Organizing Toys: One Step At A Time: Making A Start
With Christmas fast approaching, the impending influx of more toys has me in a state of panic.
I have been very tardy about sorting my son’s room out since we moved what remained of his toy clutter from the old toy room (now a martial arts room) to his bedroom.
It all got piled in one corner, then overwhelm kicked in so I kept putting off the inevitable as the thought of starting such a task that seemingly had no end in sight was no fun at all.
Anyway with my new ‘one step at a time‘ philosophy, I have allowed myself to make a start on the room with no expectation of finishing it in the same sitting – phew. That’s a load off.
So I did. I decided to spend half an hour – I had a bit more time than usual – as it was a Sunday, so I took up a load of empty boxes from my stash along with a trash bag and set to work.
I actually dragged my son along to help although his idea of helping was to play with the toys at the bottom of the chaos that he hadn’t seen for a while. Anyway he was there to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to which toys he wanted to keep.
Stupidly I didn’t take a ‘before’ picture – doh. I think I was so impressed that I’d taken the initiative and actually started that I got carried away!
Anyway I set the timer and off I went. At one time, each type of toy was contained in its own storage bin or box but things had not been put back hence the mish mash of mess that remained.
I took one box at a time and allocated each toy to either the trash or a box with that type of toy – so Power Rangers in one, one off items in another, Gormiti in another, Bionicles in yet another – you get the idea.
It went quite well so at the end of the 30 minutes I had a bag of trash and lots of boxes of more organized toys.
I’m still left with this lot which looks pretty bad but believe me, I did get through quite a few boxes of chaos.
This will have to wait for my next ‘one step at a time’ session, but it’s OK because at least I’ve started and that has been a long time coming. Have you?
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