One of my very good friends recently moved, and a few weeks ago I got to check out her new house. Less than a minute after I walked through her front door I felt the green eyed monster creeping up. Yes, I felt jealous. Her new house is absolutely amazing!
As I walked around her house, I thought back to what my house looked like when we first moved in. It was open and airy, and not filled with clutter. It was at that moment when I realized why I thought her house was so nice – it was clean. While I would give my left arm (ok, well, maybe a toe) for her kitchen, her house really isn't that much more amazing than mine. It's about the same size, has the same amount of rooms, and has a similar floor plan. It just has a few features that mine doesn't have at the moment – floors without toys strewn all over them, furniture that doesn't have crap from two Christmases ago piled on it, and a guest bedroom that people can actually sleep in.
I decided right then and there that it was time to make MY house a nice house again. Forget spring cleaning…we're going to be doing a spring overhaul! I've been saying this for a while, but after feeling the way I felt when I visited my friend's new home, I know that I have to take the necessary steps to turn my house back into the amazing house it once was.
See that? That is what you see when you walk through my front door. Years ago, that room was the nicest room in the house, and today it looks like a Toys R Us threw up in it. That particular picture was taken after Brian spent a whole day cleaning it up, too. It usually looks way worse. We have a HUGE game room upstairs that all that stuff could easily fit in, but that room has a pool table in the middle of it, with piles and piles of crap on it, and a bunch of baby toys under it. All of that needs to go…now! Especially the pool table. Want to buy it from me?
My desk and a futon are also in that game room, and they need to come downstairs to the room that Bryce is in now. But we can't move him upstairs yet. Why? Because of this…
That WAS our guest room. And should be Bryce's room by now. It started getting filled up with tubs and tubs of the kids' old clothes that I haven't had time to get rid of, and once we took the furniture out and gave it to my mom, it became a dumping ground for everything else. Now I don't even put the clothes in tubs anymore. If I need a hanger in Rylie's closet, I just find something she hasn't worn in a while and toss it in that room. Who needs baby clothes?
And speaking of Rylie, that poor kid needs a big girl room, and not one that looks like a baby lives in it. I won a bedding set a while ago, so now we just need to convert her bed into a full size bed, paint the walls, and get rid of all of the cutesy baby decorations in there.
Those are the major projects that need to be done in my house, but for me, the clutter is the main issue. It has to go. Now. The walls are closing in and I am starting to feel claustrophobic. Six years ago everything in my house had it's place, and now, it has just all taken over.
I need to have a gigantic yard sale to get rid of all of the baby clothes and toys. I need to do something with the huge stack of DVDs that we no longer watch and CDs we no longer listen to. I may try recycling with musicMagpie so I can at least get some cash for those, too. I also need to just throw out all of those I-might-need-this-some-day items, too. I haven't needed them in the past five years, so I doubt I ever will. And all of those toys the kids never play with? They need to give those up!
Once the clutter is gone, I think I might just love my house again.
What about you? Do you have any spring cleaning goals?
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