I was a little embarrassed to show you what my exercise room looked like yesterday but I figured my readers would have one of two reactions. Either you’d look at it and think, “Yay! I’m not the only one” and feel better about yourself. Or “I’d never let a room get like that” and again, feel better about yourself. So in a way, I’m just helping to improve everyone’s self esteem, right?
I was so proud of my accomplishment yesterday. I kept taking a peek at the room and of course, when David got home I had to show it off to him. He was really impressed, especially in light of the fact we still have all the “stuff”. I reminded him that having grown up with a very tiny bedroom (but at least I didn’t have to share it!) and a lot of stuff provided me with excellent “stuff and cram” skills.
So now I’m on a roll. Today I took on our storage closet. It’s hard to tell from the pictures but it’s huge (15 feet deep by 4 feet wide) with shelves to the ceiling along one side and across the back. It’s great to have so much storage space — as long as it’s kept organized. Starting back during Happyland Music Fest, it started to be a dumping ground, just like the exercise room. Are you noticing a theme here? A thorough clean out and organizing project would take at least two days. I’ve done it before so I know that’s no exaggeration. I don’t have that sort of time right now so I decided to just neaten it up a bit.
I started by setting a timer for 20 minutes. Here’s what it looked like to start:
Nice, huh? I began by pulling out the empty boxes and the stuff on the floor down the middle:
A lot of stuff has been returned to its place on the shelves:
David made and installed these hooks for me a few years ago. It is SO handy to places to hang things that are otherwise awkward to store. Plus it makes use of all that wall space:
This is what I removed. The boxes have all been broken down now and are ready to be recycled. Unfortunately we can’t recycle styrofoam so those packing pieces will have to go in the trash but the rest is in the back of my car, ready to drop off at the recycling center. Oh, and that 20 minutes on the timer thing? That was no where near enough time. All told, it was closer to an hour, including vacuuming and hauling all the recycling to the car.