Knowing when it’s time to quit

This is an unusual post for me because I don’t really have fabulous before and after pictures to show you like I had planned. How sad, eh? I mentioned on my Facebook page earlier this week that I was planning to participate in Simple Mom’s Project Simplify again this year. How could I not, right? The topic this week was Kid Stuff.

Well, I’m giving up. I didn’t do anything until today, and we only spent a few minutes on it. I think deep down I knew I was trying to do too much this week, but I wanted to do it anyway. I was tempted to stay up crazy late working all by myself to get it done and have something to show you, but I’m not going to do it.

Sure, a decluttering project could be finished, and we all like that to happen, but at what expense? I would be totally exhausted tomorrow and probably Monday, too. That’s not good for me or my family. And my dishes aren’t even done!

Dealing with the kids’ toys and clothes is definitely an area that I need to work on, and I will come back to it. The area I really want to improve is the living room. Here’s a before picture:

And in the few minutes the kids and I worked on it, we did decide on 3 things to get rid of.

One is the play table you see here.

And here are 2 more:

That ball popper toy is missing a few important pieces, so I need to hold onto it a little longer so that I can give it away in usable condition. And you might notice there is a Little People mommy stuck in there. I tried to get her out with the usual bang and shake methods, and I even tried a bent wire hanger, but nothing worked. Let me know if you have a brilliant idea. I may just need to totally unscrew the whole toy and take it apart to get her out. But once I get that figured out, this toy is outta here.

So that’s it, but I guess it is something. And getting a little more sleep should help my overall productivity and attitude this week.

If you want to see some before and after pictures from some people who might be a bit more inspirational than this, check out the results page for this week’s Project Simplify: Kids’ stuff organized: before and after photos.

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12 Responses to Knowing when it’s time to quit

  1. When I saw the name of you post, I thought you were quiting the blog!! I was so relieved when I read the post! I love reading your blog! Keep up the good work!

  2. Alice

    Yay to doing to 5-minute approach! It’s hard to get motivated when there won’t be the same payoff, but it makes a difference.

    As for the ball popper, the only idea I have is covering all holes but the yellow one & using a vacuum hose to try and dislodge her. But I also think that that would be one that it’d be OK to throw out, given that it’s got a combination of ‘not working’ issues going for it.

  3. Kimberly

    That Little People Mommy in the popper just cracked me up. Simple-minded, I am for sure…. 😉

  4. Jessiejack

    Don’t forget its a marathon and not a sprint so Pace yourself! don’t worry about staying up late for a challenge – better to get rid of 3 things and then 3 more etc

  5. Denise

    We had a slightly different version of that same ball popper. HAD, because I got tired of looking for parts and THREW THE THING AWAY. All my friends had lots of toys. I did donate many baby toys to the local thrift store, but after this one kicked around for a bit, while I looked for the parts, I closed my eyes and threw it away.

    It’s not ideal, I would love that every toy I ever buy get used into infinity or until it gets worn away like a tire. However, like most things, I do not often meet the ideal.

  6. WilliamB

    Very glad to see you’re not quitting your blog. Are you quitting all of Project Simplify 2012 or just this week?

  7. We have that same popper, and my youngest contintually brings it to me yelling “Stuck! Stuck!” becaue he lodged a bunch of trains or little people down there. So funny – that same thing probably happens all over America! 🙂

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