For this week, I tackled the bookcase in my boy's room. The bookcase was overflowing with books, toys, and assorted boy treasures to the point that it was very messy.
Then, I went through the shelves one by one. I looked at every book, magazine, and coloring book. If I wasn't sure about a particular book or magazine, I asked one of my boys.
- I recycled almost all of the coloring books and magazines.
- I posted a pile of books that the boys no longer wanted on PaperBackSwap.
- I put a small pile of slightly damaged books that the boys no longer wanted into our Goodwill box.
- I packed up a huge pile of books that that the boys had outgrown in terms of reading ability. I boxed these books up and put them in my office storage area since I want to keep them for my grandchildren someday. For example, Duncan and Mason had a large collection of Geronimo Stilton books. They no longer read those easy-reader chapter books but I wanted to keep these delightful early chapter books.
As I spent time organizing my boys' bookcase, I was fully aware of the fact that organizing in my boys' room is much like shoveling the driveway during a snowstorm. While my boys DO appreciate my efforts to keep their room neat and organized, they are NOT overly motivated to keep their room neat and organized. But, I am setting a good example for them and keeping the chaos at bay.
To read about what other bloggers were organizing this week, visit Org Junkie's 52 Weeks of Organizing.