Whew! Last week flew by, and this one seems to be going even faster. Which is good, because I don’t know how much longer I can keep from adding cream to my coffee on the Whole 30! I can do it. We are out of coffee filters, so I might just skip the coffee altogether for the last few days.
Anyway, we have been doing an okay job keeping up with the assignments from Apartment Therapy’s January Cure. My kids are still little messers, but at least I know in my heart that at some point in the last month, each space in our upstairs has been thoroughly cleaned and organized.
Assignment 13 was to get papers and files in order. That one is still being worked on, but all of the paper piles in the kitchen and on my desk area have been dealt with. It feels good. I also rearranged the living room a bit so the file cabinet (which we use as an end table) is much closer to my desk. Before, it was clear across the room and blocked by a box. Sometimes all it takes is a simple solution. I also have a small filing system on my desk for things like bills, tear sheets from magazines, and kid’s art.
Assignment 14 was to deal with cords. Jer was a trooper on this one and spent the evening cleaning his ‘office’ corner in our living room. It was past due for a cleaning, so that was a giant bonus to this assignment. We finally brought our printer upstairs so that it could be used. Jer brought in the base of an old tool box that was given to us by a friend for some storage and spot for the printer. It is not perfect, but it works for us for now. Jer likes having a drawer to put all of his ‘toys’ that the kids often got into before. I like not having to fish the ear buds out of little mouths.
Daddy and his Helpers, fixing the tool chest/printer cabinet.
Freshly cleaned and organized space.
Assignment 15 was to clean out medicine cabinets and drawers in the bathroom. The medicine cabinet went quickly and I loved the result so much that I tackled the hall linen closet also. I added some baskets there to corral some of Jer’s stuff and some of my extra decorating things. I also use lots of little baskets for things like medicines and extra bathroom products. It feels so much better now, even though it would probably look better if the baskets all lined up and matched. Ha! I didn’t get to the drawers below the hall closet. Another day.
Linen closet. Could still use some work, but SO much better than it was.
Assignment 16 was to declutter books and media. This is the day I started on my livingroom/office shelves. They have been bothering me for a LONG time, but it was a daunting task. I started by analyzing it and deciding where the problem spots were. Mostly, it was just the two larger open shelves that were the biggest trouble. That was where we
put piled everything that needed to be out of reach of little hands. It had become overwhelming and precarious, to say the least. I started by emptying those shelves into a laundry basket (which I will soon have to deal with) and wiping them down. I decided that to solve the problem of them becoming a junk receptacle, I would fill them completely with books. I have all my design and art books upstairs by my desk for easy reference, and most of them are nice colors. I like to organize these books by color, because it just makes sense and looks the best to me. I filled those two shelves and called it a night.
Over the past few days, I have been working on my shelves (among other things, don’t worry), and I finally have them under control. I have a serious magazine collection problem, but I went through and got rid of 10 magazines last night. I plan to do a few each night, until my problem is handled. The bottom four shelves on each side of my desk are pretty much filled with my kid’s books and games/puzzles/toys. It works for us, except the littlest one loves to just pull books off the shelf. He does look at them sometimes. So, this picture was taken this morning after I put him down for a nap and before it gets messy again. Not kidding.
So.much.better. You may notice that I moved the orange art and craft tubs from the top of the fridge to the upper right of the shelves. Working well so far.
Assignment 17 was called Weekend Chores: Flowers, Outbox, Living Room and Lighting. Whew! Didn’t even think about the lighting yet. Jer picked up a little bunch of purple flowers, I took one load (more to come) to the thrift store to donate, and I am still working on the living room. It has been vacuumed and dusted. It is just not completely rearranged and sporting its new rug yet. As I sit here writing this post, I am amazed at how much more relaxed I feel when these shelves are organized and my desk is cleaned off. SO refreshing and positive that I might not even miss my coffee for the next few days. Maybe.