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Restoring order in a chaotic games room • Carefully Sorted
Hints and tips / APDO, chaos, decluttering, restore order / February 28, 2018

Restoring order in a chaotic games room

Decluttering restores order in an outside games room

Decluttering an outside games room

Decluttering an outside games room was an unusually chilly assignment for Carefully Sorted, but we tackled it with gusto!

My clients are a family of five who enjoy a great many physical activities in their extensive garden, at the nearby golf course, at their local swimming pool, and when on beach holidays in the UK and abroad. As a result, they have accumulated a huge quantity of outside toys and games equipment. Last autumn, with the family starting the post half-term run up to Christmas, they decided it was time to declutter the space and store the stuff  away until summer came around again.

As you can see for the picture above, the outside games room was a chaotic mess of abandoned toys and games equipment; it was in serious need of being decluttered! Both parents work long hours and so called in Carefully Sorted to provide professional help with this particularly troublesome area.

We started by making a full assessment of what was there. We went systematically through everything, discarding toys that were broken beyond repair or had too many missing parts, and working out what was going to be kept. We were also checking to see if we might need any extra storage containers.

Earlier in the day we had been working on one of the other outhouses and had found a tough plastic trough which wasn’t wanted any more. Rather than throw it away, we had set it to one side in case it could be cleaned up to provide much-needed storage. It was! Cleared of dead leaves and cobwebs and given a good scrub, the trough provided a perfect storage container for the children’s extensive collection of ‘nerf’ guns (yes, it was a new term for us too!) so one of the main categories of toys was efficiently and inexpensively dealt with.

Working from left to right around the room we put body boards into their customised carry bags, grouped golf equipment in one corner, and stood hobby horses in an old laundry basket so that they didn’t keep rolling away and falling over.

We found that an old wooden blanket box provided perfect storage for larger items such as cricket bats, tennis and badminton rackets, and the croquet set and we divided a large collection of buckets, spades and other beach toys into size and type, placed them in two plastic storage boxes, closed the lids and stacked them on top of each other. We shook out tarpaulins and picnic blankets, folded them up and found a spare plastic box to keep them in too. Finally, we gathered the smallest items together and put them on a table, ready for the family to find when they need them.

The result was a wonderfully tidy room with everything in its place.

This task took two of us working together only an hour and a half, so three man hours. The family were thrilled with the transformation and feel inspired to keep the room tidy in future…with three energetic children we’re not convinced this is going to be the case, but one lives in hope!


If you need a help with sorting and decluttering tasks, why not consider bringing in professional help? We think you’ll be amazed at the difference we can make. Get in touch today.

Carefully Sorted is proud to be a member of APDO The Association of Professional Declutterers & Organisers.


Originally published on LinkedIn on 24th October 2016.