Thank you all SO much for coming by and linking up to my Top Projects party. Ya’ll really showed it off and I am so impressed by all we collectively accomplished this year. Bravo to all of you. I wish I could take the time to highlight so many of your projects, but just know that I think you are all awesome. It will take me days just to go through all the links.
Now, for that project procrastination thing….
Oh, I’ve got a bunch of them. So, let’s spur each other on to getting some of those mundane tasks done. You know the ones. Like touching up the grout or caulk on all that white bathroom tile. Or putting the last layer of caulk around the seam in the granite and backsplash in the kitchen. Yep, guilty!
Those little things are the ones that get put off for months for me, since whenever they come to mind, I toss that thought aside til another day. But, now that Christmas is over, it’s time to tackle a few of them.
Like this one. My closet. No excuse for this pig-sty of a closet, it’s all mine and I have ignored it for months. Tell me I’m not alone, please?! I wish I was better at keeping this space cleaned up, but it seems to stay out of control. It’s tall and skinny.With shelves all the way up the walls. I can get a lot in here, the problem is, those clothes need to be cleaned out. I don’t wear half of them. Time to get busy.And uggghhh at the junk drawers. You know that pretty dining room I have? It’s hiding a big secret. The drawers in my sideboard are trashed! I have even cleaned out these junk drawers. I throw a few things away and just rearrange my junk. Time to take action!
So, January will be devoted to decluttering my spaces.
I invite you to join me, won’t you? 🙂 Tell me about your decluttering projects and make me feel better.
Happy New Year, my friends! Here’s to 2011!
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After my relatives leave after a wonderful week with them-I need to take all Xmas stuff down and ORGANIZE my attic space! It’s the best time for me to label containers and organize all ornaments and decorations in some kind of order. It will be so nice to be able to go in my attic for Xmas 2011 knowing where everything is.
Lindsey (The Savvy Speechie) says
Happy New Year to you!
I am decluttering as well! Bags and bags of junk. And when did my hubbie accumulate so much stuff? Blah. Time to take advantage of all the organizing container sales!!
Oh my gosh, it’s my closets as well! In the past, we have always moved a lot, but now that we have been settled for 6 years in the same house, same city, my closets are out of control! Moving always gave me the perfect reason to declutter, now I have to do it just because I need to!
Ohhhhhhhhhhh my – so many projects! A big one in the process right now involves finishing our kitchen. We’re adding more cabinet space(YAY!) and once it’s done, we’ll have actual space for bills and a real junk drawer with an organizer. Right now the bookshelves somehow because a dumping ground for all of that stuff and it’s going to be so great to have spots for that and for extra storage for pots and pans and kiddo’s art supplies and craft stuff.
After that…the dreaded basement is my winter project. Talk about de-clutter!! There’s so much that we need to just give away or throw away and I want to do it asap!
I feel for you, my closet is the same. AND the bottom drawer of my armoire in the dining room (which I hate being in there but its like 5000 lbs and hubby won’t move it!) is like the dropping place for EVERYTHING. I did however de-clutter the drawer and started to tackle the closet (two big bags for charity-YAY). So I am starting to clean it out. Good luck to you.
My problem is that I live in a 5 bedroom house with NO closets. Back in the mid 1800s I guess they did not have enough clothing to waste the space on something so frivelous. I have one small closet on the upstairs landing where I stash holiday decorations. As a result I have repurposed (as if I did it on purpose) one 10 x 10 bedroom as off season clothing ( and everything else) storage.
That resulted in my new addiction to dragging home dressers and chests whenever I find “a bargain.” What I need is less stuff.
I am horrified that some day Peter Walsh or Julie Morgenstern will knock on my door with a camera crew. Do I want the help? YES! Would I die of embarrassment? Absolutely. Would I let them in?
The scene of them convincing me will make for great television.
If you decide to have a closet party in February, I will be joining in. Before that I am afraid you’d still be seeing Before pictures.
Your pictures are similar to mine, that is if I would take them. I do have a plan to do just that and blog about my progress. As soon as I finish this comment I am going to take pictures of the before to motivate me to take some “after” pictures very soon. The drawers in my cabinet in the diningroom look much the same as yours and have for dears. Thanks for the inspiration.
I truly enjoy cleaning out my closet. Weird, yes! However, I have a junk drawer that would bring you to your orgaznized knees! It’s on my list of projects for 2011. I better get moving!
My closet needs a little work but mostly my craft closet got trashed from holiday preparations and is in need of a major organizing/straightening/cleaning. And I am sure there is a junk drawer or two that needs attention!! (after I get this Christmas stuff put away!)
Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss says
I’m decluttering EVERYTHING! Actually, I started about 2 months ago. After more than 35 years in the same house, we are moving. I still have my wedding dress from 38 years ago, my daughter’s crib (she’s 28), some of her toys, as well as miscellaneous junk that just seemed to accumulate through the years. It is turning out to be a MAJOR undertaking but I see no reason to keep all that stuff anymore so I’m going through boxes that have been stored for far too long in the garage, drawers, closets etc., rather than move it all to the new house where I know it will just continue to take up space. I hope to “live lighter” in 2011.
I just wanted to say “thank you” as you were my top referral source for 2010 (related to the beadboard party posts). Many blessings to you and your family for a wonderful new year. 🙂
Dear Rhoda —
So I am wondering just how you got into my closet and sideboard to get those photos?!? Hee hee…you are definitely not alone! I am a classic “people are coming over…quick — stuff that junk in here” kind of gal so I can totally relate. Sounds like we have matching clean-up resolutions for this New Year!
I just love your blog — found it recently and I keep clicking back on over to see what’s up. : )
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Dana @ CafeD says
You are SO not alone!
I have way too much stuff and reducing the volume will help me reduce the clutter.
I actually blogged about this very topic today.
I’m trying a Minus 365 Project – we’ll see how it goes!
Rhoda I adore you for posting this! Your house always looks incredible in photos but I know everyone has “that closet” and that (those) “junk drawers.”
I’ve been working on decluttering since Thanksgiving. I finally cleaned out our horrid hall coat closet, cleaned out the attic while putting away Christmas decorations, and I’ve taken two smallish loads to Goodwill, made a ginormous trash pile from the attic, and taken a box to the used bookstore here in Nashville. I’m trying to teach my girls to declutter and give items to charity when they get new items so Christmas was a great way to do that.
We still have a crapload of clutter, though. Let’s not talk about my desk at home and my car. ACK!
Hi Rhoda! Even though we have been in our new house less than a year, I have some major problem areas. Drawers, closets, and my garage are natural junk magnets. It will take me a while, but I am planning to organize my clutter collection, one room at a time.
Have a wonderful day!