I am getting excited here! My family has been very good about maintaining the kitchen and upstairs family room. We have now added the downstairs Living room to the routine. I am going to show you before and after pictures - so here we go!
This is my fireplace/ Ian's Lego center.
This is how it looks after using my HTCI to get it clean and organized to Keep it that way. I moved the toy "box" to the area behind the end table so that you can't see it so much and told Ian that he had to pick up the pieces that he had built and put them on the table and then the loose pieces go back in the green bucket and under the table! It's working out so far.
This is my general living room space, before. Note the backpacks and STUFF left all over the room!
These are pictures of the after. Backpacks have been relegated to the dining room corner (which I will have to conquer later). The coffee table is not allowed to be cluttered for more than 1 hour if active on the project, 15 minutes if abandoned by the projecteer! If I have to clean it up, it either goes in the garbage or recycling, or in my ransom box. The items are either ransomed or sold to the highest bidder! That is much motivation for my kids to not lose their favorite stuff!
This is my proudest area. THE BOOKCASE BLACK HOLE! Dogs and small children have been known to venture in and never be seen again! Just kidding :)
I didn't realize just how much junk was in this innocuous little corner of my living area!
Notice the significant reduction in stuff in this relatively small area! I found school papers from 3 years ago, crumpled up swim team ribbons, toys, shoes, clothes... you get the picture. This area was mostly a CLEAN, Clean, clean spot. I did a lot of purging and removing of said stuff. It is now the academic area. I put notebooks, spare papers laminated practice sheets and the orange bin has kids magazines like our Boys Life, Highlights, and TIME for kids.
This is the air hockey table area. My kids love this and it doesn't get too messy. The biggest problem is the book shelf. I am ok with it as it, as long as the books stay in the receptacle!
Not too much to say about this - I just picked up the jacket that was on the floor. The main focus now is to sweep the wood floor 1 to 2 times a week. I need to clean the glass tables as well. I found the perfect spot for my sock basket! This is an example of camouflage from the HTCI book. If you can't see it, the room is still clean!
With the sock basket tucked neatly between the plant and the pedestal, It is hidden from most angles of viewing, it is available for perusing, it is ready for filling from the clean laundry! I can't believe that I didn't think of that one already!
The next area to conquer.......
The Dining Room Disaster! Coming to a blog near you.