The older I get, the more annoyed I am becoming with all this stuff. Oh my goodness friends, it does pile up fast! Yesterday, I cleared out nine grocery bags of stuff. Stuff I loved, kept for a couple of years, but finally had to just let it go because honestly, I was tired of looking at it. I was tired of it even being an option. I had held on to the fabric, the books, and the supplies for the “what if” moments that either (a) never came or (b) when they did come, the item I was hoarding wasn’t the right color/size/etc. and I ended up buying something new.
I’m fed up with it all. I’m over the shuffling and dusting and reorganzing. It’s time to let it go.
Unfortunately, my busted elbow is making me work at a less than preferred pace. Rather than go on a rampage through the house tossing anything that hasn’t been touched in a year, I am being forced to make a game plan and take it slow.
I’ve decided to start with the 5 places in my house that make me bonkers the most. I chose to not pick my children’s rooms, even though they are the clear winners, for two reasons. First, they have doors. Second, I never had hope for them to be “nice” places in our home in the first place. These five places are places that started out as purposeful, well-planned spaces, but things just went wonky. Here they are, in no particular order:
The Kitchen Shelf of Despair
This was a piece that moved to the new house with us. It fit in the corner of the kitchen nicely. The stainless steel finish matched the rims of my mason jars. It was supposed to hold my jars full of pasta and beans, and display some over-sized appliances, such as my Kitchen-Aid mixer. It ended up being the catch-all for everything. Cleaners and aprons hang from the bars. Fruits and veggies, get tossed on it’s shelves. When we replaced our stove, the new drawer was too small for all my pans, so they, too, moved to my shelf unit. For a while, everyone’s Awana’s bag hung from the post. I have considered throwing my super long tablecloth over the front of it, just to hide it from my sight. It is on my list to either make more presentable, or eliminate. Any ideas?
The Lost Things Basket
This is a beautiful, slightly tattered, basket we rescued out of Great-Grandpa’s attic. I love it. I have a thing for big baskets, never mind their impracticality. I placed the basket here, in the corner of the den, with the intent of using it to store toys “lost” throughout the day. You know, the ones you’ve picked up or stepped over 100 times before lunch. Initially, I scooped up whatever was left out about 4pm, and once a week the kids could dump it out and “find” all their lost things. As you can see, it never gets emptied. I could probably throw away that entire pile and it would be months before anyone missed a thing. *sigh*
The Hall Tree
This is another piece brought over from the old house. It was custom-built by my crafty Father-in-law, made to fit the tiny space we had behind our door at the old house. It’s been in three different locations at our new house. I bought fancy baskets from Michael’s to help it look nicer. (Let me just pause here to confess that I bought those baskets months and months ago, but they still have the tags on them) It’s called a “hall tree”, and I’m convinced my children’s coats and shoes and gloves and hats are growing on it in the night like kudzu. There is another basket, two feet away that is for snow boots only. It’s overflowing. The madness has to stop.
The Game Closet
This closet would traditionally be a linen closet. I used it for that purpose for roughly two months, when I acknowledged that keeping the towels and sheets there was horribly inconvenient. It works better to keep them closer to my bathroom, so we moved all the games to this space. This picture is after I removed three trash bags of games because their pieces were hopelessly lost. This space doesn’t work well for linens. It also doesn’t work well for games. We forget we even have games, because they are out of sight, and when we do remember, the kids can’t reach the ones they want. This space needs a new purpose and our games need a new home.
Mom’s Bedroom Floor/Craft Space
The Mr. and I were so excited last year, when we trekked to Ikea and redid our entire bedroom! We had a bedroom suit that matched. We had a headboard for the first time in twelve years. I had amazing shelves to store my fabric stash. Despite being all matchy-matchy, it is still the catch-all room for EVERYTHING. I’d love to get back into the routine of doing a load of laundry from start to finish before starting another load, but one must get caught up to make that happen. I still have hope. In the meantime, I craft everywhere BUT my craft space and we keep searching the hampers for clean laundry because our drawers are empty.
I really hope to be showing you guys some amazing after photos soon. My great purge of 2015 is still going strong, paired with some new rules on what’s allowed to come in. What space in your house makes you the most bonkers?