Monday, January 6, 2014

2014 New Year's Resolution: Organize, Organize, Organize

2014 Woohoo!  A new year.   A fresh start.  Time for the annual resolution.  If you're anything like me your resolutions don't exactly stick.  Over the years my resolutions have gone from grand to absolute minimum.  It got to the point where I was promising myself to at least remember to rub cream on my heels everyday and I couldn't even keep up with that.  I have high hopes for this year's resolution though because, quite frankly, I can't take the mess anymore.  It didn't help matters when my brother came for a visit and  looked at some of the rooms and simply said, "Wow Tiff, you've got a lot of crap".  Noted.  I think when you live with something so long you start to get used to it in some weird way.  Having a fresh pair of eyes brought it back into the forefront.  Yep, we've got a lot of crap.  There is some stuff that hasn't even been unpacked yet among the stuff that we really don't want anymore and just need to get rid of.  Some of the rooms look like something you'd see on an episode of hoarders, minus the feces and dead animals.  I'm getting on a tangent here, but what is up with those people?  They must have completely lost their olfactory sense, right?  My husband watches that show sometimes and I get completely sucked in.  So irritating.  Anyway, here's my own personal episode of hoarders for your viewing pleasure.  I know I usually only show you my finished rooms, but this is reality people.  Please don't judge me too harshly.

 Sun porch.  A total mess.  I want to do a big built in bookcase in here and make this a nice reading room.  First step, get rid of all the crap.  Problem is most of this doesn't have a home yet.  It's either going to be sold or put in rooms that aren't finished yet.  And look at the windows.  I have to paint ALL of that.  Sigh.

Butler's pantry.  This is the room that is most used by anyone (including us) who paints or works on the  house.  That sink is a utility sink at this point.  Could it be neater?  Absolutely.  I hear you judging.  I agree with you though, trust me.

 Decoupage room.  We're going to have to do a skim coat on those walls to cover the decades worth of magazine clippings.  Really, who does that?  There was even a little porn section of clippings.  Bizarre. Obviously this is the woodworking room.  What?  Doesn't everyone have one of those?

This is the middle room on the third floor.  I'm saving this for the One Room Challenge which Linda, from Calling It Home, hosts.  I hope I get to participate this year.

Walk in attic.  This is supposed to be a little cluttered, right?  I mean, it is an attic.

Garages 1 and 2.  Disaster.

And then there is the mother of all organization projects.  The basement.  Dun dun dun.  I think we could build a whole other house with all of the stuff we have down here.  Can't find something?  Just buy another one.  That's what usually happens.  No wonder we keep running out of money.  Ridiculous.

So, I think I have enough to keep me very busy this year.  Now that it's out there for everyone to see, I'm completely in.  This. Is. Getting. Done. This. Year.  Mark my words.


  1. oh i started clearing out my basement this weekend- ICK. and i was not even motivated by the mess.... i needed a space to paint so i was motivated by need! :)

  2. I didn't notice the mess in the sunroom because I was dazzled by those leaded-pane windows. So gorgeous!! But wow, you've definitely got your work cut out for you this year! The bones of your house are beautiful though and once you work your magic, I know it will all look stunning.

  3. Tiffany you are so, so not alone! Our thing is to buy a house, fill it up over time with our own hoarding tendencies, then decide to sell and get rid of it all in one fell swoop. Oh and then start the process over again! Can I just say how A.MAZING your house is? The sunroom? I die of love. Butler's pantry? Ceiling height? You say porn mag clippings decoupaged to the wall, all I see are amazing windows (but that IS freaky :) ) I'm sure it can be overwhelming, but oh, it must be so gratifying when you complete a room! Can't wait to see what you do this year!

  4. Love the floors in your first picture! Good luck! It will be gorgeous when you're finished. We're excited to see the after pictures. New followers!

  5. Looks like a beautiful home where a busy family lives to me.
    A "house" is just a building, a "home" is where a family lives, loves, and grows together.

    Neatness is sooo over rated when you have a growing family. Enjoy the chaos now...someday you'll have a picture perfect , totally finished beautiful home, and you'll find yourself missing the mess!

    1. Ha! You're probably right. I'd just like to get it a tad less cluttered so that we can enjoy it more. Thanks for stopping by:)

  6. Yeah, you are going to join in on the One Room Challenge!! I think your list is too much for one year. 3 rooms, max. Be kind to yourself. I know you were upset about the stuff in your sunroom, but I was too busy drooling over the amazing windows. Who has a clean basement? I would like to meet them. I will have a clean basement when I list my home, otherwise.....I'm busy! Good luck, I can't wait to see what you do with the porn :)

  7. dude, you should see my garage, even after a year's worth of purging. (You should have seen my garage a year ago.) But your house has such amazing bones, and the windows in the sun room are awesome. I will say, having done the massive purge, I feel so much better about what we have left. (It took me many, many, many rounds of purging.)

  8. Organize - it’s an easy word to say but difficult to start with, especially if everything in front of you is lots of clutter. But just like you said, it's 2014, a time for a fresh start. Where did you begin anyway? If I were to pick, I’ll start in the attic, for me to also check if the insulation is still in good condition or not. It’s just like hitting two birds with one stone. Yay!

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