Today the children learned a new dance. The FlyLady calls it the 27 fling boogie. It’s a nifty little “dance” that will help you declutter a room quickly. Check out the back of my van…just a few short minutes and a lot of stuff that will never have to be washed or folded or put away.

Desperate situations call for decisive actions. The boy’s room is a disaster. No…that’s putting it mildly. The boy’s room looks like a nuclear test site. Yes…that’s about right. This morning I realize what a disservice I was doing them, by constantly organizing and reorganizing the clutter. To quote the FlyLady: “You can’t organize clutter, you have to make it go away!” We’ve discovered that plastic bins only give birth to more plastic bins. Enough, I say! It’s time to let go of these things. So here’s what we did:

I set the timer for 15 minutes early in the morning. Each boy takes a bag, runs to the room and tosses in 27 items. I encouraged them to ask themselves when looking at an item (ala FlyLady) “do I love you? Use you? Need you? Are you broken? Are you a blessing to me?” If the answer to any of these questions is “no”, than it’s time to let it go! We did this with toys and with clothing. Clothing is the big issue in this household. We have six adult sized people (and three little people) and that’s a lot of laundry…a lot of sorting, washing, drying, folding, hanging and putting away. It’s also a lot of clothes that constantly end up on the floor. More clothes = more clothes to wash, dry, etc. Just like last year, we’re making a list of necessary items. Each boy will have a set number of shirts, pants, shorts, boxers, socks, etc. which will help them keep tabs on what is clean and what is dirty a little better.

And the best news? I’m establishing laundry “teams” at the suggestion of a dear friend. Arthur will take care of washing his and Gareth’s clothes (Gareth will help with folding, hanging and putting away) and Gawain will take care of washing his and Galahad’s clothes (Galahad will help with folding, hanging and putting away). I will assign the boys separate wash days to avoid conflicts. This is the advantage of having a large family…delegation! Not always one of my strong points…but definitely necessary! We owe it to our children to equip them with all the skills they will need to aid the family in day to day living.