Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fall Cleaning

Sunday I cleaned my room and closet. Let me back up a bit to give you perspective.

August 2006 we arrived home from Ethiopia with our infant daughter. For the first 5 months, she slept in our closet. (before you send me hate mail, our closet is the size of a small bedroom) I was exhausted emotionally and physically from the addition of a 3rd child and couldn't really hang my clothes up in the closet without waking her. And so the clutter began. I picked the chair in our bedroom as my clothes depository. Over the last couple of years depression set in. The clutter increased. The pile on my chair got higher. Our daughter moved into her own room and our bedroom-size closet became a dumping ground for more clutter. We could barely walk in it.

April 2009 I gained control of my depression, with some pharmaceutical assistance. I hated the clutter in the closet and bedroom, but sorting through it was a daunting task.

Sunday (without premeditation) I started cleaning, beginning with the chair. The top of the pile was well above the back of the chair as well as piles of clutter on either side and throughout the room. Then I moved on to the closet. I cleaned for TWELVE HOURS. Filled up several bags of clothes and other items for Goodwill.

I'm so relieved to have gotten rid of the clutter. Our bedroom is a sanctuary again. I love our closet again. Everything has a place. And God bless my husband who never said one word about the clutter.

So... you wanna see pictures of our room and closet?

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Now the only thing on the chair is the afghan my Grandmother made for herself when she was alive. (her favorite color was purple too)

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(ignore the suitcases under the bed)

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(can you spot the weapon?)

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Marshall (with his dad's help) finally hung up my slayer scythe.

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Well that concludes the tour. So tell me... How many of you thought my bedroom walls were purple? *wink*

13 comments:

  1. Nice!! I love the room and closet! And I love when I get in those unplanned cleaning modes, you feel so good afterward. Good on you! And Thank the Maker for perscription drugs!!

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  2. Well, at least you have a purple afghan, right? ;D

    Good for you! I bet it feels good.

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  3. How neat that your grandmother liked purple too. Your room is so pretty, tidy, and clean. Maybe I need a few meds.

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  4. Very nice-- but your "after" pictures made me feeel crappy and I NEED the medicinal help to sift through MY clutter. Which is kind of in every room of the house. *sigh* Couldn't you have sent a single BEFORE? lol
    Seriously, GREAT job!!!

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  5. Your room looks stunning. I have also done some serious de-cluttering this year, but need to do way more.

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  6. I love your supplemental security system. Perhaps you should just post that picture on your front door instead of the little "Brinks" or "ADT" sign. I think it would be quite effective in warding off potential intruders.

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  7. YOu should have included before pictures :-) Do you have purple walls in the house?? I cannot believe how muted the bedroom is. I suppose it helps to make your supplemental security stand out...

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  8. I think it looks great!!! I am surprised it is not purple-I really am, but I love how it looks peaceful, and restful-Great job...

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  9. It looks gorgeous! You've really inspired me to tackle my closet. I don't know if I'll actually do it, but you've inspired me nonetheless:)

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  10. Thats why i had kids...my daughter came over a couple weeks ago and cleaned my room from top to bottom...and when she left she said...mom...cant you try just a little harder....so embarassed..so i try...lol..but your room is very neat and tidy...you must feel so calm when you are in it...

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  11. Beautiful bedroom, now head on over, I have a home office waiting for the same treatment!
    Karyn

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  12. Ahhhhhhhhhh, that must feel great!!!!!! I, too, am a cluttered mess here, and would love to just hire someone to clean my house and straighten it up. Alas, it is not to be. So the clutter remains...

    Your bedroom is so pretty and relaxing.

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