Fortunately it's not a whole house, it's just my dd's bedroom. But it's still really, really overwhelming, not just for her but for me. The floor is covered knee high with stuff. It got this way because 1, she has too much stuff, 2, I gave up requiring her to keep her room clean, 2A, almost nothing has been purged in probably eight years and 3, she does not put anything away, ever.
I don't want to get into #2 and #2A right now, but I recently asked her if she would like me to clean out her room for her. She took a deep breath and said yes. So I'm ready to start sorting: keep, toss, give away.
Number three up there is what makes this such an overwhelming task. When she was little and didn't have as much stuff it didn't matter so much if I stopped to organize all the separate things scattered across the floor. Groovy Girl's stuff, American Girl's stuff, stuffed animals, Build a Bears and their clothes, other stuffed animals, crayons, pencil, clothes: clean, dirty, give away, books, books and more books. It might take all day but it was done.
But now there is SO MUCH STUFF that not only can it not be done in one day but it cannot be done in her room. Or, at least I don't think so. I think it makes sense to take piles and boxes and bins out into the dining room/entry (wide open and not used much) and sort them there. But because I can't finish it in one day we end up with piles, boxes and bins to get back to, and of course something comes up, I have to shove it all back into her room and there it stops.
Am I doing this inefficiently? Is there a process I can follow step by step that I can sustain? I'm sure I've got more questions but I've got to dash now. Any help you can provide I would very much appreciate!