I started out behind on the February Organizing Challenge over at Org Junkie. My first post was written on Feb 2nd, and the challenge started on the first.
I feel like everything I did throughout the month for the challenge was a last-minute struggle and was always the minimal amount I could justify doing.
And yet, here at the end . . . I’m quite excited about the changes in that room! It has a VERY long way to go with lots of decluttering projects, but the overall flow is sooooo much better and I really believe it will be much easier to maintain it this way.
Here are my before shots:
The view from the door into the room. The view that guests see.
The dresser that was right inside the door from the garage. This was my clutter-catching nemesis. A waaaayyyyy too convenient dumping ground when walking into the house. (By the way, this picture was taken after it had been cleaned off.) Oh, and that’s my tap floor in the background.
The eyesore desk. Another dumping ground.
And the bar. The bar we don’t use, and that we couldn’t use even if we wanted to because we couldn’t get to it.
My goals and results for this project:
Get rid of the dresser. (Turned it into the “TV Stand” and moved it where that was supposed to go.)
Move the couch to where the dresser is. (This totally blocked the door, so I “floated” it.)
Possibly remove the desk. (Heart palpitations . . . this will require an alternate computer set-up solution.) (DID IT! Removed the desk, and used the table that was holding the computer as the new desk.)
Move the TV to where the bookshelf is now. (Done, just on a different stand than I expected.)
Move the bookshelf to where the couch is now. (Done.)
Leave blank wall space around the bar. (DONE!!)
My main goal:
Make this room easier to use and maintain. (Yes, I’m already seeing the benefits of NOT having a dumping ground right inside the door.)
My after shots:
I LOVE it. Love it.
There are still between 3 and 29 spots in the room that need tweaking, but I’m just so excited to have the big stuff done. Now, I truly feel that I have the basis for making this room all that it can (and should) be!
Here are my answers to the required questions for the challenge:
1. What space did you decide to organize and why?
When I started, I called this my office/gameroom/guest-room. Although this room had come a LONG way in two years (it was once a storage/ebay room), it had furniture along every part of the walls and too many junky areas which made it hard to maintain.
2. What steps did you take to ensure you completed the space within the 29 day timeline?
I did SOMEthing each week. Even if it was a thirty minute project that didn’t have a huge effect on the room overall, it was progress
3. What was the hardest part of the challenge for you and how did you overcome it?
Honestly, my readers were such a huge help in this difficult space. I took many of their suggestions to heart. Primarily, they helped me decide that this room should just be “The Gameroom” and not try to make it so many different things.
The hardest overall thing was uncovering hidden clutter when I moved furniture. It was a good thing to acknowledge that it was there, but with my crazy month I simply did not have the time to deal with it all. I had to talk myself into just focusing on the big stuff.
4. What did you do with the “stuff” you were able to purge out of your newly organized space?
Most of the stuff I purged is in the back of my Suburban, ready to go to the thrift store. The desk is waiting in the garage for Hubby to drag it out to the curb. I’ll make the “FREE” sign.
5. Tell me one of your proudest moments during this challenge?
When I took the after pictures. I love the look now, and especially am excited that I took a reader’s advice and put a rug in there. (I just happened to have one!)
6. Explain any organizing “tools” you used to help you create additional space and to establish some limits and boundaries?
I think “floating” the couch was key. It helped the walk-through flow of the room and also created a different feel that I really like. I also am so glad that I used the dresser as the TV stand. The drawers will be perfect storage for the kids’ Wii stuff.
7. What is ONE piece of advice you’d give to someone else to encourage them on their organizational journey?
Do the easy stuff first. Don’t be afraid to do something small even in the midst of a big project.
OK. There you go. There’s lots left to do (like finding a spot for my tap board), but now that the room has the overall look I want, I’m so excited!
Here’s my weekly progress –
The Room Re-arranging Story Without a Happy Ending (Proof that it often gets worse before it gets better!)
I decluttered and organized the bookshelf. (This is also the post that has mid-way pics from all four corners.)
I moved the computer to its new home and (almost) banished the desk!
Whew. Thanks so much to all of you for your help in getting this room figured out!
Oh. And I’ll be putting up my monthly decluttering update post tomorrow!