Monday, May 4, 2009

Springing into Spring!! Day 1 of Spring Cleaning Party ...

Oh yeah! Decluttering ... I love this task. And we have lots of clutter to de... With only three of us one would imagine that it is pretty easy to keep things tidy and clean. Ummm, no ... must be our personality types that work against us. :) Scott is a pack rat ... he keeps everything. Casiday is a hoarder ... she keeps everything. I am a perfectionist ... I let it all pile up until it's overwhelming and then kill myself to get it all put back in order. None of these personality types are useful in daily household tidying.

Today's specific task was to clear off areas and put things in their proper place or into a give/sell or trash box. We just had a huge yard sale at our church this past weekend so everything to be sold or given is already gone - one major part of this task is already complete! Yea me!! But, we seem to have a paper bunny in our house that multiplies every piece of paper exponentially. So, I'm sure the trash bags will be plentiful.

I took my before pictures in every room but Casiday's ... it's just too much! That will have to be a project unto itself. I think she's going to spend the next 10 days having her own spring cleaning party in there. If I get up the courage to let the whole blogosphere (or the three people who read my blog anyway) see how incredibly messy her room is most of the time, I will take pictures and post them. But, to be honest, that is highly unlikely!!

Right now, the main "clutter" in my house is the laundry. We were gone all weekend and so it has really piled up. So, as I declutter today, I'm going to try to tackle the laundry too. Would be nice to have that task accomplished by time to pick up the girl at 2:30 this afternoon ... we'll see.

So, here are the before pictures ...


Okay ... so I managed to get it all done within the two-hour time frame ... at least the decluttering part. LOL Laundry is the project for the remainder of the day but that is a normal Monday task.

Here are the after pictures ...


As for the question asked on Simple Mom about today's task ... well, I think I am more sentimentally attached to some things than I realized. But I am getting better about letting things go. I even put cookbooks (gasp!) in the yard sale pile last week when we were cleaning out stuff. I am very good at getting rid of Scott's and Casiday's stuff, does that count? LOL

So, I enjoyed Day 1 of the party! I had to focus on doing the task at hand and not get distracted by the other things I "should go ahead and do while I'm here" ... so I didn't dust the areas I decluttered ... because I know that I'll be CLEANING those rooms soon. But it is nice to walk through the house and it's all neat and tidy (except Casiday's room but I just closed the door!! Is that cheating?). I am looking forward to hearing everyone else's stories and seeing pictures - I think that is my favorite part of this ... finding out that everyone has the same battle with "stuff" and "piles" that I have. Makes me feel much less like a failure and much more "normal."

Party on everyone!!

Okay ... so Beth challenged me to put up the pics of Casiday's room ... I guess before pictures will make the after pictures even more impressive. I confess that I am utterly ashamed that any room in my house looks like this but even more embarrassed at the sheer quantity of STUFF my child has. Please don't judge me!! :) Keep in mind that she "cleaned" her room on Friday ... and did a pretty good job so this is the work of two days most of which we were not at home. I would like to think this is a phase she will outgrow but I am not betting on it. As I said before, she is a hoarder so I think clutter and mess are going to be in her life for the long haul. :) (But only in my house for another 10 years or so!! LOL) She's a wonderful, funny, beautiful little person and I adore my daughter ... but this makes me crazy! Can I get a witness? LOL Well, enough stalling, I'm adding the pictures and removing all question of my supposed perfection as a housekeeper. Enjoy!!

12 comments:

Pattie said...

Looks totally do-able to me :)

TeriLynneU said...

Thanks, Pattie! I am feeling very accomplished today ... but I still have laundry ... the bane of mothers everywhere!! LOL

bustermama said...

so i'll get pictures of jeffie jean and daniel's room up if you do casiday's!

bustermama said...

seriously?! i know scott loves christmas, so you keep a tree up all year? i so have to make sure heath does NOT see that picture! i'll never get the tree out of the house!

Buffie said...

Great job. It's amazing what a difference a simple decluttering can make.

TeriLynneU said...

Beth, you are the second person who has noticed that ... yes! We have a Christmas room year round. Scott's study is Christmas decor. He has so many really cool Rankin/Bass (rudolph, etc) collectibles that I hate to put them up ... so we made him a room! I am having shelves built above the windows for a better display. I also have some amazing vintage sheet music (White Christmas, etc) that I need to have matted and framed for in there. It is a cool room.

As for pics of Casiday's room ... okay. I'll put them up but I promise her room is worse than your kids' rooms COMBINED!! And, when I put up the pics, realize that she "cleaned" her room on Friday ... so this is her idea of clean. Ugh ... you'll understand my battle!!

bustermama said...

i feel so much better about my kids and their rooms! malc can get his room clean, but the other two; it's just bad. i'll scrounge around and get a picture or two up.

Kristin Reinhard said...

Great job! It feels so great to get the clutter out!

nikkit3 said...

girl, you did good:)

TeriLynneU said...

Thanks, Nikki! I even have my last load of laundry in the washer now. Actually, it's ready to go in the dryer. So, I'm feeling incredibly proud of myself!

Of course, I have no idea what tomorrow's "job" will be ... probably something that is absolutely overwhelming to me and I'll be completely freaked out!! Oh well, for now, I'm relishing today's success!

Christina J Clark said...

It's looking really good so far. And I just want you to know, my bedroom used to look exactly like that (except not so pink) and now that I'm a grownup I'm here doing the spring cleaning party. :-)
I was going to ask about the Christmas tree until i read the rest of the comments. :-) That's really cool that you and your sister are working on it together. Sounds fun!

TeriLynneU said...

Christina, bless you for your encouraging words!! I have hope that my precious little messy one will someday be less messy. :-)