I didn't keep a total of how many items I got rid of, but I just had to share about my successfull week end. I completely de-cluttered and rearranged my kids' "study area". It looks so great!
There is a little "area" (for lack of a better word) between my entryway and my kitchen. The deep-freeze lives there, and there is also a table that is too small to seat my whole family, too nice to get rid of, kwim?
I moved everything out from against the walls and vaccuumed thoroughly. Then I sprinkled the floor where the deep freeze goes with lavendar oil. (The carpet had a funny smell, and I don't want/can't afford to have it steamed at the moment, so... The heat created by the deep freeze also sends the fragrance of the essential oil into the room.
) I put the three 5-gallon buckets of wheat that were in my bedroom between the wall and the deep freeze. Now they are closer to the kitchen, (which means I may actually remember that I have all that wheat, and, more importantly, feed it to my family
) but they aren't immediately visable. I topped the deep freeze with a mattlesse tablecloth that I forgot I had
: and placed a basket of fruit on top (to be eaten for after school snacks). Next, I put the table against the window, and placed an antique suitcase underneath it. I moved the extra school supplies that were under my bed in a Rubbermaid tote into the suitcase (please tell me I'm not the only one who buys two cases of notebooks when they are on sale for 10 cents per notebook during back-to-school!) I plastered the outside of the suitcase with some really cool travel stickers that we had received from some children's magazine. Then, I put a piano bench that had no permanant home (mainly because we have no piano
) next to the table for seating. I put my eldest son's collapsable music stand, the English dictionary, and the Spanish dictionary inside the seat of the piano bench. (The piano bench is positioned so that the "open side" is away from the table, for ease of access.) I placed a large wicker basket between the table and the wall as a place for backpacks, and left room between the wall and the basket for my eldest son's cello. Then I put a porcelain jar (without a lid) in an old wooden cheesebox on the table to hold pencils. (The box holds the pencil sharpener, et cetera) Finally, I placed a straight-backed chair against the last wall for my son to sit in while he practices his cello. (The piano bench would work, but this way his brothers still have a place to sit and do their homework while he practices.)
I am so pleased with the final results! I especially love that it cost me NOTHING, gave a purpose to a few things that had just been malingering in my house, and freed up space in my bedroom. (And all of my sons told me that it made doing their homework much simpler. Now if they would just stop leaving their homework until Sunday night...)
Keep up the decluttering, mummas. It's soooo worth it! (Now I'm inspired to tackle the sitting area!)