Hoarded Toy Room Completely Clean!!! Before & After Pictures

Finally!!! After months of clean out of this toy room, it is finally clean!!! This has been an emotional roller coaster with feelings of anxiety and frustration to joy and happiness.  There were days I thought I would never get it done.  But I kept going because baby steps still move you forward.  Another huge part of keeping me motivated was documenting it all on my YouTube Channel.  When you have people watching you and cheering you on, it keeps you cleaning out your hoard.  I realized that short term goals and high accountability gets the best results for any personal achievement.  I am learning to heal from my hoarding mindset.  I have attached the video below so you can see my Before & After photos of my hoarded toy room.

 

Cleaning Out the Hoarded Toy Room before Christmas Part 4

Cleaning out this hoarded toy room is going to be a 10 part series!  If you read yesterday’s blog post, you’ll quickly understand why this room is so hoarded!  Since Santa brings 25 presents per child and the rest of the family follows suit in giving an additional 10 gifts per child,  the value of toys make sense now.  This year we are scaling back on gifts. If I want this toy room to finally be functioning,  I cannot have another 50+ toys cluttering it back up.  Plus, I now realize how wasteful this is.  My kids don’t even play with all the toys.  It could be from a combination of they can’t get in the room and there is just too much it’s overwhelming.  I think all of the hours everyone had to work to afford those presents to just sit in a room, waiting for me to sell them at 80% off or donate to someone else.  This is a new Christmas!  A Christmas of enjoying experiences instead of buying more stuff.  Below is a video of the progress we are making in the toy room!

 

Black Friday and How Santa brings 25 Presents each child.

It’s time for a confession:  Santa brings the 25 presents each child for Christmas.  Now before anyone screams out profanities, let me explain.  As a child growing up in the 80’s,  Santa brought me a minimum of 25 presents.  It was like waking up to the Toys R Us Super Toy Run!  I ran downstairs to see a plethora of gifts, candy and toys!  Ohhh…it was glorious!  I played with those toys until they broke.  Jem & the Holograms, Barbie, She-ra and My Little Pony all hung out at Paradise Estates & Crystal Castle under the tree.  I grew up thinking that was normal.  So as I got married and had children, naturally Santa brings them 25 presents each too.  And they have the same reaction I did…it’s like Toys R Us threw up all over the Christmas tree.  It wasn’t until my brother-in-law pointed out that this was an insane amount of presents to give.  He grew up with 5-10 presents under the tree with one of them being big.  My husband experienced the same.  He just let me do my thing because it had made me so happy.  After talking to different people, I found out how excessive I was in my gift giving.  This is so shocking to me.  With Black Friday only 3 days away…I have decided to scale back this year.  I will have to tell my boys that Santa will not being bringing as many presents as he did before.  Big kids get bigger stuff like PS4 and iPads so it will be more around 10 gifts this year.  I need to teach my children that this over consumption for Christmas is not okay.

Cleaning out the Hoarded Toy Room part 3

I just put a dent into this room where you can start to walk into the room.  My youngest son was able to go into the room and play with some of the toys!  Those toys have not been touched in years!  That keeps me inspired to keep cleaning even though this will be a 10 part series!  The goal is by Christmas this will be a completely cleaned out room!