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NFPMommy6709 08-17-2012 12:57 PM

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Hi ladies :) I think having a thread where I show progress in my home will help a lot with me staying motivated to get things minimized. I'm going to go one room at a time and post before and after pictures.

First up is our master bedroom. It's pretty messy, and I even pushed some things under the bed. :hides: No one faint. ;)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...94daad35ef.jpg

After:
Attachment 118498


Before:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...a084b60980.jpg

Diaper/vanity area before:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...8e0059fa64.jpg

After: :)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...ae3384c352.jpg


SO MUCH LAUNDRY! :( The clothing piled on top of the chest next to the pack and play are actually clothes to be folded.

And then there is our closet. :blush:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...fda7e7fdfc.jpg


Here we go....


And if y'all have any suggestions along the way, feel free to share. :)

Fashionably Green Baby 08-17-2012 01:04 PM

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It seems like clothing is your biggest issue in that room so I would start with that. Purge anything that is worn out or that you don't LOVE. Then see what is left. If you need to purge more go from there.

NFPMommy6709 08-17-2012 01:11 PM

Clothing is my biggest issue, definitely. I just have trouble getting all of the laundry done o that I CAN purge it! I have been so tempted to just toss it all rather than washing and sorting what can be donated.

Fashionably Green Baby 08-17-2012 01:19 PM

Re: Alright...I need a progress thread
 
Are you WOHM or SAHM? If sahm I actually think having less is so helpful. It insures you can't get too behind in laundry and is thus less overwhelming. I do laundry on tuesdays, thursdays, and sundays. I just make sure to stick to my laundry schedule!

Fashionably Green Baby 08-17-2012 01:19 PM

Re: Alright...I need a progress thread
 
Are you WOHM or SAHM? If sahm I actually think having less is so helpful. It insures you can't get too behind in laundry and is thus less overwhelming. I do laundry on tuesdays, thursdays, and sundays. I just make sure to stick to my laundry schedule!

NFPMommy6709 08-17-2012 01:24 PM

I am a SAHM. :) I can't wait to get all of that laundry done and start clearing things out. I want to get things organized before I start packing. We are moving in late October.

MDever 08-17-2012 01:38 PM

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Do you have your own laundry? You need to sort ALL of the dirty and start washing. Set a timer or a buzzer and stay on top of it as soon as a cycle ends start another. You really have to fold it or place it on hangers as soon as it comes out of the dryer. Like stand there and do it if possible. I agree that you really need to purge the clothes and have a serious come to jesus with that closet:chuckle: Get some big black garbage bags and start tossing it in. BE RUTHLESS!! Also, you may want to consider passing on the furniture items with a soild surface that you are not using for their intended purpose. No hiney is getting changed on that changing table it is only collecting "stuff". Might be time to pass it on. CraigsList, Freecycle, local church. Make a commitment to yourself that all of the laundry is put away by the end of each day. It is not nearly as overwhelming if you stay on top of it. I also try not to keep items I have decided to donate sitting around too long. While you are getting the house under control in preparation for your move you should plan on a set day that you take donations to your place of choice. I even sometimes take them right to the car.

NFPMommy6709 08-17-2012 02:08 PM

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Originally Posted by MDever
Do you have your own laundry? You need to sort ALL of the dirty and start washing. Set a timer or a buzzer and stay on top of it as soon as a cycle ends start another. You really have to fold it or place it on hangers as soon as it comes out of the dryer. Like stand there and do it if possible. I agree that you really need to purge the clothes and have a serious come to jesus with that closet:chuckle: Get some big black garbage bags and start tossing it in. BE RUTHLESS!! Also, you may want to consider passing on the furniture items with a soild surface that you are not using for their intended purpose. No hiney is getting changed on that changing table it is only collecting "stuff". Might be time to pass it on. CraigsList, Freecycle, local church. Make a commitment to yourself that all of the laundry is put away by the end of each day. It is not nearly as overwhelming if you stay on top of it. I also try not to keep items I have decided to donate sitting around too long. While you are getting the house under control in preparation for your move you should plan on a set day that you take donations to your place of choice. I even sometimes take them right to the car.

Hahaha well honeys do get changed on it when it's kept clear! The shelves beneath also hold all of the kids diapers.

Should I sort first so that I'm not washing clothes that will just be tossed, anyway?

elizabeth.scalf 08-17-2012 02:34 PM

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If washing it really is a hang-up, then I wouldn't worry about washing it unless it's stinky or visibly stained. If it's going to get donated, they clean it up anyway, and if it's getting tossed, well, toss it.

Seems like you have a few weeks' worth of clothing sitting around your room, which means what's actually in your closet hasn't been worn in a while. Means it probably isn't necessary, loved, or your go-to items. Clean out the closet first, then sort through each pile and put away keepers in the closet, and everything else doens't even make it into the closet. Stop when the closet is full.

NFPMommy6709 08-17-2012 03:17 PM

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Originally Posted by elizabeth.scalf
If washing it really is a hang-up, then I wouldn't worry about washing it unless it's stinky or visibly stained. If it's going to get donated, they clean it up anyway, and if it's getting tossed, well, toss it.

Seems like you have a few weeks' worth of clothing sitting around your room, which means what's actually in your closet hasn't been worn in a while. Means it probably isn't necessary, loved, or your go-to items. Clean out the closet first, then sort through each pile and put away keepers in the closet, and everything else doens't even make it into the closet. Stop when the closet is full.

I don't store away out of season clothing, so the clothes in our closet are special occasion clothes (I have two semi-formal dresses, my wedding dress, and DHs suits) and winter clothing. DH uses the clothes hanging frequently, but he has a TON of dress shirts. The ones in the closet are the ones he wears on weekends, which is why they are clean. The stuff we don't use doesn't get washes. =\

I am adding a pic of the diaper changing and vanity area to the original post. :) I cleaned that up today.


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