Tidiness makes me happy. Organization makes me calm. Right now, I have neither. My home is overwhelmed with “to-do” projects that have been put on hold until our nest was empty. It has now been officially empty for one month.
I have been able to get a few projects done (like my new dressing room that I LOVE), but I often find that I end up doing bits and pieces of things, resulting in more chaos. Let’s say that I’m painting…I can get distracted by a drawer that needs cleaned out, or a dust bunny that needs swept. And there goes the painting. By taking on all of these projects, I am also getting rid of many items. These items are going to a few different places…the farm, relatives, the thrift shop, daughter’s apartment, etc. So there they sit until they get to their new homes. I’m tired of it. I finally have the time to get the projects done without distraction and to get rid of the “stuff” that this family has acquired over the years.
So I made a schedule. A schedule that I can adhere to without distraction. I will tackle “zones” in my home throughout the month of May, one at a time. I reclaim my home, starting today.
Day one of the De-Clutter Challenge is to clean up and/or organize the entryway. This is the first spot in your home seen when you (or guests) enter the door. My entryway (more like an entry area) tends to hold all of the “things” that are leaving the house. It is the home of “I’ll just put it here for now” items and we also got into the habit of taking our shoes off and putting them on the runner so we don’t track dirt through the house. This area makes me insane.
My entry area had a huge glass chandelier (being returned to my mom), two drawer storage cases, two speakers, a container of grass seed (I know, right?), some random pictures, a decorative ladder and some wooden storage boxes.
I’ve been trying to give that chandelier back to my mom for weeks now. Guess what Mom…it’s in the car, heading to your house! The storage cases and speakers are going to the farm to use in the barn. The ladder is also going to the farm (I’m thinking about hanging quilts on it or something…). The pictures are going to our monthly swap meet. Everything else has found a home here. The wood boxes will probably be used in tomorrow’s challenge…the dreaded coat closet!
In an attempt to corral the shoes, I tried to find fabric boxes that I liked, but was not successful. So I made one. I took an ordinary cardboard box, $1.50 worth of fabric and spray adhesive…Ta Da! Fabric box! I used the side flaps as protection in the bottom of the box to catch any dampness or dirt. It is now the home of my favorite comfy pair of flip flops.
And here is the end result. It only took me 20 minutes to do and I ended up wondering why I put it off. This is why I like a schedule, it TELLS me what to do. I don’t want to be a slacker. This is why I post that I’m going to do something, I will be held accountable.
Day One…a complete success. I am happy. Mom’s not going to be when I show up at her house with her giant chandelier. Maybe I’ll have to make a schedule for her?