The Never Seen Before Picture of the Living Room

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This is one of the After Pics. It’s taken a year to get it like this.

It’s taken me a year to get the living room to the point where I’m not embarrassed to let anyone in. Even though I’ve gotten rid of over 1,300 things, there’s still way too much stuff in here. Early in the decluttering process, I was wondering how other people could have things but not have a disaster like I did. I realized that I didn’t have any storage closets or any place to put things. If I was ever going to change things, I would need to get rid of as much as possible and then find a place to keep the things I wanted.

After thinking about it for awhile, I decided to add shelves along the back wall of my living room with the additional plan of putting up a wall to hide it all.  I was going to make it like a pantry so I could keep mostly kitchen things and random living room things in there.  It hasn’t quite turned out the way I wanted.  There’s no wall up yet so you see all these shelves when you first come in the house.  Not exactly a clutter free look.  So, I’m thinking of putting up a curtain or something before Christmas, just to block the view of it.  Here’s the pic with all the shelves on the other side of the room.

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This is the other After Pic with all the shelves.  They hold a lot!

When I sit here and look at those shelves, I’m sure that I can get rid of more things.  There’s still so much decluttering left.  Now that I’ve put most things in the rooms they belong, I feel like it will be easier to let some of it go.  The real trick is to not slow down now.  If I slack at all at this point, I feel like the clutter could easily take over again.  There’s not enough storage for everything and a few new things would be enough to tip it in clutter’s favor.

I’ve posted pics of small areas of some of the piles of clutter but I’ve never posted a pic of the whole living room before in it’s hoarder state.  It’s extremely embarrassing and I probably shouldn’t post it but I want anyone who is feeling hopeless to know that it can be cleaned up.  I can’t lie and say it’s easy or fun because it’s not.  It’s really hard which is why it takes so long.  Letting go of good and bad memory reminders is emotionally draining.  Some days it’s physically hard moving things around.  And it’s always time consuming figuring out the best ways to get rid of things.

The Before Picture of the Living Room

Well, here it is.  Ready to see it?  I’m not! And yes, it’s small on purpose.  Nobody needs to see a great big pic of this mess!
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On the right of the chair in the middle of the room, there was a small path that we used to get through.  That’s the only place in the pic that you can see the old ugly carpeting that was in the room.  I love my new floors.  It’s made such a difference.

I also painted two of the walls yellow which really brightened up the room.  You can’t see it in the before pic, but where there’s some light curtains on the double windows, there were some really dark curtains hanging up.  It’s much brighter and happier in the room now.  I love being in here and I don’t always have that feeling of wanting to be somewhere else.

I Shouldn’t Have Touched the Front Porch

I knew I shouldn’t have tried to work on the front porch tonight.  My plan of working on it Saturday night hadn’t worked out so I should have left it for next weekend.  Instead, I decided to go ahead and start on it.  I only got a little bit done and now my entire living room is full of porch clutter.

Here’s what the porch looks like now.  The first picture is after I moved everything into my living room.  The second picture is the before pic.  It’s hard to tell that it’s the same corner but you can tell that it is if you look at the red bridle bag hanging by the window.  And yes, those saddles were under all that stuff.  You can see the horn on the western saddle sticking out a little bit. The porch is stacked almost 4 feet high with everything under the sun like that sledding tube, a hose, a cereal holder and lots more.

I think these are some of the most embarrassing pictures that I’ve posted so far. You can really see the hoarding in these pictures.  It’s just piles of STUFF.  Why is there never any organization?  It’s going to take a few more months before this porch really gets cleared out but the more that I get rid of, the easier it gets.

Here’s a few pics of the other corner on that side of the front porch.  You can see the glider chair now!!  There’s still a lot of things on it but at least you can see it.  Before it was completely buried.  If there were shelves or a cabinet or something like that in there, things could finally get organized.

The stuff on the chair is all ready to be gotten rid of. I just can’t get myself to take it to St. Vinny’s or Goodwill.  There’s a lot of brand new stuff in there.  Selling it is a huge hassle too so I think I want to go with the free table method of giving it away.  Unfortunately, it’ll have to wait until the weekend.  It will just have to stay piled up until then.

This is only one side of the front porch and there’s still a lot of stuff that I haven’t cleaned up yet.  The other side is stacked at least 3 or 4 feet high too.  I’ll do a little bit everyday.  I can’t wait to see the end result.  I’m hoping to make some nice improvements by Sunday.

Update:  It’s been a few months and the front porch is still a disaster.  I still haven’t found a way to organize anything and it’s still the catch all place for everything that comes in or out of the house.

After Pics of the Entry Way.. It’s done!

It’s finally done!  (for the most part anyways!)  I love it.  I think it looks great.  I thought it was going to be a little bit too dark but now that I’ve hung a few coats on it, I actually like the dark color because the coats kind of blend in and you don’t see them as much.

The shoe cubbies are much bigger.  We  haven’t put any shoes in there yet because I like looking at the wood but we’ll probably start putting them in there tonight.  Since they’re so big, I’m a little worried that you’re going to be able to see everything in the cubbies and I hope it doesn’t look too messy!

The area where the bench should have been ended up not being a bench.  I’m not really sure why not.  I’m not sure if it was a miscommunication or a miscalculation but it’s okay.  I put backpacks in there and it works kind of nice for that.  Backpacks and boots are the two things that needed a place in this room so I feel like one problem is solved now!

I put a basket up on top of the shoe cubbies to hold all the hats and gloves.  It’s a wicker basket and I think it looks great.  It would have been nice if it had been about an inch or two longer but it fits okay.  Also, on the side of the shoe cubbies, I think I’m going to add a smaller hook or two for purses.  Then they won’t be behind all the coats when you’re looking for them.  I might add one final thing to the coat rack part but I want it to be just right.  If I find what I’m looking for, I’ll let you know!

Here’s the pics!!  I hope you like it!

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Yay! It’s finally done!

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Here’s a close up of the wicker basket.  It could have been just a little bigger.

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We staggered the hooks a little bit so it’s easier to hang things on the two rows.

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This was supposed to be a bench but it ended up being something else.  It works for backpacks for now but might get changed in the future. 

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I put the before pics in this other post but in case you didn’t see them, here’s one so you can compare.

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