Old homes aren’t usually coveted for their closet space, but one of the pleasant surprises in our nearly 100-year-old abode is the cavernous 8′ x 4′ closet space in the kids’ rooms. With shelves along the walls and storage space clear up to the 10 foot ceiling, there’s a lot of room for stuff. Often doubling as a mini-playroom for my little ones, this blessing can quickly turn into a curse when we don’t keep up with the clutter. Case in point:
What a mess! One of my New Year’s goals is to keep my home company ready. I don’t mind the “we live here and play here” look, but a cluttered, messy home simply is not a peaceful home. Although I don’t anticipate any company wandering into the closets, I’m shootin’ for an overall theme here.
Today we tackled the girls’ closet, moving everything off of the floor and shelves. The kids helped decide on a few toys to put away in storage for a while (rotating toys to reduce clutter is a strategy I’ve been meaning to implement for a long time) and we even managed to find a few things to give away and/or throw away.
Oh, look! There is a floor in the closet! (yes, a window, too… bizarre, I know)
Ah, so much better. My next tackle is to train my children to return one toy to it’s place before taking out another. They currently tend to prefer the “let’s make the biggest mess possible in 5 minutes” routine. Breaking that habit should help me keep my home company-ready.