Org Junkie is having a February Organizing Challenge.
I really don’t like challenges.
I’d rather use the time I would spend planning a strategy . . . to just get something done. 100% less chance of failure that way.
“I’m gonnas” have rarely worked for me.
But . . . I do have a room that’s been bugging me. I’ve mentioned it here before.
I think it needs a plan. Thankfully, it’s been functional for more than two years now.
Functional is a big deal for this room.
It’s larger than some people’s living rooms, but was officially an “ebay” room for more than three years.
Functional is a good place to be since it means I can send guests to a half-bath in the back corner of the room. Most people didn’t even know that bathroom existed when the room was packed to the ceiling in . . . stuff.
So, while a busy February looms before me, and the thought of COMMITTING to a big organizing project freaks me out more than a little bit, I’m going to go ahead and make a plan for this room. It needs one, and if that’s all I get done, at least that’s something.
Get over the coulds, and stick to the shoulds.
I have a deep-seeded (and likely hereditary) tendency to gain joy from coulds. As I’ve gone through this deslobification process, I’ve tried to stop taking pride in getting the MOST possible things into a room.
Like this dresser.
It’s full of drawers. Drawers that can store stuff. And really, not everyone would think to put it in a room like this. Y’know, a room that doesn’t actually NEED a dresser.
I used to be proud of that out-of-the-box thinking.
But after trying to keep my house out of Disaster Status and re-decluttering this blankety-blank dresser sixty-ba-jillion times . . . I’m not feelin’ so proud anymore.
And this bar. No, we actually don’t drink . . . but we have a bar. Thank you, Mr. 80s Homebuilder.
No. We don’t use it. And no, I’m not doing a major construction project this month to get rid of it. But, I’ve realized that this room will never look right if I don’t embrace it. Meaning, stop pretending that since I don’t see it . . . others don’t see it. The counters are stacked with non-bar/non-anything stuff. It does have cabinets, which in an ideal world would provide some storage. But I haven’t been able to get into those cabinets in years because they are blocked from being opened by the TV.
I don’t even remember what I stored in them.
Basically, it comes down to this:
I’m thankful that this room has been walk-thru-a-ble for more than two years now. For me, that’s big. But . . . it’s time for me to get over my coulds.
Just because a piece of furniture could fit in this room doesn’t mean it should.
Just because there’s a blank space of wall that could accomodate one more piece of furniture . . . doesn’t mean I should put one there.
I’ve enjoyed the blank wall space since removing my cute-but-clutter-catching bench.
Here’s my overall plan:
Get rid of the dresser.
Move the couch to where the dresser is.
Possibly remove the desk. (Heart palpitations . . . this will require an alternate computer set-up solution.)
Move the TV to where the bookshelf is now.
Move the bookshelf to where the couch is now.
Leave blank wall space around the bar.
My main goal:
Make this room easier to use and maintain.
So there’s my plan. The thought/dream of getting it done in February seems pretty far-fetched, but at least I have a plan.
P.S. Do you think it should be “deep-seeded” or “deep-seated”? I honestly don’t know as it’s one of those say-it-but-don’t-write-it things. I chose “deep-seeded” because I imagine this living organism down inside of me that causes me to fill all available spaces with stuff. Like a seed so deep down that it takes LOTS of effort and digging to get to it and remove it completely.