Not compacting, but I do live in a smaller home (five of us in about 1200 sq ft) and have been decluttering for a couple years. I LOVE organizing and freecycling!
I'll start with the kids' room (be kind as I just snapped and didn't clean
). It's the biggest room in the house, meant to be the master, but we put the kids in there (minus youngest DS who's still with us).http://new.photos.yahoo.com/momtojak...804346181184/0
This is the view from the hall door. DS has the bunk beds. DD used the low bed (even DD loves Thomas!). But they tend to go from bed to bed, so they're all unmade (we're really bad about making beds). His dresser houses his foldables and next to that is his shelf . Each child's shelf is off limits to the other . . . special things get put on there. Anything left on the floor is fair game
. The drawers under the bunk house some of his toys and extra sheets for all beds in the room.http://new.photos.yahoo.com/momtojak...804346181152/1
DS's closet. His own space. Keeps lots of his "little" toys in there . . . K'NEX, Legos, special books and cards and things. Hangables too. Uniforms on the bottom and dress clothes on the top. As soon as I get my scrapbook pages out of there, there will be better space for the sleeping bags and anything else he wants up there.http://new.photos.yahoo.com/momtojak...804346191301/2
DD's side of the room (behind the door is a half bath). Her dresser and shelf. Lots of art on the walls. DS's bulletin board for projects and things (won't fit on his side). The laundry sorter for all three kids . . . I started doing laundry by person, which has been much easier.http://new.photos.yahoo.com/momtojak...804346208980/3
My photo shelves. Scrapbooking is my only "hobby," so I have lots of them
. Photos kept here as well. The filing cabinet is due to be moved upstairs and my MOMS Club bag is still there from the meeting last month (need to put that away!). WHen the cabinet is gone, they'll have a nice little place to curl up with whatever. I've thought of putting their books in here for a reading nook, but I like the books in the living room. Still debating (I rearrange a lot to find what works for us as our needs change).http://new.photos.yahoo.com/momtojak...804346215151/4
Our closet. DD has bottom left. DH has upper left. I have most of the right, with DH's pants. I have some things in a spare closet in another room, but almost all of our clothes are here. Drawer units hold our socks and things. Someday, DH and I will have real furniture
. Until then, it's easy to put the laundry away when almost all of it is in one room.
That's all I have for now. I'll add more rooms later . . . when kids and time allow--naps are sporadic at best here
. I'm always in a mode to get better streamlined and get rid of more, but it takes time. I have to admit that when everything is put away and the beds are made, the room looks really nice. One of my favorites in the house!