We’re half-way through our year-long crazy, hair-brained idea of mine to either reduce the amount of ‘stuff’ and clutter in our house or move. The “52 weeks of home organization projects” has definitely been interesting and has people talking. The burning question most everyone asks is:
“Are you really, actually, cleaning out the – fill in the blank – areas you write about or are you just making it up for something to put on the blog?”
Well, yes, I am/we are – but Brad is even more reluctant about this project – actually doing all of these home organization projects and it has not been fun. I considered quitting and throwing in the towel a couple of times but if I’m nothing else in life, I stick to things once I start them. Is stick-to-it-ness a word? If it is – that’s me!
When I started out on this project I hadn’t really thought about a couple of things. One, how much work it would actually be. And two, how much it would really start to change my thinking about bringing more things into our house. I always thought we were pretty good about keeping our “things” (clothes, furniture, etc.) minimized, but having to go through – every stinkin’ week – and clean out and organize a different part of the house makes one think long and hard about any new items that may come in next.
It has truly become a mental check on buying anything non-consumable. I’m really questioning everything:
“Do I really need that new T-shirt? Don’t I have a few others just like it – or very similar – in my closet?”
“Do we need another cutting board? Brad, don’t you have an old one in the basement, that you were going to fix up?”
“Oh, that’s a neat metal basket, I’m sure I could use it to store something, somewhere? But what about all the others, not to mention baskets, bowls etc. that are already in the house?”
I love to shop but the idea of thinking through the future history of the item – where is it going to go in our house? Will it replace something else? It’s going to need dusting and at some point IT is going to need to be gotten rid of. This makes me question what I’m considering buying – or picking up free off the side of the road – which I’ve been known to do.
So, the projects will continue for the NEXT 26 weeks and believe me there are some doozies in there. We keep putting off our decrepit, old garage and dusty, claustrophobic basement tool closet, and my beloved sewing studio.The pictures of these projects may not be appropriate for the web!
So settle in with me, pick your areas that need it the most, and let’s finish this thing! We’re half-way through and next year – stop me before I sign myself up for another year-long project, please.
Are you half-way through your home organization project? What’s your area you keep putting off?
Go Gingham related links:
How to organize those recipes and cookbooks – but no burning books!
National Match-Up Day: A step-by-step on how to clean and organize your food storage containers!
Organizing recipes and set-up binders for the collection – you’ll be so glad once you do