My house is a mess. The kitchen has mail, coupons, dog things, and printed recipes thrown everywhere. My home office is worse with statements, bills, and magazines in leaning stacks. (Don’t worry…the bills are all paid.) The currently unused room, which will be turned into a formal dining room, has become a “storage room” with Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s bags, containers of books and odds and ends, lamps that belong in my bedroom, a bicycle with flat tires, and Costco packs of paper towels, toilet paper, and boxes of tissues lying around haphazardly. Moving upstairs we first enter the bathroom, where bottles and samples of unused products fill the shelves and drawers along with more old magazines. My bedroom has boxes from J. Crew, Ann Taylor, Sephora, and Bath & Body Works strewn about, waiting to be opened, tried on (in the case of clothes), and put away. Finally, we come to the dressing room, aka the bedroom I turned into a closet because I didn’t (don’t) need 3 bedrooms but I needed a closet. For a change, there are no clothes on the floor and none on the drying rack. The problem lies on the shelves where clothes are not folded when they are thrown back.
Which brings us to this post:
(In the order in which I intend on pursuing these projects)
Tackling the closet involves pulling all of the clothes out, trying them on, folding or hanging the keepers, and returning them to the closet. Anything I’m getting rid of goes into clean garbage bags to be donated.
To begin the bedroom, I will go through the new clothes to identify what fits and what needs to be returned. Then I’ll clear off counter-tops, shelves, and drawers. There’s nothing sexy about a messy bedroom, besides the clothes dropped on the floor in haste. (Insert angel emoji here).
I’ll start with the shelves and put things in nicer containers (i.e. cotton balls in jars instead of the bag I bought them in) and throw out the items I don’t use. I’ll go through the drawers under the sink and repeat the same process.
The kitchen is the easiest cleanup of all. I just need to invest in a cute basket to hold the tchotchkes and actually throw out the things that have no use.
My house has a room off the living room whose original purpose was a screened-in-porch. The previous and original owner closed it in to make a sunroom. I turned the room into a home office and it has since become a dumping ground for magazines (are you noticing a common theme here?), account statements, bills, and all et cetera papers. My plan is to go through one stack at a time.
I’ll post for each room pictures of the disaster, the process, and the end results. I’ll also write out for you what I do and why I’m doing it.
Tell me, dear Fitters, what kind of projects do you take on around your homes? Do you ever let your place get as bad as you’re imagining mine to be? Do you have suggestions to help make clean up easier and permanent?
Until next time…