Project Simplify: Kids’ Stuff – my “After”

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The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.

Well, here we are: the end of week one of Project Simplify, Kids’ Stuff.  How did you guys do?

My “Before” and “After”

If you remember, here is my “before” (and thank you kindly to those of you who reassured me it really wasn’t that bad of a mess to begin with):

And, after some decluttering, downsizing, and scrubbing, here are the children’s desk and the play kitchen as of this morning:

One of the things that impressed me was how a few small changes (taking some things away, adding some organization, cleaning the surfaces of the desk and the kitchen) made such a big difference to the kids.  They began to play in these spaces immediately, whereas before they would take things from these spaces into other areas to play – a sign that they were too cluttered before for peaceful play.

How did you do?  Have you noticed a change in your children’s play spaces this week?  Did it change their play?  Will you keep going with Project Simplify?  I know I am!

Make sure you head over to Simple Mom today to enter Tsh’s giveaway for this week. Happy Spring Cleaning!

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About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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Comments

  1. I love the roll top desk! I had one very similar to that when I was growing up, sadly it is gone now. It is something I keep my eyes open for whenever I go to the thrift store :-) We removed most of the toys from the general play area and put them in their bedroom, which isn’t really used during the day, and they are much happier in their play it seems. I think when the kids are little (mine are 3.5 and 19 months) less is definitely more. You can see my before and after pics here http://www.townsend-house.com/2012/03/project-simplify-kids-stuff.html
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  2. Wow, awesome improvement!
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  3. “They began to play in these spaces immediately, whereas before they would take things from these spaces into other areas to play – a sign that they were too cluttered before for peaceful play.”

    I love this, Kara. Such a great reminder.

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