And I’ve learned some interesting things. One: I need to get more done during the summer because during the school year, I’m just *barely* keeping up. I will say, having done *so much* last summer, it was easier to get back to something resembling that state, especially knowing the deep-down cleaning was done. Two: I probably need to do the pantry again. And the freezer. Did I even do the freezer last year? Who knows. Three: I vastly prefer living in a clean and organized space, but once it starts to slip, it GOES FAST, and I get overwhelmed and can’t think or deal and then, wham, back to messy chaos. Which I hate. Four: “Just fucking finish it” has become my mantra this year. [Note: I started this post on the 18th, but couldn’t upload pictures due to being an old, outdated browser. Fixed this situation, photos now working.] So first, I’ll note, this was the process from last year: here and here.
So, all that being said, my bedroom had become a total disaster site again. REALLY BAD.All that stuff on the floor? Clean laundry that I did not put away. Hangs head in shame. A fair amount had to be rewashed. *sigh*
And now, my side of the bed. Oh man, it’s really bad. A bunch of that is the various sewing projects that have accumulated over the year. And just crap. That laundry basket off to the right? A whole bunch of papers that I’ve needed to sort through for a few weeks now.
Top of the wardrobe is still horrendous.
A bunch of clutter accumulation under the ironing board:
Same for my bedside table:
Friday was a fairly cool day, I don’t work and we had nowhere to go, so I decided to just put on my big girl undies and start dealing with it. I will confess, I did come back to Tumblr and read some UFYH posts for inspiration, and to remind myself that I can, in fact, do this. I didn’t end up needing my timer to structure myself, and I did take breaks.
So, ironing board is better, still has crap on it, but some of it actually needs to be, you know, ironed.
Husband’s side of the bed: Now our main three laundry bins were living in the closet, but somehow they kept coming out and have been living out in the bedroom. I don’t love it, but I need to do another purge of my closet before I can get them back in. Two of those loads of laundry were getting into the queue to get done, and have gotten done! That oval bin is full of unmatched socks. Which I still need to deal with. Once I get completely caught up on laundry, I need to purge some of our bins. I like the pink ones for the transporting of dirty laundry down to the basement and clean laundry back up for folding, so I think the rest can go.
This definitely falls into the “better not perfect category.” Those books need a home, but I have to do a massive book purge upstairs before I can home those guys. The bin and the laundry basket are projects to be finished and dealt with, which I obviously need to do. Top of the wardrobe, still bad. But, the floor is clear and clean, and I can walk to and from my bed without stepping on anything so I call that a big ole win.
Bed made with clean sheets. And all piles of papers gathered to be dealt with.
After:I know, it doesn’t look much better, but it really is. All that paper crap was sorted, and two of those paper grocery bags are recycling. The other is trash, ha ha! Everything else sorted for filing, dealing with and then filing, or just figuring out what the hell it is. Okay, I’ll confess, I haven’t finished that part, because I did get distracted, I mean inspired, by the upstairs. Since I know that because Monday is my long day at work, I won’t have any energy for cleaning tomorrow, so I’ll finish the paperwork then.
I can’t tell you how truly amazing it feels to be getting back into the swing of this.
I did two 20/10s today with the goal of making a really obvious difference so I stay motivated.
After two 20/10s:
30 seconds after:
I found these (they are from November 2012):
And I need to figure out where to move all of these comics to:
…so I can replace them with my med school notes (this is about a third of them, not including text books):