At the beginning of a new year, I get the bug to organize, clean, and purge. I finally took a day to get my junk room, throw it in there when we don't know what to do with it, dog hangout room organized!
This was the one area in the house that gave me heart palpitations everytime I walked into it. It's a room that was converted from the garage which is adjacent to the kitchen. Take a look:
|This was not a functional space as you can tell. Look at that disaster!|
|Seriously, it was out of control|
As you can see, there is a lot of stuff thrown in here haphazardly without any rhyme or reason. I keep a pretty clean house, and I am not overly OCD, but this room kind of freaked me out. Some people have a junk drawer, I have a junk room!
The first thing I did was start four piles: trash, donate, shred or keep. Next I started in one area and worked on that to get it dusted and vacuumed so I could start organizing and categorizing. Here are my final results:
|The mini refrigerator got moved over next to the deep freezer. The bird house cabinet stores candles and a few easy access household tools (screwdriver, measuring tape, etc.)|
Not photographed is an old microwave stand (you can see it a little in the above photo). This stores all the pens, pencils, tape, address labels, etc. in the drawer and under in the cabinets are items my husband uses for his business (paints, spray glue, caulk guns, etc.). These items need to stay warm so they need to be in the hosue somewhere. This was an easy solution to still store these items, but not have to look at them.
Although this room doesn't have all the pretty baskets and cute storage totes that I would really like to use, it serves it's purpose, everything has a place, it's labeled, and categorized for easy access. Now I can actually walk in there and not feel like having a panic attack. The dog is in heaven since he has reclaimed this space for his cozy hangout area too!
Have you got the organizing bug lately? I would love to hear what you have done!