When we moved into our newly renovated house, after 7 months living with my parents while the build was in progress, one of the first areas I wanted to get organised and ready were the kids' bedrooms. I knew that moving was enough of an upheaval and uncertain time for them, so I really wanted them to feel settled and happy in our new home from the get-go. Today I'm sharing how I set up both their bedrooms - decluttered, organised and decorated - over the course of 3 days...
You may remember that last year we were knee-deep in makeovers of both our kids' bedrooms, and I am so glad that we did this back then. If we had had to think about renovating their bedrooms now, on top of all the other things we still have to do on the house, I think I would have cried! (Here's my daughter's bedroom makeover and here's my son's if you missed them).
At the end of our renovation, all that needed to be added to these rooms was new carpet and ceiling fans. I also wanted to do quite a lot of decluttering in their rooms, so it would be easier for them to find the toys they really love playing with, and we weren't holding onto things that were rarely used or needed.
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Although our moving day was officially a Friday, we started getting things ready before that. First up, we needed to completely clear their rooms in preparation for the carpet installation. Here's what we had to deal with:
The week before, my Mum and I moved most of the smaller items out of the rooms, and my husband and I moved the larger pieces of furniture into already overflowing rooms of the house. You could barely move in most rooms of the house during this time, it was crazy!
With empty rooms, we were able to give everything a good vacuum, dust and clean, including skirting, window sills and windows, and pictures on the walls. That counted as Day 1.
On Wednesday, we brought up most of the kids' belongings from my parents' house, including toys, clothes, and books. I used the 'rolling method' to pack their clothes in the suitcase, and kept clothes to be hung on their hangers to make for an easy transfer straight into their wardrobes. Toys in baskets remained in their place, and everything else was packed in carry bags.
It was pretty awesome to have these lovely empty rooms ready to be filled. And there's nothing like smell of new carpet, amiright?
We started by bringing most of the larger pieces of furniture back in, including bookcases, dress-up box and beds. My Dad got stuck into drilling (because I know that this definitely isn't my area of expertise!) and everything was ready to be unpacked properly.
We spent that afternoon doing a bit of sorting, but unfortunately, I wasn't feeling very well and just couldn't get my head in the organising zone, so we didn't get as much done as I anticipated. We unpacked some of the easier things, like clothes, but mostly the rooms were left with piles and piles to be sorted. This was Day 2, although it definitely wasn't a full day.
On Friday - our actual moving day - I was feeling more prepared and ready to get stuck into some serious decluttering and organising! Although I was going from room to room doing bits and pieces, I was mainly focusing on completing the kids' rooms.
As I spoke about in my last post on lessons learned from moving house, I really wanted to do a lot of decluttering and purging of the kids' things as we set up their new spaces - I mean, we had left half their toys at the house for 6 months and they did not miss them at all, so it really made me wonder just how many toys they actually need! My babes have got pretty great imaginations, and can dance around the house in dress-ups for hours... so I was more than ready to do some toy culling.
We had also decided that we were no longer going to store toys and books out in the living room like we used to, so it meant more toys needed to be sorted within their rooms. We are lucky to now have a nice big spare room that used to be our bedroom, where we can store [to be sorted at a later date] a lot of the bigger toys that take up a lot of room.
As I sorted through toys and books, I always had in the back of my mind - do the kids use, need and love this? If the answer was no, it went in the donation bag. I found books a lot harder to sort through than toys, but I did my best to only hold onto ones they enjoy reading.
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I also sorted through clothes that no longer fit properly, were hardly worn or were looking tatty. Although decluttering can be hard work, once you actually get going it is easier to make quick decisions, and it is so rewarding when you're looking at a more clear and clean space. It also makes putting things back in place so much nicer!
After lots of sorting and clearing, here's the rooms completed after the third day. Starting with my 5 year old's bedroom:
I made a few changes to his closet as well, adding a shelf, rearranging and clearing it out a bit. I still want to make some new labels for the drawers but you know.... priorities.
And here's my daughter's room completed!
The kids are both loving hanging out in their rooms, either on their own or with each other, and are rediscovering the joys of the playing with the toys they really do love. And, in my opinion, that is exactly what makes getting organised so worthwhile!
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