With a move date coming up soon, I’ve had boxes and bubble wrap on the brain. It’s meant that during Project: Simplify, my goal hasn’t necessarily been to make our home here work long-term — it’s been to make packing and starting a new home much easier.
So I confess: Part of the reason I made hot spot 5 a free-for-all is because I wanted the excuse to work on my upcoming yard sale. Yep, my focus has been on clearing out storage, decluttering all the little bits here and there, and handling everything in our home so that if it’s not in the yard sale, it’s because we want to keep it.
See, this spring cleaning process with Project: Simplify works for anybody, no matter your specific situation.
Did you just move? You can get started on the right foot by getting rid of things you don’t need before they make dents in the carpet.
About to head out, like us? I don’t have to tell you how helpful it is to not pack up things you don’t need.
Been in your home awhile, and have no plans of leaving? Well, you know how the clutter can build when you least expect it.
Here’s my work this week, as I prepared for our yard sale.
“Mudroom” area, before:
We don’t really have a mudroom, it’s more what I call, “hooks in the wall as you enter through the back door into the kitchen.” With absolutely no storage here, we created our own storage with hooks from Ikea and a simple metal shelf that serves as Shoe Central.
If we were staying here longer term, I’d invest in a better shelving system — a bigger one, for sure. But we’re not, so I’m just waiting to see what our next place will be like.
I spring-ified the area by boxing up winter coats, scarves, and other cold weather paraphernalia. We haven’t needed those in about two months. All that’s left are what we need to head out the door right now — purse, nursing cover, diaper bag, bag-full-of-reusable-bags, swim gear, kids backpacks, picnic gear, and the gym bag.
We keep our everyday shoes here, since 90 percent of the time we grab these before anything else. We also take our shoes off when we come inside.
And you can witness just how small our place is by the pot rack above the hooks — this is definitely Catch-All Central.
And of course, I added a few items from here to the yard sale stash — a diaper bag, some shoes, and a winter jacket that fits nobody.
These weren’t too bad, I simply needed to reshelve most of them. But I did collect about 10 that I know I won’t read again and tossed them in the yard sale pile.
We keep our books out in the living room, for easy access. And because we don’t have room anywhere else.
Room for more books makes me happy. They’re one of the few things I don’t part with easily.
And if you’re curious, here’s our childrens’ book library, just on the other side of the living room.
I created simple alphabet dividers out of scrapbook paper, making it easy to reshelve in some semblance of order — as long as it’s in the general area, that works for us.
At our next place, I’ll probably create sturdier dividers out of paint stir sticks.
The rest of the yard sale stash
Overall, I mostly purged this week. We don’t have much stuff, but it’s amazing how easy it is to amass things in just one year. Since we plan to move back overseas eventually, we want to keep a tight rein on our belongings.
I had kept a few magazines when we went overseas, for some reason. I never look at these. Out they go.
And oh yes — I kept my Babysitter Club books in storage during our time abroad. I completely forgot about those. I loved them when I was 10, but yeah, they’re more or less twaddle. If you want them, come to my yard sale.
My stash from hot spot #1 is headed that direction, too. So are my maternity clothes and two action packers of kids’ clothes.
These are items prepped for the yard sale, as of 9:26 pm last night. There are two more of these boxes inside, and more are still coming.
Now it’s your turn!
You don’t have to publish as many photos, by any means. Just a simple before-and-after shot is great — as many or as few are perfect, but in order to link up, you do need at least one before and one after photo.
Share your progress by linking below. Click the blue button that says “Add your link,” and follow the instructions. Copy and paste your blog post’s URL (NOT your blog’s home page — it should look like this: http://theartofsimple.net/toys-before-and-after, not like this: http://theartofsimple.net).
If you don’t have a blog, no problem! Submit your photos to the Simple Living Flickr pool, and then come back to link to your ‘before’ photo below. Copy and paste the photo’s URL.
I will leave the link submission space open until the end of Project: Simplify — that’s this Sunday!. To be eligible for this week’s giveaway, you must submit your link before this Sunday, April 10 at noon CST.
And what is this week’s giveaway? Let me refresh your memory…
Elise Adams writes about life areas that can become enemies to our serenity — CHAOS (Clutter challenges, Home/routine chaos, Addictions, recovery and relapse prevention, Office and room organizing, and Struggles and stress) with specific tools and strategies designed to move us through these tight spots and back into calm, functioning, healthy lives.
Each week she is also on the Dr. Carol Show, addressing ‘Living in Recovery’ topics, offering the lessons she’s learned the hard way to others who may be struggling to find hope. She also speaks to conferences, schools, shelters about my own journey through addiction and dysfunction to a happy, healthy fulfilled life today.
Her greatest joy, however, is working directly, one-on-one with her clients; hearing their struggles and then offering them hope by targeting solutions directly at their specific situations, empowering them to progress toward their goals once again. She’s not in the business of perfection–just steady, hope-filled progress.
Elise is giving one Project: Simplify hot spot #5 participant a custom-designed PRESCRIPTION for PROGRESS PACKAGE. This is a designed-just-for-you, change-your-life plan focused on helping you tackle one of the following areas:
- C-clutter challenges
- H-home/routine chaos
- A-addictions, recovery and relapse prevention
- O-office or room organizing
- S-struggles and stress
In order for her to design your unique Prescription for Progress, this package includes:
- a phone, chat or in-person assessment of your specific situation,
- a written report detailing your situation, and her observations,
- a custom-designed plan, including specific step-by-step strategies to help you move toward your goals, and
- a follow-up session (again, on the phone, via online chat, or in-person) to ensure that she’s heard and addressed your specific situation.
I can’t wait to see what hot spots you’ve chosen! And whether you’ve done one hot spot or all five, you deserve a major pat on the back. Amazing work, everyone — I hope your homes are a bit saner and more relaxing after the past five weeks. Enjoy your weekend, and join me back on Monday for a fun giveaway!