As March begins, I’m in high hopes of living more effectively. Here’s a glance back at my progress with the February goals I set to Streamline My Home. I found that with fewer toys in our living space, my son actually engaged more with the activities available and it made cleanup much less daunting and predicable since everything had a place. We have also enjoyed my son’s bedtime routine much more now that we have only the essentials in his room. There is more space for creative, relational play, and again it makes keeping the room clean so much easier.
As you can see, by everything “unessential” heaped onto my bed, I had WAY too much stuffed in the changing table.
In addition to having too much stuff, the space was very cramped due to the transition from crib to twin bed. So our changing table was not only disheveled but also very hard to access. I held onto so many items “just in case” I would need them, but seldom did. I decided I would rather make do without these items than to keep an inefficient, cluttered space that was making it hard to find, use and put away the things I need on a multiple-times-a-day basis. I am so pleased with the results.
It’s hard to imagine we had a changing table squeezed into the space between the foot of the bed and the wall. We very luckily found a narrow bookcase that fit three of the baskets we had been using on the changing table and decided to only keep out cloth diapers and disposable diapers, with a bin at the bottom for socks and two favorite pairs of shoes. The top of the shelf holds wipes and creams. I also took out everything from the closet that could possibly be moved to our basement storage so that I would have a convenient, easy-to-grab space for jackets, a few stuffed animals and some smaller sets of quiet night time toys.
Another area of relative success was streamlining my food storage “tupperware” cabinet. My son so enjoyed helping me clean out the absolutely crammed and disheveled food storage cabinet.
I opted the get rid of all things that did not have a matching lid/bottom and even some pieces that I used infrequently or did not go with a set. I bulked up my supply of glass storage containers in my frequent use sizes and purchased a small tub to use for organizing lids. All of these measures helped tremendously with the constant frustration I had at never being able to find suitable, matching containers in a timely manner.
Did you streamline in February? If so, comment with your success or challenges and additional spaces to tackle.