don't we all have those areas in our homes that just feel like wasted space? well, the area under the stairs has always been that place! until yesterday it housed a bunch of toys and other random items. it was so packed with stuff that nothing was easily accessible and therefore a cause of frustration for me any time i glanced in that direction. there is a built in bookcase which is pretty inconveniently located unless you are 3 feet tall or want to risk hitting your head on the wood beam as you back your way out. needless to say i thought it would make a perfect reading area for the kids.
add some twinkle lights, colorful crocheted blankets and festive seasonal decorations and you have quite a cozy little nook!
i'm in the process of de-cluttering the house. i'm rereading the most helpful book that i've come across on this topic, Confessions of an Organized Homemaker. she gives such great instructions and covers all areas of organization from cleaning and clearing out clutter to meals, planning and doing things in the most efficient way so you have more time for the activities you really enjoy. below is an excerpt that really hit home with me-
A PLAN WILL SET YOU FREE
Some people fall into time traps when it comes to planning. "I can handle this. No need to waste time planning," they say. Still others fear that planning takes the fun out of life. One woman told me, "Being organized is ok for some people, but I enjoy living."
A plan does not fence you in. On the contrary! It is your road map to freedom.
To paraphrase Victor Hugo, "When disposal of time is surrendered to chance, chaos soon reigns." There are already enough crises that befall us naturally. Why add to them by failing to plan the things you CAN control?
yesterday i put the tips to use and got rid of huge bag of toys and took it directly to the goodwill. i'm really looking forward to moving through the whole house and getting rid of all the things that don't get used. i want a simpler life and i know my home is the most important place to get started. i also know that although i am not naturally organized that it is not an impossible feat. the thought of working toward improving myself in this way and being a good example to my children really excites me. and i know i'm not alone in the big clean out. these lovely ladies started with their closets...i haven't gotten that far yet ;D
so back to purging i go!