organized them by their dates recieved and then put the whole letter in one of the translucent paper holders. That way I could pull out the whole thing at once and read them when I wanted and it only takes up a small and organized section of our home instead of a huge ugly unorganized box.

  3. Anonymous says:

    This system seems similar to Flylady's – picking up and tossing out things throughout the house and then decluttering one room at a time. FlyLady is FREE – no ebook to buy.

    mrf

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