When my kids were little it was a lot easier to keep their rooms de-cluttered. I would wait until they were down for a nap or off with grandma and then head into their rooms and do a “Mom Sweep.” Taking out what they didn’t need, outgrown or broken, and disposed of it as I saw fit.
Then my kids started getting older and more aware of what existed in their spaces. They were now going to school and bringing home every single paper that they touched or drew a line on. All of those things were “special” and nothing could be thrown away.
Before you knew it, the underside of the bed looked like a paper factor. Inhaling whole sheets of paper on one side and spitting them out as wadded up balls on the other. McDonald’s toys and dollar store finds littered the floor and found themselves in every nook and cranny of the room – Only to re-appear later, underfoot, in the middle of the night, as you stumbled to your child’s bedside to check on their welfare.
On occasion a smell would begin to emanate from under the bed, and upon further exploration there would surface…..
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Keeping It Simple,