It’s such a daunting task…where does one begin?
I suggest NOT starting in the room with the most clutter. Starting with a simple, easy-to-complete task can create with that sense of accomplishment that helps one keep the ball rolling. The junk drawer, perhaps?
Don’t just make a list. Come up with age-appropriate tasks for your children. Keeping them busy will reduce the number of “Mom!” interruptions while you work and making their chores resemble a game or a contest will keep them entertained. “Who can fill their box the fastest?”
For more on making cleaning fun, see Chores and Kids.
When it’s time for the closets, I have a tip. If you’re not sure about getting rid of certain items, turn the hanger around backwards. If those hangers are still backwards next time you clean out your closet, it’s probably safe to donate or at least box up and send to storage.
My biggest struggle is cleaning out my boys’ closets. It’s so sad to see clothes go as they grow into bigger sizes. Sometimes just as difficult: realizing how little they have left to wear!
My older son’s clothes generally get relocated into my younger son’s closet, which saves on the clothing budget.
For those without that luxury, consider looking into a local children’s consignment. They need your gently used kids clothes and can save you money as you buy the next size up.
Donate the rest and get a receipt for next year’s taxes!