The Great Purge: Part II

I’ve come off my purge high since cleaning out and organizing the hall closet.  I should have taken advantage of the high and moved right on to the next room, but instead I basked in the beauty of the clean hall closet for far too long and now I’m in trouble.  Big trouble.  Self-discipline, where are you?

In two days, most of our new bedroom furniture will be delivered and I have not addressed the black hole which is my bedroom closet and the random items in my bedroom which don’t belong in a bedroom.  Like the desk which houses a myriad of items including, but not limited to, scrapbook supplies (I have completed 3 scrapbook pages since purchasing and receiving a gazillion scrapbook supplies. 3 pages.  I can see my best friend shaking her head now), princess candy from Annalise’s birthday piñata, magazines from 1997-2007, a sewing kit, a roll of undeveloped film (um), stationery and letter-writing tools (I don’t write letters at this desk.  I write them at our desk in our office), 2 fruit bars, 4th of July cookie cutters, and cookbooks.

And then there are those little bits of paper peeking out of the drawers, covering the writing space, floating through the air like leaves in the wind when someone walks by–misfit coupons.  I have all my other coupons under control and filed in my binder so why are these on this desk?  I don’t have an answer for you.

I want to curl up in a ball on the couch and eat Doritos when I think of beginning work on that room.  And I can’t even begin to describe my closet.  Let’s just pretend it doesn’t exist until I have cleaned off and moved the desk.  Baby steps, itty-bitty baby steps.

We have a few errands to run today (do I buy Doritos while we’re out?), but in between those tasks I’ll be working on my bedroom.  I’ll even enter The Room Which Shall Not be Named.  If you call or text me and I don’t reply by, oh, 8 o’clock or so, call someone.  Save me.  And make sure my husband uses hair detangler on Annalise’s hair before brushing it for preschool tomorrow.

The Great Purge of 2011

Since 2011 is quickly nearing its end, I’d like to tell you that the Great Purge of 2011 is also coming to a successful close.  Not exactly.

I have wanted to clear my home of clutter and reorganize it for a long time.  I begin one room, get distracted, begin again, get distracted (the initial distraction is usually my stomach telling me to book it to the kitchen for a snack.  You will soon see that my stomach is the boss), start another area, get distracted.  So I finally began the Great Purge last week.  And I purged…the coat closet.  Hey, that’s a start, right?

And because I said this blog was birthed in large part to encourage accountability and self-discipline, I am going to document Le Purge (la?) beginning with the silly coat closet.  I can’t believe I’m doing this, but here are the before and after shots.  It’s bad.  Don’t think for a second I don’t know that.

Embarrassing before picture

I don’t know how it got like that.  Okay, it got like that because we toss stuff in there and slam the door shut.  That’s how that happens.

Ah, better.

Funny how clearing out that little space (well, it goes farther back to the right…I couldn’t show it.  It was too scary) was such a relief and motivated me to get started on other areas.  Next up, my bedroom closet.  I can’t even promise a before picture.  Mainly because I can barely get into it now.  I keep telling myself that when the house is organized and clear of clutter my mind shall be, too.  Onward!

Note: A wonderful blog called Money Saving Mom has given me much-needed encouragement and a kick in the pants with regard to accountability and self-discipline.  If you’re feeling a need for some inspiration or great advice when it comes to your discipline, I’d suggest checking out her series 21 Days to a More Discipline Life.  She is positive and practical–I appreciate her straightforward, honest, and judgment-free approach in reaching out to her readers.