When it came to deciding where to start for this year’s Project Simplify, there was a pretty clear winner. You see, despite getting our master bedroom cleaned to a state of awesomeness in February (I was so proud, I showed it off to my best friends, so there are witnesses!) things went downhill in March.
As we cleaned and sorted through our guest room, on our journey to turn it into Caleb’s big-boy room, there were many things that found new and better homes around the house. All the things we couldn’t figure out what to do with however, got dumped in our bedroom, to be sorted through “later”.
Since I have a condition called Chronic Mess Blindness, the state of our room wasn’t really bothering me. My dear, orderly husband on the other-hand was beginning to have palpitations every time he walked in our room and saw this:
I honestly did not see how bad it was until I took these photos. Mess Blindness. It’s real.
Anyway, David is a wonderful help to me in keeping up with our home, but he’d already cleaned up everything he was able to in our room. Everything left were things I needed to make a decision about. As much as I joke about our odd-couple relationship when it comes to how clean a home should be, I treasure knowing this easy way to touch his heart.
With the goal of bringing David joy on my mind and a Piper sermon to listen to, I rolled up my sleeves and dug in. This week’s challenge was shelves and drawers so I knew my “after” photos wouldn’t show big change since clearly “piles” are my biggest problem (that’s April 23rd, if you’re wondering).
The pile of stuff to get rid of:
To me, this is how Project Simplify differs from my other cleaning projects throughout the year. I try to be as ruthless as possible when asking myself if an item really deserves the space it’s taking up in our home. Although hard in the moment, it’s made our home so much easier to maintain each year and there have been very few items I have ever missed again.
Unfortunately, I didn’t take photo of all the paper trash I threw away, but it was impressive. Old church bulletins, coloring sheets, grocery lists, and other random scribbles are definitely my worst enemies when it comes to keeping the clutter down.
Our room “After”:
Clearly, I have a long way to go, but I’m looking forward to the next 3 weeks. This is my 3rd year doing project simplify, but the first that I’ve devoted all my efforts to one room. If you’d like to go back and look at previous years, they’re here: Project Simplify 2012 & 2011.