Believe it or not, Gianna was a neat child. Things has their place & if we asked her to clean her room it would be done, no problem. She basically kept a clean room.
Second grade came along & this child changed. I've heard it said that second grade is the adolescence of elementary school. Kids stretch limits & test their independence. Gianna definitely fit this description (Marissa went through it too). One of the obvious changes was her room.
This disturbing mess is pretty much what started "Operation: De-Hoarding". That pile of books towards the bottom right was her attempt at cleaning....
That's where I came in.
I first made her go through her books & make a donate, store & keep pile. I was happy with her decisions & ready to move on to the next step. We went through her bookcase (that holds more than her books) & I made her make some harsh choices. She had lots of those stupid little fast food toys that I made her trash. She opened a purse that had another purse in it, when we opened that purse it had yet another purse in it that had some junky toys in it.
Don't go thinking I made her get rid of all her favorite things. I'm not entirely mean, despite what you might've heard. She had three choices with everything: keep, donate, store. This pic was just stuff from her bookcase...I basically was done for the night at this point. Progress was made but I needed a break.
Our next attempt was made a couple days later. This time we were focusing on her closet. This girl doesn't get a lot of new clothes, she gets all of Marissa's hand-me-downs plus clothes from my niece Nikki. Don't get me wrong she gets new clothes but not a whole new wardrobe. Believe me, she's not deprived....
We started working on her shoes. I made her try them all on to see whether they fit or not & about half of them didn't fit. Some were so worn out & were just trashed. This girls basically lives in flip flops during the summer.