Yesterday I launched a new series, Project Simplify (click here for details). Even though I cannot believe I’ll be putting such embarrassing pictures out on the web to be judged, ridiculed and laughed at, I’m certain that I am not alone in this quest to simplify, declutter, and organize my home. I have found that accountability and community make everything more bearable. I hope you will join me as we choose a project each day to tackle.
First, while my kids were eating breakfast, I decided I’d use my time to clean out my pantry. This week has been operation “clean out the pantry, fridge, and freezer week.” Since the pantry had gotten pretty bare, it was a perfect time to go ahead and clean it out, vacuum the shelves for crumbs, and organize it. The before picture wasn’t that bad, but the after is so clean and organized. I love it. It brings me so much peace when my environment is clutter free.
Yesterday, my project was the homeschool room closet. Then, my hubby came home from work and started cleaning out the other closet in our homeschool room that has become a store it all. We had two walk-in closets built into this room when we first moved here ten years ago, to increase our storage space in our house. We have been trying to get ready for a yard sale and knew that cleaning out that closet also had to be done, but it requires quite a bit of lifting and moving tubs around, which I don’t need to be doing pregnant. As you can imagine, by the time he finished the closet the actual homeschool room looked like a bomb had gone off. I had been pricing extra homeschool materials in there already, and everything that I had pulled out of the homeschool closet to sell had landed in the homeschool room floor. Needless to say, I had my work cut out for me! Not only did I need to declutter, organize, and clean out, I also needed to price everything that was moving to the garage for the yard sale. It was quite a project, and my kids were so helpful to lift items that were heavy for me and moved them out to the garage as I went through and priced them.
Homeschool Room Before:
I’m told you it was bad, and it gets worse.
I hope these pictures made you feel good about your house. I might not show my face in public again for a very long time.
Homeschool Room After:
Apparently, we need to get our carpet stretched. It drives me crazy when carpet does this!
Now, we’ve got a clean clutter free slate for this homeschool year. Now, I can add a couple of things to the room to brighten it a little to make it look more fun, perhaps some curtains or a new rug. It took forever, and I am completely worn out, but I feel so accomplished!
What about you? What project are you choosing today? I’d love it if you’d comment, or perhaps post a picture in the comments on the Facebook post. I pray that Project Simplify will be a blessing in your home!