I took a vacation day last Friday because I needed to get a huge chore done. This chore was one of those things that kept nagging at me. The upstairs bedroom became a sore area when almost everything that was brought into the house was dumped into the room …. books, schoolwork, mail, junk mail, bills, fliers…just to name a few. I hated this area, it made my blood boil thinking about it, but the room wasn't avoidable, it is not a room I could shut the door and pretend it doesn't exist.
First, it doesn't have a door, second, the room is adjacent to my son’s bedroom, but technically, it can be considered the same room; it’s just that we have it separated by the staircase… and finally another reason I couldn't ignore the area, it’s the same place where I blog and do all my computer things.
Talk about a heavy load and my will to ignore the mess while I made my way to the computer.Yet there was no getting around this I was miserable and cranky because of this area in my home, but I was patient and kept on the blinders since the end of the school year and through-out the summer… I had no other choice we were both working many hours outside the home and the times that we were home other chores trumped cleaning this bedroom. So a couple of weeks ago I realized that Nick would be off last weekend and on Friday as well, and I could ask for a vacation day… I pumped everyone up, and then explained if something lands in your hand at that time, at that exact moment the following actions need to take place:
- File it in its respective place.
- Put it away, where it belongs
- If none of the above, throw it out….
Here is what happened for two days:
Nick sorting through it all …can you see the messy trail? I would not dare take any more pictures it is embarrassing.
I went through all the kid’s school stuff … I now have two boxes of usable notebooks. Then I organized all my journals, separated the ones I used from the ones that are still new. I also put together my very own writing space…it is exactly what I need.
View from the top of the steps. Sofa bed to the right, desk to the left is where we keep all our important paperwork; i.e. bills, and school paperwork. The desk with the computer is just that, our desk with the computer. Draping the chair is a shawl I made and wear on chilly nights, when I am writing, stalking Pinterest, or reading blogs. At the very end by the window is the writing space that I put together, please excuse the window, while cleaning I put the valance and a tablecloth in the wash.
Bookcase cleaned and organized
A chocolate offering for my muse or for my chocolate-loving genius! Read here why
A reminder ….by the way I love dragonflies….
I have had these jars for many years, finally I found a place where they are used or displayed.
I found these in a knick-knack store in the next town where I live …and it makes me laugh because there was one in the store that said “ashes of ex-lovers” I thought that was funny, it reminded me of someone I know.
Believe me this space might still look cluttered, but it is 100% better than it was. I threw away a lot of the crap that had accumulated, and the rest was put in its place and organized… It is still a work in progress. Next job the basement!