Friday, March 22, 2013
31 Day Organizational Challenge Update 3
It's time for my Friday update to my 31 Day Organizational Challenge with Organizing Junkie. Mr. P and I have come a long way since the beginning of the month! Here are the before photos and you can see the updates by clicking here and here.
For those of you who don't know, we chose our furnace room to organize. And, believe me, it needed it! It was that last room in the house that needed to be cleaned out. We never got to because it was easier to just close the door and ignore it. But signing up for this challenge was just the motivation that we needed!
I case you forgot, here is a before photo.
Since this photo was taken we've made some pretty good progress. Last week the room looked like this.
However, we weren't done yet! This week we took everything off of the shelves on the left hand side of the room.
We ended up with a pile of stuff that needed to go out to the garage. Most of it was plumbing supplies and, since Mr. P owns a plumbing company, they would be better stored out there where he could find them more easily.
After that I went through all our old paint and took two bins filled with old cans to a recycling depot at our local hardware store.
I moved the paint to another spot that has more lighting and labelled all the cans so that I knew what they were used for.
I then put a few things back on the shelves. There is now a wallpaper area that holds all our leftover wallpaper and supplies to hang it. I actually donated 6 full rolls of wallpaper that we don't even have on any walls in the house any more! I forgot to get photos of the two very large boxes that Mr. P took to Goodwill on Tuesday.
The purging is now pretty much done. There are a few things to put away and I still have not put my label maker to good use. However, we will definitely be finished by the March 31st deadline!
Here is a photo of the shelves with the few items put back.
I love seeing empty shelves! It reminded me of a passage in a book that I read recently called The Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben. "An empty shelf meant possibility; space to expand; a luxurious waste of something useful for the sheer elegance of it." Okay, I certainly wouldn't call this space elegant but it does make me incredibly happy!