It will happen this week.
I am bound and determined that sometime in the next five or so days, I will be able to step back, take a look around Josiah and David's room, and say, "YES! WE DID IT!" "It" being a total clean-up, organize, get-rid-of-clutter, make-the-room-look-nice-again project.
I don't know why it is, but their room is one of the hardest ones in the house to keep neat. A couple of months ago, I was so discouraged by the mess in it that I was tempted to give up and just shut their door so I didn't have to see it! But then I came to my senses and realized that having a (reasonably) tidy room is worth the effort--in this case, the effort to teach them how to maintain a neat room and the effort to follow up and hold them accountable (which, as any mom knows, is harder by far than just doing the job myself).
So, we're making the effort; and bit by bit, day by day, good changes are happening...but the job isn't done, and I fear that discouragement and distraction will set in and prevent us from finishing it. To combat that, I thought I might be able to inspire myself by fishing this old post up from the bottom of my drafts folder where it's been hiding out for a VERY long time. I have no idea how long ago I took these pictures--obviously long enough ago that the room was neat and tidy; and since I can't even remember when it was like this, it's certainly a long time ago. :)
Soon--hopefully--their room will once again look like this...or almost like this... There have been a few changes since then.
These shelves hold some of Josiah's treasures...
In this post from five and a half years ago, there are pictures from the way their room looked soon after we painted it and moved David into it, including pictures of their beds side by side.
I told you it was silly. :) But seeing the beds this way is...well...it's just them! ;-)
So far in our massive clean-up project, we've worked our way around the room clockwise starting at the door; and really, the only tough spots remaining are the shelf/dresser corner and the closet. But oh, how tough they are! I keep reminding myself to just think about one tiny area at a time. Sometimes I narrow my focus even more and say, "Just pick up one thing. Decide what to do with it. Just one thing! And then on to the next one. The job will get done, one item at a time."
That's the plan anyway... :)