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My project this week: completely overhauling my 10 year-old daughter’s room.

The challenges are vast. She is a borderline hoarder and keeps every item she has ever touched. I’m not kidding. I had to bribe her to get rid of Valentine’s cards from first grade. She loves stuffed animals more than she loves life and owns hundreds. I’m trying to come up with a way to pare down the stuffed friends without devastating her. It is not going to be easy.

We made tons of progress yesterday — the closet shelves have been cleared and are ready to be filled back up with stuff she needs. We filled six bags with trash and four for Goodwill. We bought new curtains that will cover the west-facing arch-top window and hopefully help cool her room down in the summer. I’ll post pictures when it is done!

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