From the Desk of Clearissa Coward’s Command Center/Divinely Organized
Monday’s Memories – Family Purge Project
I have a question for you. How do you and your family deal with clutter and/or cleaning? Is your family like most, where the purging and cleaning rests mainly with one person? At our house, it mainly rests with me; however, sometimes I need a little help and I have learned to ask for it. If you are the person in charge of maintaining the organization of your home and family, this post is for you. If you are not that person, perhaps this article will help you to help the person that is.
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The important thing to remember here is planning ahead. I would plan this family purging/cleaning project on a Saturday when the whole family is at home. I suggest planning ahead (at least a couple of weeks ahead) so everyone can get mentally prepared. I would also add this project to the family calendar so other things are not planned. Do not push this project out unless there is an emergency. Make it known that this project is very important and not an afterthought. Because this is a family project and we do not want your helpers to get overwhelmed or bored, I would set this first project time limit at one hour and use a timer. It wouldn’t hurt to add an incentive for the children as well. Depending on the age of the children, perhaps a movie pass for your child and a friend. Or something that you know your child)ren) will appreciate.
Challenge each member of your family to spend their hour in their personal spaces purging things they no longer use. Include the children. Any toys they no longer use or have outgrown will be donated to children who have less. Not only is this an organization challenge it can also become a teaching moment.
Use the steps below:
1. take the hour and have a family one-hour purge.
2. remember to set your timer or alarm on your cell phone so that you do not get involved and spend more than the allotted time (that would be a disaster). Just kidding, I realize sometimes organizing can become addictive.
3. the children can concentrate on toys they have outgrown or no longer find interesting.
4. children can also clean their desks and dispose of all old papers and/or books they are no longer reading.
5. again, use this as a teaching moment and explain the importance of helping others and that the books and old toys will be donated to children who are less fortunate. This is also a good time to teach them how to use the donate, trash, and sell bins that you have used all week.
7. Trust me, they will feel a part of the process when they get to choose which toys, books, etc. they want to get rid of.
8. Because you are usually in charge of purging you can use this hour to go from room to room helping everyone remain on track.
9. If hubby is involved (and he should be) he can spend his 10 minutes in the garage, man cave, or any other area that he claims as his space. If he is the cook, he can spend his time in the utensil drawer in the kitchen.
10. The areas to purge can be as diverse as each family. Choose areas that you feel needs the most family attention and go for a family purge.
11. I would love it if you would share before and after photos as well.
Note, the last time my hubby and I had a family purge, he amazed me with all that he was willing to let go of from our storage shed. He cleared out so much that we were able to put a small freezer out there. It was a great day!
Enjoy your organizing project and remember…A place for everything and everything in its place.
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