I recently had the opportunity to work with a mom of 2 boys who wrote to me saying that she had spent so much time thinking about her boys playroom because there is no order in their space and that the toys were everywhere.
She took advantage of my Holiday Special- TWO 90 minute sessions for $100. She works full time, so we met during her lunch break on a weekday while the boys were at school. We spoke on the phone ahead of time and developed a plan, and prior to my visit, she asked her son about his hopes for the room. On the day of our first session, we spent about 15 minutes talking, then we got to work. We worked together and had two boxes- a "giveaway" donation box and a box of things for her younger nephew. She worked through this room with a mission- she was determined to eliminate 60% of the stuff. As we were working, she found toys that she had forgotten about, and we found long-lost missing pieces to games and other toys. This picture was taken about 15 minutes into our work time.
Letting go of stuff is very liberating- it frees up physical space for sure, but it also frees up your mind to another way of thinking- we don't need "stuff" to be happy. We need each other, we need family time together. Children need time and space to explore and create and discover. When there is so much "stuff" it makes that process difficult because there are too many choices.
About 60 minutes after I arrived, we had my car loaded with toys to donate to a local charity. Now her boys have more space, other children will enjoy some amazing toys, and she gave her family an invaluable gift- the gift of order and presence.
I will go back again and help her move some furniture around and add some seating so that she and her husband will feel comfortable in that room as well. The boys love legos so we will create a "Lego Museum" so that they can display their creations. We will add some simple artwork on the walls and help create a warm, inviting, organized space.
Contact me to take advantage of a Holiday special- TWO 90 minute sessions for $100 (normally $150). This special expires on 12/18. Call (513)873-3591 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If your house is like many with young children, you have TONS of dress up gear- fireman hats, princess dresses, construction tools, and everything in between!
When there are so many choices, it can be overwhelming, so limit the choices!
* Take 5 or 6 dress up items (doctor lab coat, dress, safety vest, firefighter coat..) and hang them on a bar low enough for children to reach. If you don't have a dedicated rack/wardrobe, hang 5 hooks on the wall and hang each item on its own hook.
* Gather all of the plastic shoes/necklaces/tiarras/hats/accessories and match them with the five items that are hanging up. Store the other items in a clear box, and try to keep similar things together. Label the items in the box.
* Don't be afraid to donate your dress up gear- there are so many children in your city who don't have the opportunity to play dress up. Find a charity or early childhood program that could use some gently used gear.
* Change the items out as you notice your child not engaging with them, and continue to be mindful of buying more "stuff".
* We try to follow the 1:1 rule in our home. If a new toy/game comes into the house, then one will be donated.
Let me help you get ready for the Holidays- Two 90 minute sessions for $100. I will even take your donated items to St. Vincent and give you your donation receipt for tax purposes.
Beth is a mom first and foremost. She is also a trained Montessori teacher who is passionate about making the lofty ideals of the Montessori philosophy more real and manageable for families.