I have not been as busy de-cluttering this week as I had hoped, but I did manage to get my clothing and shoes moved from the master bedroom to the spare bedroom. At first I thought this may be a permanent fix, but now that my stuff is out, I can see the space a lot better.
This is a pic of my closet before I emptied everything. The words in the box just explain that I don't want you the viewer to see my undergarment that is behind the box.
The next step in this process is to come up with a plan for all our clothes. There is a dead space to the right of our closet. On the other side is a small closet made to fit into that same style of space. We are considering a few options that involve lumber and nails :)
Meanwhile downstairs I was able to get the large cabinet in the dining room cleaned out. Now, instead of much odds and ends, the cabinet has more sensible things in it, such as some office supplies (the office area is just off of the dining room), placemats and pot holders, small tools for use around the house, flashlights, and such. On the top of the unit there are two plants and two decorative items from our Chinese exchange students whom we housed a couple years ago. I have pulled all of the other items off the top and set them aside, as I do think they have a place in my home, I just do not know where.
Now that I am coming out of the muck of clutter, I am looking forward to the organizer lady to come and hopefully have some great ideas of where and how to put stuff.
Remember how I told you my sweet husband worked on and cut that desk for me? Well here are the photos. Thank you Monica for suggesting that I put them up.
So Monica reminds me that it is a process. I think I finally understand what she is saying. As most of you know, I equate this process to losing weight in a lot of ways. If a person were to wake up skinny, they would not have put in the hard work and practice to be able to keep the weight off. In all this de-cluttering, and seeing spaces transform into open, clean, freedom, I have noticed a change in my behavior. I now see a reason to make sure my counters are cleaned off in the evening, and socks to be picked up off the floor. Oh, by the way, I know why those random socks keep ending up all over the house. It's courtesy of one of the furry occupants living under this roof. There are other small things I have been changing. I have noticed certain things that lead to messes, like not putting something away. I am the biggest offender of setting something that belongs somewhere, near where it belongs, but not going the extra step and storing it.
Here is an excellent email from Monica: