Thursday, October 6, 2011

40 Chores in 40 Days (Day # 6)

Almost two hours and one major allergy attack later, the ex-playroom is finally clean! Now that chore made me work up a sweat. I discovered when looking over this room, pre-cleaning, that I am apparently the stuff hoarders are made of. Not that I wanted to keep anything, just the sad fact that I let it get to this point. We rarely use the downstairs part of our home. I pretty much only go down there to do laundry. So, I suppose out of sight, out of mind played a large role in the pure destruction of this room. That and I somehow manage to have monkeys instead of children. Having a playroom downstairs was a bad idea in the first place. They would never go downstairs and play. I think they believed something inhuman lived in the downstairs quarters that would eat small children who didn't obey their parents. Okay so I totally made that up! I have no idea why they never used the room that was full of way too many toys, but when they did use it they became tornadoes. Several months ago (okay maybe a year ago) I donated all the toys in the playroom so all that remained was pretty much trash and things that had no real home assigned to them. Removing and reassigning homes to lost things was the task at hand. Sounds fairly simple in theory. Some of you are probably laughing that I find organizing and de-cluttering to be such a difficult task, others of you are probably gasping in horror/shock that I am indeed a slob. It is even more shocking to those of you who know my Mother. She has one of the nicest, well kept houses I know. I did not get that gene from her. I only wish for it and truthfully, envy it. I think she somehow finds cleaning and decorating to be fun. Strange and unusual concept to me.

Anyway.... Here are a few things that I learned during this task.

1. Saving boxes from old electronic devices is never a good idea
2. Vacuuming with a shop vac takes a lot of time
3. I am not fond of small, dark spaces (I.E. the closet under the steps) Not afraid of it, just not fond!
4. However, I am terrified of spiders and I think they know it
5. It feels really refreshing to be accomplishing these chores and it really hasn't been too overwhelming
HUGE MESS! I can't believe I am posting this publicly


Before Closet

After Closet...No more boxes!
I am very grateful that this project is over and I am super excited about the plans I have for this room now. Here are a few photos that I am drawing inspiration from for our new home office/library! I know it's a while down the road, but just thinking about it makes me smile....I heart books, and a room where they surround me gives me a happy heart! Thank you pinterest!

I love everything about this space found on The Life of Polarn Per

Piano...I would imagine there will be some guitars as well!

More BOOKS...and love the curtain as well!


DeborahRobson said...

I am SO behind on looking at blogs so I am just now getting around to looking at the cleaning in 40 days blogs. Very inspiring! I need to consider doing this too. It would be nice to get it done before the next baby gets here!

Anonymous said...

You are doing a great job with all your de-cluttering!! It is such a relief and freeing experience to purge the stuff you don't need. I am bad at letting things get way too cluttered but I always feel so much better when I get rid of the things I don't need and make things more simple.
-Leslie Breeding

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