Once in a while I let a room get so messy that when it comes time to clean it, I have no idea where to start. This happened a lot when I was a kid but doesn’t happen as often now that I’m an adult. Oh, I’m not saying that things don’t get messy, I’m just saying I know how to attack the mess most times.
I said most times right? I’m having a hard time trying to figure out how to attack the these rooms:
The Craft Room
Every time I walk in here, there is something new taking refuge in my space (see the Danze shower set to the left?). Besides my crafting supplies, it’s filled with boxes of CDs, things that belong in the Band Room and other crap that has yet to find a permanent home. I can never decide whether I should start moving furniture around or attempt paint stuff on the walls. Most days I stand in the room for 5 minutes and then decide that I should just wait for the Band Room stuff (including 6 boxes of CDs) to move to their new home before I attempt anything in this room. I also convince myself that I should wait until I can get my craft table out of the garage but deep down I know I’ll just take all the stuff off the floor and pile it on my table and call it “clean.”
Guest Bedroom #2
Guest Room #1 is also known as the other place that random stuff lives. Like the craft room, this room houses a lot of things that will eventually live in the band room like boxes of sheet music, instruments from other countries and random cords and wires. Actually, just about every room in the house is storing something that should live in the band room. This guest room is also the temporary home of stuff that belongs in the garage like Christmas decorations, snowshoes and camping gear. I’ve also got a few boxes of bathroom stuff waiting to be moved and a collection of items that need to be taken to Goodwill. My biggest hurdle with this room (besides all the stuff) is that we don’t have anything that belongs in this room. We have no furniture for it – nothing. I thought about sorting through the boxes and piling all the garage stuff by one wall, all the bathroom stuff by the opposite wall and all the band stuff by another wall. I only got as far as stuff all the Christmas stuff in the closet.
Guest Room #2
The only real place we (and I mean WE) made progress is in guest room #2. It’s not decorated or anything, it’s just (mostly) clutter free. Yes, I see the bucket of random junk and the 4 pillows that are going in the trash today. Didn’t you see “mostly” in parenthesis?
We can’t decide on a color scheme for this room. Every time I walk in the room, I think of something different I want to do. I guess the important thing is that It’s 90% clean.
The only place on the third floor besides the master suite that has seen some progress is the linen closet.
It only took us a month to do this. I have no excuses. It just seemed like a low priority spot to organize until we realized it was probably the fastest spot to organize.
We realize we need to get our act together and we need to do it fast. Micah’s parents will be visiting in a month and this place can’t look like this. Their house is ridiculously organized and completely spotless. Last time they came to visit (for the wedding), our apartment looked like a hurricane just came through it. We had moving boxes, wedding gifts and random crafts littered throughout the place. I don’t want them to think we always live this way.
I really hope the last few bits of our bathroom are finished this weekend. I’ve been saying that a lot and I mean it each time I mention it. A lot of stuff can be moved into the bathroom once it’s done. We also need to just start cleaning. It’s WAY easier said than done, and when I’ve figured out a way to start, I’ll let you know.