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Archive for March 26th, 2009

Before: The Bookcase of Doom

Before: The Bookcase of Doom

 

More images from the Bookcase of Doom

Another Image from the Bookcase of Doom

In Process

In Process

 

 

After (for now)

After (for now)

 

close up of "After"

close up of "After"

Our living room bookcase was a total disaster (you may recognize it – we got it at a popular Swedish home store). It went from being a nice adult showcase of our offbeat taste in music, art and literature to a combination of toy repository -slash- dumping ground for anything we don’t want Buddy to touch. So the other day I committed to cleaning up the bookcase as well as doing a major toy purge in our living room.  Buddy has SO many toys and he only plays with a fraction of them. Cleaning up is a major chore and we often left the room a mess for days. Since we live in a TINY house (more on that in future posts) and the living room is our, well, living room as well as our play room, art room and often our dining room.

The result of all this purging is that my office is basically a receptacle for junk at the moment, but it is worth it because the living room is so much easier to keep neat now and Buddy really seems to like it. The bookshelf is still a work in progress – SG has plans for a better stereo set up which will hopefully take care of all the ugly wires that you see, and I have plans for more clear containers for craft supplies and so forth. I have also tried to apply the Organized Homemaker’s tips on grouping – now all of Buddy’s books are in the same place, as is our liquor and wine (so everyone is happy).

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I haven’t had any time to sit down to write about my next steps in following the program in Confessions of an Organized Homemaker but I have been busy continuing to declutter and to apply her next “Basic Organizing Principle”: GROUP. 

A few excerpts:

Whenever practical, group and store like items together…The main purpose of grouping is to give everything in your home a well-defined place. If you have a family, this is paramount! Without well-defined, specific places for everything, your family will only have a vague idea of where things belong. They will put things back haphazardly, and you’ll have to look for them when you need them…Have you noticed what a mess people can make when thy’re looking for something? Giving things a well-defined place makes it possible to find things before they are in disarray.

This is SUCH a huge problem for us. SG is the KING of picking things up and using them and then just putting them down again wherever when he is done. And I do it too (although not as much). He is constantly asking me where stuff is (it drives me nuts) and we are both constantly pawing through piles of clothing and boxes of toys and so forth, looking for things. 

So in addition to decluttering, I am going to try to think about grouping and keeping the idea of “well-defined, well-confined” in mind for the next week.

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