So, after 28 days, I feel reformed. Well, maybe I wouldn’t go that far, but my room is clean at least. Check it out:
And now for the big unveil:
What left? One of the two bookshelves, one of the two desks, and the treadmill. Three bags of stuff went to Goodwill. Two boxes of paper got recycled and a giant bag of paper was shredded to use as worm bedding. Plus, a box and a bag of books are waiting to go to the used bookstore.
What’s new? The loveseat. It was hanging out in the living room, but it fits much better here.
This shelf has been organized:
This built-in shelf offers a lot of storage.
The “office” has been organized and relocated:
The desk is clean and big enough to double as a table for crafts or other projects.
The entertainment center is organized and perfect for the kids and their friends. There’s even space for a small VCR/DVD player in the console:
Now the kids have a place to play the Wii with their friends.
The sitting area:
A new home for the loveseat I "rescued" from the side of the road.
The room has purpose now, but we needed to keep the dog’s “room” too:
The kennel fits nicely behind the loveseat and doesn't detract from the room.
So, 28 days is supposed to be long enough to learn new habits, to break bad habits and start fresh. I feel reformed better and ready to conquer another space.
My room isn’t perfect, but I made the small space work. I also have to give credit where it’s due. I didn’t do this all on my own. Mr. Hippie spent a long time Friday morning organizing and vacuuming, and both the kids helped a little at various stages of the project. The kids really seem to like their new space, I just hope they like it enough to help maintain it!
And, and update. As part of the official challenge, I need to answer some questions. While I kind of got to that in a round-about way in my post, I thought I should clarify a bit. So, here you go:
1. What was the hardest part of the challenge for you and were you able to overcome it?
The hardest part of this challenge, was finding a new home for all of the “stuff” that had accumulated in the space. I purged a lot of it. (See #3) Our house is small and doesn’t have a lot of storage space, so moving it wasn’t an option for most of the stuff.
2. Tell us what kind of changes/habits you have put into place in order for your area/room to maintain its new order?
I sweep through the room every night and put stuff that doesn’t belong there back in its home. Keeping Gwen accountable for her junk daily is vital too, because she loves to hang out in the new space!
3. What did you do with the “stuff” you were able to purge out of your newly organized space?
Tons went to Goodwill. I took four bags of books to school. Mountains of papers were recycled. Some was thrown away. The bookshelf is being repurposed. I had originally planned on freecycling it, but it didn’t get picked up so now I’m going to use it in my “root cellar” as storage for canning jars. Two small shelves got moved into the big storage shelf and one tall shelf got moved into Gwen’s room as “art storage” for her drawing supplies.
4. What creative storage solutions were you able to introduce in order to create additional space as well as establish some limits and boundaries?
The tall built-in shelf in the room is really deep, so I utilized long baskets and small storage cubes to keep things accesible yet out-of-the way. It looks tidy, but I can reach everything.
5. Why do you think you should win this challenge?
I should win the challenge because I turned a completely unusable space in my home into a romm that is filled with life! The kids want to be there now and I actually enjoy sitting down at the computer to work (and I don’t have to clear a space for my stuff before I sit down at the desk.)