After Heap of Change Challenge Week 1It was foggy today and the natural light is very soft. Below are two pictures of finished room, arranged for contents and convenience.
I am joining Donna of Funky Junk Interiors Heap of Change challenge, hopefully, each Thursday in January. This week (started Friday 9th) I worked on the same room each day for several hours over several days. Sorted and decided what to do about all the full boxes and piles of stuff I removed. Found homes for things, donated or discarded. Washed one wall. Removed dust webs.Steam cleaned the floor. Painted a bit too.
Below is my before - more work than I had wanted to tackle, so much of the 'stuff' wasn't mine. It was from my Dad's condo and I stacked it in this room so I could do the sorting. It sat like this for weeks, including over Christmas.
Donna's suggestion for decluttering was turf everything out of the room then deal with each piece by putting in its place, donating, recycling, or throwing out.
Before I moved anything out of the room I went through the boxes and totes and piles of stuff that were from still left unsorted from my Dad's condo when I moved him in early December. Additional sorting made sense, bag up for various sibs and for Dad's new home. Things for sibs, dad and donate were put in my trunk (and delivered). Then I moved 3 bookshelves out, boxed everything that was not put away and moved that out too.
Donna wrote about how her decluttering was going on the 13th. I liked her idea of taking everything possible out of the room, putting anything that had a 'place to go' in or near its place. She wrote about what happens when you do that - not as easy as it sounds in writing.
Piles of stuff and several boxes were moved to the kitchen for sorting, finding new storage areas or discarding. Most of this stuff was mine, except ...(if it has nowhere to else to land) you know where it ends up.
Went back to the room I am working on. Cleaned 3 drawers, did some 'donating' and a lot of folding. I did have them organized previously and it didn't take long to get that organization back in place.
Took breaks, wash/dried/folded loads of laundry, read posts, went back to work. Tops of the dressers were cleared, things put in containers and in some cases, discarded. Dusting. waxing.
After removing three sets of shelves to clear space there was some useful discussion with a suggestions to paint and upgrade one shelving unit. I painted and upgraded one shelf here. Other shelves moved to new places in the house (and were filled in no time).
Back to the sorting of stuff
Decided to keep several baskets of things I need frequently, software, some office supplies, paper, cameras/supplies, misc small things, small treasures, on the newly painted shelf. Some books went back on the shelves. Small lace and doily decorated pillow a gift from Judy@20 North Ora.
I donated 2 bags of clothing and 2 bags of books to my favourite thrift store. Other removal included 1 bag of paper for recycling, 1 bag to the garbage, 3 bags to family, 1 bag to storage and 2 shelves. Still piles of paper that need to be sorted into file folders but the pile is about 70% less than when I started sorting.
Finally a decision made - all photo/light box accessories now have their own space.
This is the 2nd shelf I painted later in the week, added a hook to one end, hung accessories (their new homes). Added 'dresser scarves' to the front of the shelf.
More white, less volume of STUFF, more visual space. More work than I had planned to do. Thanks Donna for the inspiration.
Room Before and After
(decreasing clutter, increasing calm and peace).
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