I’m Taking the Challenge

After seeing that Kit at DIY Diva found this website to help her sort out her clutter, I checked it out also.

The entire room is too scary to reveal but this corner in front of the closet door gives a good example of the depth of the issue.
The entire room is too scary to reveal but this corner in front of the closet door gives a good example of the depth of the issue.

This week’s challenge is to “deal with your “too much stuff” situation. Each day this week, find ten things you can get rid of. It can be legitimate trash, broken stuff, clothes that are unwearable, near-empty bottles of stuff that can be used up, whatever. The point is to find ten extra things every day and get them recycled, donated, or thrown out.”

The top of my dressing table has been rendered useless by uncategorized clutter.
The top of my dressing table has been rendered useless by uncategorized clutter.

I’m planning to give this a good try. This past weekend I moved a large painting from the back bedroom which has been my personal habitat since the renovation began and which is now a totally cluttered and almost uninhabitable spot.  I say almost because one (among very few) good habit is making my bed every morning.  That large, clear horizontal space seems like a haven in the midst of a storm. Now that the painting is in the living room I have moved the bed back to its original position which I like much better.

The bed is moved back against the main wall in the middle of the room.
The bed is moved back against the main wall in the middle of the room.

The bedroom floor is literally tiled with catalogs and books to assist me in the renovation.  Well, I’m ready to purge.  Yesterday I recycled 10 catalogs including Restoration Hardware and lighting books from fixture manufacturers.

Day #1 -- I had to grit my teeth and just throw these catalogs away.
Day #1 — I had to grit my teeth and just throw these catalogs away.

By the end of the week I should be down at least 60 items that are cluttering up my habitat.

Is there any reason I can't get this room into decent shape like it was in 2011?
Is there any reason I can’t get this room into decent shape like it was in 2011?

I’m also going to hang some temporary artwork on the megahooks that are screwed into the studs over the bed (where the large painting once hung).

These sturdy screws could use some artwork.
These sturdy screws over the bed could use some artwork.

The whole task is an effort to ratchet my serenity up a notch.

Got clutter?  Whatcha gonna do?

Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

2 thoughts on “I’m Taking the Challenge”

  1. Good for you! This is exactly what I have been doing for the past week. I finally set a date for a yard sale because I came to the realization that I was never going to be ready unless I set a deadline.

  2. That is a great idea!!! My office is a constant source of needing to be decluttered and organized. It all ends up with many little piles that I just need to deal with!
    I keep saying ‘next weekend’ but I really am going to do it next weekend. I would this weekend but I will be out of town!
    Thanks for passing along the idea!

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