Friday, July 9, 2010

Cleaning and De-Cluttering

Yesterday, I spent some time working on the playroom and the playroom closet. Mostly on the closet. Unfortunately, I did not take a "before" picture of the closet. But here is the "after" picture:

When the Girl came saw the closet, she took in her breath and said, "It's beeeaaaauuuuttiiiifuulllll!" Just more proof that having clean, clutter-free spaces is good for the soul and mind.

I also cleaned out the corner of the room where the bookshelf used to be so that I could put a table in the room. I wanted the kids to have a place in there to do art work or have dinner with their friends (a proverbial "kid" table). It's our old dining table, and it looks good. I think I'll get a lamp to hang above it:

Okay. So the closet is clean and organized and ready for me to put stuff away. Lucky for you, I did take "before" picture of the room, now that it contains all of the contents that have been vomited out by the closet:

There is a queen-sized futon under there that is kind of hard to see. I'm hoping that the bed makes it all look worse than it is and that, overall, it's not as bad as it looks. I'm sparing you a picture of the desk since I'm not sure what I'm going to do with that mess yet.

I plan to put some things away later today (in the closet) while the kids are playing. Right now, I need to work on the dissertation, but it's tempting to spend the morning browsing simplicity blogs so that I can get inspired to throw out more stuff.


Fie upon this quiet life! said...

I love a decluttered space. I just wish I had the time and energy to do that myself. A couple of weeks ago, I did go through our linen closet and make it look nice and neat. But I need to do that with just about every square inch of our house, and I get so overwhelmed that I can't even start. Gads! Who knew that adding one more child to the works would have such a huge clutter impact?!?!

The Thirty-Something Bride said...

Your closet looks very nice, Cousin.

(My word verification is SWOON - love it).

Bavardess said...

Can you come to my house?? I desperately need a clutter intervention. I now have not one but TWO spare rooms that are so full of crap, I've just shut the doors and stopped going into them!

loveskidlit said...

I love that you posted the last pic too!

TKW said...

Please come purge all of the shit I have in my house? Please?!

C. Troubadour said...

Whee! That closet IS beautiful. Well done. I can feel the resulting catharsis and I'm not even the one cleaning :)

We are so, so close to getting those garage shelves up. All the brackets are in place. I cannot WAIT to start emptying the spare bedroom -- it looks a lot like that futon right now.