Sunday, January 27, 2008

I need a weekend from this weekend!

Well, folks, I'm tired. The good news? My nightstand project is over. The bad news? I started more cleaning-out projects that were pretty exhausting. And, I wish I could say I'm curling up to relax in a completely organized apartment, but that is SO not the case. As I write this, I'm looking around my lividining room to a bunch of Rubbermaid bins and miscellaneous stuff that is either slated to go to Goodwill or needs to be put somewhere.

I was blessed with many closets in this place (4, actually--deep living room closet, coat closet, linen closet, and clothes closet). The problem is that now that I've been here over 2 years, stuff is starting to pile up inside those closets. Not that I haven't cleaned out before, but things just tend to come into your life. Admitting you have a problem is the first step:


Okay, I don't have an alcohol problem (though, it is taking up valuable space!). I have a box problem:


This is a stack of boxes I finally disposed of. I don't know why, but I tend to let them pile up. A key problem is that my living room closet is kind of an open cave, so I just throw things like boxes in there to get them out of the way. 

P1270079I plan to put up some shelves to enhance my storage capabilities. I'd like to move the things I have teetering on top of my coat closet--like files, supplies, and board games--into this closet. That should help me avoid the box problem (though, it pains me to admit, I STILL have the box to my printer, computer, and stereo).

I took a big trash bag full of blankets and towels and two packages of tennis balls for the doggies to play with to the DC Animal Shelter. I haven't touched the tennis balls in 2 years, and I probably won't be playing tennis any time soon. (Hence, also why the racket is now in my Goodwill pile).

In the midst of this sorting, the wire organizer I had inside my coat closet collapsed, sending an avalanche of stuff hurtling out of the closet. And, I wasn't even dealing with that closet today!

So, things are a bit chaotic now. I doubt I'll make any more progress tonight. But, after next weekend, I'm hoping there will at least be a sense of order about it.

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