Yes, I live with clutter. Lots of clutter.
No, I’m not a candidate for one of those hoarding shows. (Thank God.)
But it is distracting, embarrassing and out of my control.
I even hired an expert to come in and help. And she did…we got one room in much better shape. I’d say, about 70% better.
Too bad it wasn’t one of the main rooms we use or, for purely selfish reasons, it wasn’t my sewing/craft room. But the husband is happier to have his we-don’t-have-a-garage-any-longer-tool-room in better shape.
This is our biggest problem. We don’t have places to put stuff. No storage. Ten years ago, we moved from a 1700 square foot home, with a garden shed and a two car garage, to an 1100 square foot house. No garage, no sheds, not even a carport.
We’ve struggled ever since with the accumulation of clutter. We tried! We didn’t unpack stuff for months that turned into years, but eventually it all had to come out of boxes. Plus new stuff came in, of course.
My clutter specialist has since moved to Montana. Sigh.
So, I’m declaring war again on the clutter, but I’m taking smaller bites and I’m opening myself to public scrutiny… It’s okay, I’m ready.
This time, I’m not shooting for a room at a time. I’m taking aim at a corner at a time. So, here’s the snapshot of the first corner.
It’s basically the dining room, I always envisioned an “L” table with benches against the walls… And yeah, I need to paint those walls. But first, the clutter! Some of it is stuff from this year’s Romantic Times Booklovers Convention…bookmarks, postcards, buttons…some of it is dog nd cat paraphernalia. The blue thing is my magazine recycling container…
No, I’m not sure where I’m going to put this stuff, but I think it’s going to take a lot of … *gasp! …throwing away, donating and stacking. I’m good at stacking. I should start with a closet, but they are just too damned scary.
So, let’s start with a corner!
Any suggestions on organizing? Anyone else have a clutter problem they are willing to admit to? And next week? A new corner, if I finish this one… No, let’s be positive, one corner at a time!