I have discovered that it is impossible to work on this room in isolation from the rest of my house. There are things in this room (clothes for example) the by all rights should be somewhere else but, because of lack of space, it ended up here. With that in mind, I am almost forced to work on additional rooms which almost instantly overwhelms me. If I had the money I would be tempted to hire someone to come in and completely renovate/ remodel my entire home so that I didn’t have the anxiety. However, since I don’t, I am in a situation where I need to figure it out. With that in mind, part of my focus for Day 4 will be to clean out my dresser and closet in my bedroom (which will be room #2) as well as the dresser and closet in Room #1.
On a happier not, I redesigned a craft project that will use up the rest of the wood I have piled in my living room ready to cut. Here’s a picture…..
I make a sign to hang them from….will post pictures of that later.
Until then…One Day and Counting the number of t-shirts I need to get rid of!!
Yesterday I spent the majority of the day tracing various craft projects on to my stack of wood.
I love painting… I love the outlet that it gives me to release some of the stress in my life. Whatever negative emotions I can’t get rid of on a run….I usually can take care of with a paintbrush. At any rate, the stack of wood from yesterday now represents many hours of future enjoyment and hopefully a few dollars in my pocket that I can use to help recreate this space.
The next few days will be focused on getting rid of stuff I know I won’t ever use and boxing up stuff I don’t need immediate access to. This picture is a small representation of what a complete and total disaster this room is right now…
I need to get the closet cleaned out and build some shelves in it so I can start organizing stuff into a final “spot” for it. I have a vision….
One Day and Counting….til its cool enough outside to use my scroll saw without dying of heatstroke!
Yesterday I began this journey towards living simply by taking the stacks of old jeans out of the top of the closet. The goal was to either use them or get rid of them. The result….
I tore them all apart and cut 231 squares that will be repurposed to make some fun quilts. One for my room and one for the Murphy bed when I get it built.
Next up, this stack of wood….
One Day and Counting the moments until I can start Room #2!!! (so excited)
Nine years ago in October, I left my first husband. Not a story I really want to go into except to say that at the same time, I put almost everything I “got in the divorce” into a storage unit until I could go through it. Here it is, nine years later and I am still have everything “I got in the divorce” in storage as well as countless other mounds of meaningless stuff sitting in almost every available space in my home. I am now married to a wonderful man and between the two of us (as well as our kids), we have more stuff than we know what to do with. Despite the fact that our home should “fit us”, it is feeling very cramped. I attribute that to the fact that we have more stuff than we know what to do with… hence the goal…. My goal is to get rid of the meaningless stuff. Books on my bookshelf that I have not opened since I graduated from college. Papers… why do we keep every bill stub from the last 15 years?? Clothes that I haven’t worn in forever… what is the point to having all the stuff?? No idea…
Now, I am not oblivious to the fact that living simply is more than getting rid of stuff… but it is a place to start. I will work on the rest later… for now, One Day and Counting…. until I am clutter-free! (it starts now!) 🙂