Someone Else’s Storage Room

I was feeling a little guilty for stuffing a bunch of stuff into a room that I’m calling the new storage room.  The old storage room was too nice to be a storage room.  But really, neither one of them should have to be a storage room!!  All that aside, the guilt was building as I put more and more stuff into that room. There’s a big window in there that lets in tons of light but the pile is now all the way up to window and if it goes any higher, it will start to block it. My house needs all the light it can get.

I was at a friend’s house today and there was a door open that usually isn’t open and lo and behold… an office/sewing room turned STORAGE ROOM!!!  So I’m not the only one!  Yay!

I have another friend with a beautiful house who also talked about a room where they just shoved everything. She had to clean hers out so she could actually use it as a bedroom but she had one too!!  So maybe it’s not such an uncommon thing to have a room like this. Mine might be a little extremely full but in a few months, I will start going through the stuff again and getting rid of more of it.

You might ask.. Why don’t you start now?  If I have time, I might. But the living room is starting to fill up again and I want to keep that from happening so I’m going to spend any free time working on organization in there. Everything needs to have a home. We also need to get a set routine in place so the room is getting cleaned every week. If it’s done every week, it won’t be a huge deal and we’ll only have to spend an hour or so in there, not 6 weeks for one room!!

Do you have a storage room?  Is it really all that uncommon like I thought it was?  Or do most people have one?

storage room full of clutter

Decluttering the Storage Room

I spent the weekend working on decluttering the “storage room” in my house.  It’s not really a storage room, that’s just what we call it because when a holiday comes along, we shove all of the clutter in there.  It’s actually the biggest bedroom upstairs and I want to kick myself every time I think about this cluttered room.  Organized storage would be much better.

My 6’1″ son is sleeping in a twin size bed right now.  It’s too small for him but the room he’s in is too small for a bigger bed.  If I could get the “storage room” cleaned out, I could move him into that room and then get him a bigger bed.  I can’t get through it all fast enough.  I’m struggling.  I could only get through so much before I had to give it up for the weekend.  I was doing too much standing there and not enough getting rid of.

I have 4 big buckets of stuff ready to get rid of (I made a little progress).  I’m kind of waiting until I have a few more because it gives me that sense of accomplishment when I see it all together as one big pile.  I also like the feeling of seeing no room to walk around and then when it’s gone, empty space.  That’s a great feeling too!

We might have some friends coming over on Saturday night.  I’m a little worried about it and I still might have to cancel.  The kids are looking forward to it so they’ve been helping all weekend but it might not be enough.  I will be really sad if I have to cancel this because we have too much of a mess here.  It’s a pretty common thing to happen here though.  There’s a lot of times that we can’t have people over.  It’s one of the biggest reasons that I want this house cleaned out.