Time to check on the island! I decided that I would give myself a deadline and take a picture at 10:00AM today.
Just for fun, I took a picture last night at 10:00PM. Here it is:
And here’s today’s “official” picture:
On a happier note, I’m celebrating 6 months of blogging, and what I really want to say, is…
Thank you for reading!
Thank you for stopping by.
Thank you for commenting!
Thank you for your encouragement, your advice, your comradery.
Thank you for putting up with me!
I am blessed by you!
I have learned so much in these last 6 months of blogging, and you, dear readers, are a big part of what keeps me going!
Thank you for sharing a piece of your life with me. It means a lot.
What would you like to see in the next 6 months? Is there an area/topic you would love to see me tackle? I would be happy to hear if you have ideas or requests for future blog posts.
And if you want me to just keep trucking along doing my thing, that’s good too!
I do love my kitchen island.
And I love to put stuff there.
Lots of it.
Everyone does. If you came over, I bet you would put something there.
It’s a big clutter hot spot for me. It’s a nice big flat space and it’s just out of the reach of our 1-year-old. It’s a great work space. It’s just begging you to put something there.
The problem is that too many somethings are put there and not cleaned up and put in their proper place, and then other somethings get put on top of those, and so on and so forth…
The status of my island makes a big difference in how my home looks and feels. My post Island Watch 2011 gives a pretty good summary of how bad the island gets – with pictures of piles of clutter.
I am going to post a picture of my island every week for the next four weeks (I think every Wednesday) to help me keep it under control. It looks like it might work, because I stayed up last night and cleared it off.
So here’s a picture of the kitchen island today:
- The kids and I picked up the kitchen and living room, we swept the living room, and the kids picked up the basement/play room/family room themselves. Yay!
- I still need to clean out the fridge and finish the kids’ clothes project.
- I still need to go through those “hiding” baskets and boxes of clutter. My goal is to get through one basket by Monday.
What is your worst clutter hot spot right now?
Well, I have a cleared island, and a mostly decluttered kitchen and living room, but I’m not that happy about it.
Can you guess why?
A bunch of the clutter was just moved to a different location.
What is it about guests coming over that changes the way I see? I suppose I see the clutter through their prospective eyes.
We had friends over for dinner on Tuesday (Yay!). So, I started thinking about cleaning up over the weekend.
I got a bit more serious and actually worked on it on Monday with the kids. It seemed like we accomplished quite a bit.
We cleaned the kitchen floor!
We decluttered and organized the children’s books in the living room!
We moved some of these books to another room, put some in a give away box, and put the rest in one red box that we keep in the living room (you can see it by the fireplace in a picture at the end of the post).
We cleaned out and organized the shoes, etc. that were pouring out of the coat closet!
We took most of them to the bedroom closets upstairs, and one pair is heading out the door. We are trying to just keep 1 or 2 pairs each in this closet.
Monday night I even made a ‘To Do’ list for Tuesday.
On Tuesday, I spent the day working on decluttering and cleaning (and of course making dinner), but it seemed to be going very s-l-o-w-l-y. At about 3:00, I realized that there was clutter everywhere. I was seeing clutter and dust that I hadn’t noticed in….months. It was worse than I thought.
Around 4:30 I started doing bad things with clutter. You know. The crazy desperate clean up. Throw everything into a container and hide it somewhere!
Trash, papers, toys, food….all together in laundry baskets in my husband’s office . Oh joy!
And check out this before picture of our fireplace.
A lot of this is evil paper clutter that I thought surely I would sort through and organize if I put it right there in the living room!!! Nope. Apparently not.
This next picture shows the recycling that went straight from that pile out the door!
And now for the “After” picture. The “After-hiding-a-bunch-of-the-clutter-in-another-room” picture. Let’s try to get excited…
I know from my past that I really need to dig into those laundry baskets and boxes soon and not just ignore them. At the same time, I need to maintain the order that I have. I’m not expecting it to be easy, but I am going to fight for it!
By the way, we had lots of fun with our guests!
Do you know what else is fun?
I told them about my blog.
I’m linking up with OrgJunkie’s 52 Weeks of Organizing.