Oh you guys! You really are the butter on my homemade bread, because after I admitted that I’m a clutter bug? You all rallied around not only me, but everyone else who commented and said there is happiness in chaos and stress in perfection! (Or something to that effect.)
Amy said “I’d love to see what those rooms look like messy. It always makes me laugh to see what others consider a mess.” Well Miss Amy, THAT is a very fair request because I totally agree with you.
A funny thing happened after looking at the photos I used in that post. I sat on the couch and looked at the picture of my kitchen, then looked into my actual kitchen. It clicked that I have a really nice kitchen and that half the stuff in it simply does not have to be there. Same with my dining room and living room.
Confession: I spent the last two days shame cleaning. Shame decluttering. Shame organizing.
AND DUDE YOU GUYS IT LOOKS SO GOOD.
I can see floor and counter surfaces I haven’t seen in YEARS. And I pinky promise I’m going to do my best to keep them clear. YOU HOLD ME ACCOUNTABLE OKAY?
In my flurry of cleaning I forgot to take any before pictures, well, except for one. What I lovingly refer to as “The counter of doom: Where junk mail goes to die.”
Yep. That’s what it has looked like for about three years.
Vivi and I spent an afternoon and $40 at The Container Store and now the counter of doom looks like this:
A place for everything and everything in its place!!
I basically had to just give up the “Oh I might use that one day!” mentality and go bonkers on tossing, recycling and donating. Not gonna lie, it felt good.
If you were ever going to stop by for a surprise visit, NOW IS THE TIME (just don’t go upstairs.)
In the spirit of before/after and hows…I’ve lost 19 pounds in 24 days. But I don’t suggest doing it yourself. You can get the full story over at Shutterlovely (or click the photo below.)