I enjoyed making the Living Room Cleanup video where I cleaned the entire living room in under 30 minutes. My daughter liked it too, so we decided to do a video of cleaning her room.
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Hi, Welcome to Rethinking the Dream. I’m Eric West. Today we are going to do a bedroom cleanup. A couple videos ago we did a living room cleanup in less then 30 minutes. Actually we got it down to about 20 minutes, so that was great. Today we are going to try to do a kid’s bedroom.
This is the level of mess it’s been. My daughter Josie has been having her friends over the last few days… actually the last few weeks, and they clean up a little bit in-between, but this just happens over time. Since we’ve already done a bunch of decluttering, it makes the cleanup easier.
She has just a few categories of things around here. She has some doll stuff, some lego stuff, and some stuffed animals, and arts and crafts.
We’re going to see if she can do the cleanup, pretty much by herself, in 30 minutes. If we can do that, then I think our decluttering efforts have been a success.
Eric: You ready to get started?
I have a timer over hear, I’m going to start the timer… I’m going to help her by pointing to a direction to start. I’ll have her work a little spot and then I’ll tell her another little spot. The parental guidance really helps, because when you sit down and look at this you get a bit overwhelmed, especially for kids. I’m going to point her in the right direction and let her do most of the cleanup herself this time.
Sometimes I help and sometimes I don’t, it depends on how much mess there is and what kind of mood she is in. Today we’re going to try to let her do it herself… and I’ll get the timer started.
Ready… set… go.
Suitcase from a sleepover. This was an easy place to start.
The cat likes to help too.
Cat says, “Make the bed.” “Put away this game.” “Don’t forget this spot.”
Lego drawer. Legos are one of her favorite toys right now, and storing them in the drawer makes them easy to access and also easy to cleanup.
Here comes the cleaning inspector, Meow. The lego drawer passes.
We like this Ikea cabinet. It does a good job of hiding toys out of site while keeping them easily accessible.
Rainbow Loom bracelets – she had them stored in a plastic bin under the cabinet. We have a rule that nothing is stored under, that is what the little discussion is about. I said it was ok for now, but we’ll fix that when we declutter (which was right after this cleanup.)
She had some bracelets attached to the doll house and she decided to take the time to remove them before putting the dollhouse away.
Basket from Publix – given to her by a friend’s grandmother to carry some stuff home. This will be returned to the store. (I was a little irritated to see this come in the door, it’s a pet peeve of mine to remove items like baskets and shopping carts from the store to carry stuff home.)
I’m making a pile for her to sort through. She has a hard time deciding what’s next when things are too scattered.
After making some progress on the pile, I added to it from another area.
Again, making a pile for her to sort.
The top of the cabinet is her favorite spot to clean. She doesn’t like it to getting cluttered.
Oops, there goes the timer. (knocked off the top of the cabinet.)
Tangled headphones, need some help from dad.
Making a pile from off-camera items.
Another small pile.
Cat: “Time for final inspection… Oh, vacuum, good idea.”
A kid sized vacuum. Definitely not a must have, but she wanted it, and it helps her participate in that aspect of cleaning.
Ok, let’s see what we have. 27 minutes. 27 minutes and she even had time to vacuum. The rooms not perfect, we actually still have some decluttering to do. Sometimes when we are cleaning, we’ll clean and declutter at the same time. Today I wanted to split it out to see how long it took to do just the cleanup. In a future video we’ll do some of the decluttering too.
So, 30 minutes or less bedroom cleanup, and … and the camera battery died. Good thing it happened at the end of the video.
If we had attempted this 30 minute cleanup three years ago, it would have been impossible. Heck, even up to a year ago after several decluttering sessions, it would have been unlikely we could have finished in 30 minutes. It has taken us about three years to get to the point where the stuff in her room is minimal enough to limit the mess.
During each decluttering session she would get rid of more and more stuff. We’re finally down to a minimal level, where even if everything is out, it doesn’t take too long to put it all away. I’m really proud of her for her effort in reducing the number of toys to a manageable level.
I believe the key to success in our case has been participation and inclusion. We have included her in every step of the process. When we declutter our areas, she was included. We talked about what we were doing and why. We lead by example. By the time we got to decluttering her room she was excited to participate and jumped right in.
In a future video I’ll talk more about the decluttering process.