So, today I had a rare day off/ home alone day- so decided to tackle a project which had been nagging on my mind for far too long. Listen closely if you have any "dumping ground" in your home- whether it be an entire room (like me) or even a drawer or closet. I am embarrassed of the "before" pictures. (Mind you, in the before pictures, I actually dumped out some boxes on top of the bed since I was prepared to organize and purge my heart out.) This spare room for us has very rarely served as a functional guest room, but more commonly is known as the "catch all" or "half finished project graveyard." When it has served as a functional guestroom, it's because I moved all of the junk down into the basement, and I am tired of moving this mess around. I use it to keep all of my craft items, items I mean to give away/ get rid of, and those that just haven't found a home yet. I have been reading many blogs lately by women who keep fabulous, chic, vintage, eclectic and "upcycled" homes which have encouraged me to tackle this project without spending a dime. (Usually I convince myself that if I go buy more stuff that it will be easier to keep the things I already have. Is anyone with me here- it sounds crazy when I actually put it on paper.) I love buying organizational items, boxes, bins, baskets, space bags and any other contraption which makes me feel like life would magically be so organized once that item is in my home. Then I realized I was drowning in these such things, and still had a mess. (grrr) So it was time to roll up my sleeves, and get dirty.
Here's some before & after photos of my work today:
Look how good my intentions were! There are boxes waiting to go to Goodwill! There are items I posted online to sell & get rid of!
A little more inviting, right? I dusted, swept, washed the bedding... and my personal favorite, ORGANIZED.
Then, there was my craft closet...
Wow, Inspiring, right?
My ribbon collection was one thing I always felt like I had to buy an organizer for- but today, not a dime, remember!? I went online and got some great free ideas with items I already had- I used ribbon to display my ribbon, and clothespins to hold my bows onto another ribbon, shown here:
So, in about 8 hours, I feel pretty good about checking this task off the list. (I have a few minor details which need to be completed, such as putting random pics into albums, etc.)
The key for me with keeping it clean is not moving things back in there. I packaged up my wedding dress to be sent off for cleaning / preservation. I have already called the ARC to come pick up my giveaway items so they don't sit around in my way until I shove them back into the guest room. Things that have a home elsewhere in the house have already made their way back.
And, last but not least...
Betty has approved this room for visitors!