Welcome to From Crap to Clean before Christmas, a Monday challenge to encourage you to clean up your spaces before the tree goes up!
All instalments to date are HERE.
So.. I didn’t plan this very bright and white project. At all.
My intent for this Monday’s Crap to Clean project was to tackle all the wood on the driveway. With nowhere to put it (eep…) I gave the workshop the stink eye, and decided I had to gut it so I could build shelving.
And then the Heavens opened up and rained me out.
Inside I go…
I stared at a few things needing cleaning, and even took a few before shots. But what quite simply fatiqued me on a CONSTANT basis was my blog office in the kitchen.
Here’s the office on a (rare) good day.
We have an open floor plan, so this is something you see all the live long day. And I was just done with the chaos.
A reader requested that I go through my purging process a little more thoroughly, so I’ll try and do that here…
1. Sort with piles
There is no easy way to do this other than, gut your shelves and just make those piles.
But the key? Sort while you purge. Big time.
Imagine all that junk in one pile. It would be completely overwhelming to go through.
First, all the paperwork and stuff I require all the time went in one area so I didn’t have to hunt for it.
Everything else got its own pile. Garbage, recycling, things to go downstairs, to the workshop, etc. This makes giving this stuff a new home MUCH easier.
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2. Leave things operational where possible.
I also left my computer plugged in while I moved the desk away from the wall. Everything still works! It really reduces the panic factor when you can live in between chaos.
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3. Deep clean
Once everything was cleaned and sorted, I hit the ceiling with a broom brushing away cobwebs, then washed down everything else with soapy water.
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4. Paint… if you dare?
Then I stared at the empty canvas and felt deflated.
It still felt old. And tired. And I knew I’d never be inspired as is. Should I? Shouldn’t I?
Honestly, I probably shouldn’t have. I mean, if you can’t find the painting supplies, it may mean you should still be cleaning… ya think?!
So while I pondered the thought on how crazy this idea was, I cracked open a white paint, threw a black garbage bag down inside a paint tray for the paint liner, (sheesh) and mulled over yet again how crazy this move was while I painted.
Sure beats thinking while sitting on the couch, no? 🙂
And… I’m in LOVE!
I’ve wanted to paint this area white forever. I live in a cave this time of year, and now the woodsy woods are popping against that great, crisp white! It’s fresh, clean, bright, inviting, and will be so fun to decorate!
Especially for Christmas!
Best of all, I’m inspired. That is HUGE.
So! You know what all this means now, right?
“The office is connected to the… living–room.
The livingroom’s connected to the… kit–chen.
The kit–chen’s connected to the… stair–way.”
Kinda glad I didn’t think about all this first. 🙂
So, whatever! I am well on my way to an entire upstairs FRESHLY PAINTED before Christmas! And I love the sound of that!
Just as soon as I finish up the office first, so I have something pretty to show you in between all the ruckus…
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So… let’s chat!
How did you do with your own cleaning this past week?
Do you procrastinate with decisions, or go full speed ahead?
Do decisions slow you right down to the point of you not doing something at all?
Think I’m crazy or smart?!
Oh… and does pure white scare you? 🙂
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How to play today or next Monday…
Clean anything you wish.
Take a before picture. (or more)
Take an after picture. (or more)
Be ready to share your success today or next Monday with us!
Bloggers, please link up below!
feel free to share your efforts on my Facebook page HERE, or in the Crap To Clean private Facebook group HERE.
By the way, anyone is welcome to join the private Facebook group, for week long encouragement! Ask to join by clicking HERE.
I can’t wait to hear about your progress! How’d you make out?
And please… if this topic is boring, lemme know. I’m happy to clean on the quiet, too. 🙂