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Clear Out the Clutter: The Children’s Rooms

While some of you found your kitchens the hardest to clean out, I found my children’s bedroom the hardest to clean out. Not necessarily because it was overloaded with stuff–though it definitely needed some serious purging!–but because it seems naptime or bedtime is my only time to get much cleaning done. So it took me a week to find an opportunity to work on it when they weren’t sleeping.

Now, I have to tell you something: I was really hesitant to share these pictures with you as I’m afraid I’m going to majorly disappoint pretty much all of you.

I am the farthest thing from an interior decorator that the world has ever seen. And these pictures will give complete credence to that. We don’t have a cutesy children’s room. It’s bare, it’s basic, and it’s well-worn. The walls need to be painted, the blinds are broken, and there’s quite a bit of my children’s “artwork” adorning the walls.

I was feeling embarrassed and wondering what everyone was going to think of me if I posted these pictures when I all of a sudden realized: What am I doing? Who cares what people think? Isn’t that my mantra? I don’t need to please people with my wardrobe or my house–or my children’s bare-bones bedroom. The girls are happy with it, Jesse and I are happy with it and that’s all that matters, right.

So, here are the pictures–as real and as authentic and as homely as they may be…



(I love these closet organizers! I put the girls’ clothes away in them by outfit and it saves so much time and effort in picking out clothes in the morning. Plus, they learned the days of the week from them!)

Wall Art — might not win a prize for the Best Drawing, but I love letting the girls display their creativity on the wall–complete with the massive amounts of tape they use to get the picture to stay on the wall. Priceless!

Clear Out the Clutter Assignment #4

::Go through your children’s rooms (including the closet and dressers) and toys and ruthlessly clear out any and all clutter and unnecessary items you find. Consider passing on extra clothing and toys to friends or donate it to someone in need. Or, add it to your garage sale or consignment sale pile!

::Tally up the approximate amount of items you’re getting rid of and input it into the Items Decluttered Tally Form in order to be entered to win some fun prizes!

Are you blogging about your Clear Out the Clutter accomplishments and progress? If so, leave your direct link to your blog post below (with pictures, if possible!) so we can visit your blog, cheer you on and be inspired!

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  • Suzanne says:

    Crystal, I know you have a ton of comments here already. But, I just have to say that I’m so glad you posted those pictures! My kids’ rooms look about the same way. I’ve never thought it necessary to spend tons of money (or time…don’t enjoy decorating at all) making the kids’ rooms matchey and cute with decorations and themes. Not that there’s anything wrong with doing that, it’s just not my style. It just made me feel a little better, knowing I’m not alone in my thinking! Most of my friends are the opposite. It was so refreshing to see this post!

  • Jen says:

    No need for fancy decorations, but one thing I have found to hang on the walls is maps – the are ususally colorful and definately educational. Ask for them as gifts or get them free from AAA. Any map will do – your state, the country, the world – and be a great reference for roadtrips, vacations, talking to relatives in another state, etc.

  • xela says:

    Thanks for sharing! Your simplicity is inspiring 🙂

    I’m not sure if it’s just me, but when I click on the
    Items Decluttered Tally Form” hyperlink in the daily digest emails, I always get the error “page not found”. Hopefully I’ll be able to find the form by doing a search…

  • Hi. Thanks for the inside tips to how to tell family and friends gently on how not to spend so much as we have far too many toys and schtuff. I have a toy rotation that I use to keep things fresh, and can do this 2-3 times over. I try to do it once a month and it works. By then the boys have forgotten what I had taken away and what is old is new again. Our 2 little boys are only 2.5 and 9 months and we already have this much taking up an entire playroom. Thankfully I am a neat freak and OCD on the organization and the kids have followed in my footsteps so everything has a place so rather than clutter it stay somewhat organized and put together.

    My question was with regards to your children’s closets. It doesn’t appear that they have very many hanging clothes? Do you just fold everything in a dresser or do they just not have a ton of clothes. I seem to have more than enough spilling out of our closets and dressers so was wondering if you just don’t have that many or they just were pictured? Tips for pairing back on the clothing would be appreciated too since in addition to toys the grandparents seem to feel the need to spoil in the clothes department too! 🙂


    • Crystal says:

      Our children have around 7-12 outfits for Spring/Summer and 7-12 outfits for Fall/Winter. Usually around 2-4 church/dress-up outfits and 5-7 everyday outfits.

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  • Chelsea says:

    I love the pictures!

    Our children’s rooms are exactly the same- each child had one bed and one dresser, and that is it! They play in their rooms a lot, so I don’t want to have to be picking up a bunch of stuff when I need to vaccum or tripping over toys left on the ground. I feel so much more relaxed too, walking into their immaculate rooms and not seeing toys everywhere. I liked it so much that I did the same to our master bedroom- we’re down to one bed, one (shared) chest, and a coat hanger for my purses. It boggles my mind how much I enjoy seeing floor space in our bedrooms 🙂

    As for the decorating thing, I do like to decorate. But when we put our house on the market a few months ago I had to take down everything “personal”, and doing that has opened my eyes to how much junk we had. I miss seeing pictures on the wall of my kids, but removing any unnecessary knick knacks was a great choice and our furniture looks awesome!

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