For those of you following along my decrapification adventure, you’ll notice I haven’t written about it since it began. I did great for a week, then stopped. So here’s the first update anyway.
Laundry Room and Hall Linen Closet
This time, I discovered that my crap tolerance level has gone down, my clutter-frustration has gone up, and it’s in direct relation to the frequency of which I de-crapify my house. It hit me like a lightning bolt as I was working.
I remember the first time I went through this linen closet. It was unbelievable. I ended up donating 11 SETS OF SHEETS after that first purge in 2007. We don’t even OWN that many sets of sheets any more. I don’t have six bags of trash to throw away, or two huge moving boxes of stuff to donate this time. De-crapifying every six months or so has definitely been the best thing to help me stay on top of what we own.
I know that Dana White says in her ebook (affiliate) Drowning in Clutter? Don’t Grab a Floatie, Drain the Ocean! not to begin with an area that no one can see, but I just had to. The laundry room is a room that I see, every single day. It is the room we go to when we need cleaning supplies, vinegar (yes I keep a gallon of vinegar in the laundry room), dog shampoo, vacuum cleaner bags, carpet cleaner, and other things. And I pass by it every time I enter or leave my bedroom.
Dana also recommends putting items where you would look for them first, rather than where it would make sense to keep them. When we need vinegar for something, the laundry room IS where we look for it first. I gave up trying to keep it on the floor of the pantry in the kitchen, after I forgot it was there and bought a 2-gallon pack at Costco and ended up with 3 gallons of vinegar. (WHO needs 3 gallons of vinegar?!) So we keep it in the laundry room.
It went fairly quick! I had the boys empty the room, and then I vacuumed out the dust, wiped everything down, and did a hand-wipedown of the floor. (It’s too small to bother with the bucket and mop.) Then I put everything back up on the shelves. I tossed the empty laundry detergent bottles and general trash that was there, and wiped down the appliances. The whole thing took about 45 minutes. It looks SO much better now! And yes, this is the WHOLE laundry room. Or closet.
The Linen Closet is that, and so much more. It’s huge, so this is where we keep all sorts of things like board games, my food scale, box of mailing supplies (bubble envelopes, mailing labels, package tape, etc.) along with sheets and blankets. Several years ago I bought plastic baskets to keep everything in, which does help. After emptying, the closet looked like this:
I went through the contents, threw away a BUNCH of stuff, sorted a pile to donate, and then put it back, organized.
I know there isn’t a dramatic appearance between the before and after, but the amount of junk I was able to clear out of there was amazing. Also, look up there about the word “after” and you’ll see EMPTY SHELF SPACE. The top basket is also empty. That’s over 3 feet of NOTHING up there. I love it! I set aside one sheet set to donate this time. Just one. And one huge comforter with pillow shams.
Now everything is returned to it’s natural place, and all is right in the world.
In case you’re wondering, the plastic bins came from WalMart. They help me keep everything contained, and therefore prevent my head from exploding. Nony, er, Dana said that this is important. (Head explosion prevention.) There is plenty of empty space on those closet shelves now, too, for things that may need to be kept there. Or not.
Here are the results of the first purge:
Some of the donations and JBF Sale things are actually from the second purge—in the basement, my bedroom, and walk in closet. Updates on those coming shortly!
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