Zone Defense Assignment: Organizing Kid Stuff

Time to tackle clutter and disorganization and maybe too much stuff. This month we are organizing the kid stuff in the house so we can a) enjoy the summer with our kids and b) get their help!

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Zone Defense Assignment: Organizing Kid Stuff - Time to tackle clutter and disorganization and maybe too much stuff. This month we are organizing the kid stuff in the house so we can a) enjoy the summer with our kids and b) get their help!

I’ve got my work cut out for me this month when it comes to Zone Defense. If you’re just joining us, it’s a room-by-room organization that I go through each year. Rather than try to put my whole house together at one time, I work through each area, or zone, of the house, dejunking and reorganizing so that it works better for the season we live in.

Over time I’m getting better at chucking stuff, but it’s still hard to let things go, especially those things that I paid good money for.

This month, I’m reexamining the kid zones of our house. If you’re looking for ideas on how to rethink the kid zones at your house, check out these posts from past years of Zone Defense:

Your kid zones may be limited to a bedroom or playroom. For us, I’ve got three bedrooms (2 kids a piece), a couple small play areas of the house, and our school room. And currently, they need a little attention.

Here’s how I plan to tackle those areas:

Zone Defense Assignment: Organizing Kid Stuff - Time to tackle clutter and disorganization and maybe too much stuff. This month we are organizing the kid stuff in the house so we can a) enjoy the summer with our kids and b) get their help!

School Stuff

Whether you teach your kids at home or send them somewhere private or public, chances are you have a bunch of school papers and books to sort through. I know I do!

Our homeschool year is ready for the big transition. The boys are moving to a slower schedule with literature and math and writing. The girls have another month to go full steam ahead. But, we are winding down the current year over all and getting ready for the next one in which I will have students in 12th, 9th, 7th, 5th, 3rd, and 1st grades. Heavens!

FishPapa and I are taking the teens (FB16 and FB13) to the Great Homeschool Convention in Ontario next week. That means I will (hopefully) be coming home with new ideas for how to better our school routine and I’ll have a better idea of next year’s curriculum (more on that later this month!)

If you are going to the California GHC, I would love to meet you! Leave me a comment if you’d like to have coffee over the weekend. We went two years ago and loved it! It was by far the best homeschool convention I’d ever been to.

This all means I’m giving the school room the bulk of my attention this month. I’ve got lots of papers to sort and file, many books to unload, and a bit of restructuring to do so that folks know where their stuff is.

Zone Defense Assignment: Organizing Kid Stuff - Time to tackle clutter and disorganization and maybe too much stuff. This month we are organizing the kid stuff in the house so we can a) enjoy the summer with our kids and b) get their help!

Kids Rooms

I got a little heat a few years ago when I posted this picture on Facebook. Folks thought I was some kind of monster that I didn’t put all kinds of crazy things on my teen boys’ bedroom walls. The reality is that they like it this way: clean and simple. So do I. It’s not always like this, mind you. But, they know their room is more peaceful when it looks more like this.

We have never forbade our kids from decorating their rooms. They have never asked for anything different. I’m reposting my stance on clean and simple kids rooms because ain’t nobody got time for all those Pottery Barn Shenanigans.

But, if YOU or your kid does and you don’t have a probably keeping it clean and tidy, more power to you. I just don’t have it in me. ;)

The kids and I will be working through their rooms dejunking some collections and sorting through clothes. FishBoy11-almost-12 has started his growth spurt and now his hand-me-downs are inundating his younger brother’s dresser. We need an intervention before the drawers explode.

The girls room (pictured below) needs a bit of an overhaul as well.

Zone Defense Assignment: Organizing Kid Stuff - Time to tackle clutter and disorganization and maybe too much stuff. This month we are organizing the kid stuff in the house so we can a) enjoy the summer with our kids and b) get their help!

Play Areas

We’ve got three main play areas: the man cave, the family room, and the cupboard under the stairs. A few months ago I emptied “Harry’s room” because it held more than the girls could take care of. It just holds their play kitchen, but could use some upgrades.

The game shelf in the family room obviously needs some attention. I’m not touching the man cave.

So, that’s my dejunking plan for the month of June.

What’s YOUR plan for Zone Defense?

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  1. Uuuugh, it is that time of year again! I have 3 boys ages 16, 12, & 5 sharing a room- and it works surprisingly well. I have to cull furniture, clothing, and Nerf guns out of that room.

    I have two girls ages 14 & 10 in one room they are my horders. Once again it’s clothing, collections, and oh yes, more furniture that must leave their room. They also need some under the bed storage for seasonal clothing.

    Lastly is another girl bedroom for ladies ages 8 & 2 their bedroom is the dumping ground for all things dress up, dolls, stuffed animals & art. I am not sure what to do in here except toss it all, lol! No matter how many times I organize it, it still ends up all over. In the past I have removed things to the basement for a time… maybe I need to do that again?

    I too am in process with tying up loose school ends, and moving ahead with some students. In the summer months it gets very hot here, so it is better to keep a light school schedule durring the morning when it is too hot to play outside, and then swim in the afternoons. The school area is trashed! I am taking this week off from teaching little people (though big kids are still working) so I can de-junk the room. I want to turn it into a more library feel in there- maps on the walls, two easy chairs, our book cases and a smaller table to work at. Once again more furniture is coming out (random ugly bookcases and toddler table).
    Whew, aren’t you sorry you asked? Btw I LOVE your boys simple bedrooms. I know my children enjoy their rooms more when there is less in them. Look at old children’s books for pictures of children’s bedrooms and you will often only see a bed, a chair, a dresser (small) and maybe a small bookcase. Those rooms are so beautiful!

    I can’t wait to here about the homeschool convention in Ontario! What will you replace/ freshen up in your homeschool? What is the latest in homeschool cool?

    • We are trimming our budget, so I don’t plan on spending a lot. Will be selling a bunch of things here on Life as MOM and then just trading out stuff from our deep storage for the new year. I need to make our school room a little more functional.

  2. We have never followed most of these rules for a clean and simple kids room. Our girls each have their own room. We have never had the money to buy new bedroom furniture for them so it’s hand-me-down, miss matched central. Their walls are painted a simple white and are covered in posters, artwork, calendars and photos. As for clean floors – that’s a no go too– beanbag chairs, stacks of books, and other treasures on the floor. However, both take very good care of their things and they contain the mess to their rooms. I noticed about 6 months ago my 11-year old started straightening up her room each night before bedtime without being asked. Talk about progress!!!

    Our clean and simple applies to the rest of the house. They both understand that they need to keep their stuff in their rooms when they are not playing with it. Far from a perfect solution, but it works for us.

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