Anyway, this week I attacked the kids rooms and with the exception of two rotting apples found festering behind the bookcase, it wasn't as bad as I'd feared. I bundled up the clothes that no longer fit and divided them in to stuff I could give away to friends and relatives, and stuff (still wearable) I could take to the op shop. Wow, finally I could get the cupboard doors to shut.
Similarly with toys I was pleased to discover some new unopened toys that I'll be able to give to Kmart's wishing tree appeal http://wishingtree.kmart.com.au/ It's a great cause. I binned the broken stuff and will op shop some of the good used toys that they've grown out of or tired of. I'm always amazed how a quick clean out also encourages a rediscovery of toys they may have forgotten about. Sometimes using your toys on a rotational basis is just as good as buying new ones!
I then did a cull of their bookshelves and any good quality books that are no longer being read I'm going to take to a local book exchange who may accept them (I get credit for this which means I can choose 'new' books from there at no cost) and the remainder can again go to the op shop.
Lastly, I rearranged some of the furniture because I find that nothing inspires me to clean more than the chance to change things around and find new exciting ways to live. Sometimes it only takes changing the bed from one side of the room to the other to open up whole new possibilities for displaying pictures or making a new play space. It keeps life interesting, and that's not such a bad thing (even if it does involve some cleaning).
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