I need your help with something I have a ton of projects I need to do around my house but I have NO CLUE as to where to get started. I'm too "in the middle of things" to have any kind of objectivity on the subject, so I thought I would bring it to my faithful blog readers.
If you were to come inside my house right now you would probably be appalled and disgusted with the state of things right now. It's really embarrassing and even more frustrating to live in a house that feels like it's too small with way too much stuff in it.
(Thankfully it's not as bad as this picture...but you get the idea!
There is a war going on inside of me that is tearing me into different directions. Get rid of anything I don't use anymore OR keep it because I might need it in the future. I never thought I would be a pack rat. But alas, I am. It doesn't help that my wonderful husband has the same problem. We both tend to keep things "just in case" and then they end up getting in the way and floating around the house driving us crazy!
I have this vision of emptying my house completely and then, one room at a time, bringing only the things that I use regularly back in and leaving everything else on the curb to be taken by people. It's a fantasy really and it sounds WONDERFUL! Wouldn't it be great if it was that easy to do something like that? Maybe it is and I'm just missing it here...
Anyway, I told you I needed your help deciding where to start. So, here's what I need your input on: I'm going to list several organizing/cleaning/purging projects that desperately need to get done and you're going to tell me which one you think would be best to start with. Please leave a comment telling me which one you would suggest and why. Also, if you have any tips on how to do any of them (especially the one you thing I should do first), PLEASE be so kind to write that out for me as well. I would greatly appreciate it. Maybe, just maybe, I can get one of these projects done in the next week, document it on camera and then post about it. I would of course give you credit for any tips and tricks you give me.
Here is my list: (in no particular order, just as they came to mind and I wrote them down in my notebook)
1. Master Bedroom: clean out closet, organize bathroom cabinet, purge clothes, re-arrange furniture for a nicer look (aesthetic), hang curtains, get wall hangings for the bare walls (I don't have one single thing hanging on the walls of our room, it's very stark!)
2. Office: clean out closet, re-arrange for a better set-up, get rid of some stuff that we don't use in there (right now we have our recliner and Waylon's electric drum set which both take up a TON of space and neither gets used very often), organize our papers and set up a filing system, organize bookshelves and hang some office-type decorations and curtains.
3. Kitchen: purge cabinets of un-used appliances and dishes, organize pantries and get a system going on that, clean out fridge, clear off counters and make more space by storing stuff that normally sits out in the open, clean off the bar top and find a solution to keeping it clutter free (right now it's the dumping ground when we walk in the door or are walking to our room and need to put something down).
4. Living Room: Re-arrange the furniture so that we can fit the recliner back (or get rid of the recliner), get rid of our pale blue end tables that don't match anything and either replace them or go without (therefore creating more room!), clean out and organize the coat closet and find a solution for keeping Brooklyn's toy and Layla's swing, bouncer and exersaucer out of the way. Oh and I want to re-decorate our mantle. It has had the same pictures on there since the day we moved in and I'm ready to switch it up (I would love something with our family name on it or a monogrammed something-or-other).
So, here's the part where you all share your opinion as to which room/project I should tackle first, why you think that and what tips and tricks do YOU have to share with me that work for you. I will then choose one (either the one with the most votes or the one that has the best advice and tips for) and get to work on it. I will, of course, document with photos as I go about it and post updates. My goal is to get all this done by the time Christmas decorating rolls around. I'm not all that concerned with decorating for the fall but I do want to decorate the house nicely for Christmas.
I should also add that it has taken me three days to write this post. During that time I decided to go ahead and tackle one of the things that was on my hand-written list but was not put on here because, miracle of all miracles, I actually FINISHED IT! So I will be writing a post about how I cleaned out and re-organized Brooklyn's room (and future shared room with Layla) with pictures included.
Pretty, pretty, pretty please share your thoughts. I'm in desperate need of help from any of you who have good organizing skills or have something in place at your house that really works well and is simple. I will of course give you credit for it when I post about what I did in that room and who gave me the genius ideas!