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Saturday, September 4, 2010

The Pit of Despair ~ Tamed

Earlier in the month of August I posted a little teaser post to a guest post I had over at the Homeschool Village.

And if you are under the illusion that I have it all together, you really need to go read the post. Seriously.

I gave you all a peek into what I dubbed the Pit of Despair. It seriously got to the point that I was avoiding it because I knew that dealing with it was going to take a LOT of time and work…and that just overwhelmed me. I’m not kidding when I say I would just run and dump things in the room…and quickly shut the door so I wouldn’t have to look at it.

Here’s a look at the ‘before’. The floor literally had stuff all over it, I couldn’t open the closet door that was in the room and you can’t really tell…but there’s a table in there somewhere. See how lovely??

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After much labor, moving and moaning, here’s a look at the re-organized room. This is just a small room in our basement that can’t be a bedroom {no windows}, but has ended up being my craft room {because I haven’t scrapbooked in literally 3 years….} and the room where all of our homeschool extra stuff gets stored.

Look at that…there’s actually room to walk and move now. And even scrapbook ~ should I ever have the time.

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There is a method to the organizing, even though you really can’t tell from the picture. The shelf to the left has a lot of our games, learning toys, puzzles and simple reading books for the boys.

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The center bookshelf has future curriculum {top shelf}, extra books for this year {2nd shelf}, history read-alouds for this year {center shelf}, extra notebooks and file folders {4th shelf} and then whatever I couldn’t figure out a spot for on the bottom. :) The shelf to the left has a lot of our games, learning toys, puzzles and simple reading books for the boys.

The small shelf on the left has all of our extra teaching supplies: our organized schoolwork for the upcoming year, my lovely laminator, extra school supplies and anything we’ll need for our science study this year.

Having it done has helped me out immensely. I at least know where to find things now and can breathe a little easier having at least one room in my house cleaned up. :) Don’t put it past me to lock the door to the room so that the kids can’t mess it up.

I’d do it in a heartbeat.

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23 Comments:

  • Yeah! Doesn't it feel so good to have to done. Getting it to that point is always so hard, but I love it in the end.

    By Blogger Amy, At September 4, 2010 at 10:52 AM  

  • I've been overwhelmed with all my clutter too and recently, I attacked reorganizing after my husband got not one, but three new bookcases to help me shelve things. I feel at peace now! It feels so good, doesn't it?

    By Blogger Joyful Learner, At September 4, 2010 at 10:59 AM  

  • Jolanthe,

    Congratulations on your victory of taming "THE ROOM!" You owe it to yourself to sit down and enjoy a moment of scrapbooking. I'm E-mailing you directions to my house so you can come over and organize/fix/clean/straighten our office/school room. See you soon :-).

    By Blogger Milk and Honey Mommy, At September 4, 2010 at 11:08 AM  

  • It looks great!! I am tackling our schoolroom today! :) I have some things that I want to re-organize from our first days of school. It is a never ending job for sure!

    By Blogger Jenilee, At September 4, 2010 at 11:31 AM  

  • It looks wonderful!! And I would LOVE a place to set my scrapbook stuff out.....I meet with some ladies once a month at church for several hours - otherwise, I don't have time to pull it out!

    By Blogger Corina, At September 4, 2010 at 2:16 PM  

  • Good for you! This is a HUGE accomplishment!!

    By Blogger Davene, At September 4, 2010 at 2:48 PM  

  • Ah, doesn't that feel better?! You did great! I've got mine almost tamed and it feels so good.

    By Blogger Jo Ann, At September 4, 2010 at 4:43 PM  

  • Wow! It looks amazing! I really must do this with a few (ok like every) room in my house :)

    By Blogger The Fifth Street Mama, At September 4, 2010 at 4:47 PM  

  • Looks fantastic! I know how much better it feels when a room gets 'loved on' like that. And I'm all for locking doors!!! I installed locks with keys on 2 of my children's closet doors because they were always getting into EVERYTHING. And you could always lock yourself in, just to get away and scrap. You ought to go digital though ...you're so good with all that!

    By Blogger Melissa, At September 4, 2010 at 6:11 PM  

  • Looks fantastic! I always feel so much better when I have things organized!!

    By Blogger Cindy, At September 4, 2010 at 10:48 PM  

  • Organization always gets me excited and makes me feel so much less stressed. Way to go.

    By Blogger Mama Burke, At September 4, 2010 at 11:01 PM  

  • It looks great! I hate cleaning, but love the results!

    By Blogger Jenny, At September 4, 2010 at 11:32 PM  

  • It's funny, but I get totally encouraged to see it's not just me that has rooms that get totally out of control. Sometimes I go over to friend's houses and think no one else ever has rooms that messy.

    By Blogger Ticia, At September 4, 2010 at 11:45 PM  

  • Yea, you conquered the Beast! Good job and great inspiration for us who need to conquer something in our life. Have a great year. Looking forward to walking the homeschool journey, looking over your shoulder, as you blog.

    By Blogger MommaMindy, At September 5, 2010 at 5:50 PM  

  • It looks fabulous!

    Now I feel the need to go clean my desk off. It's buried under laminating. LOL

    By Blogger Giggly Girls, At September 5, 2010 at 6:33 PM  

  • Great job! I need to do that in a room...or two! :)

    Stop by my blog! I have 5 giveaways posted and have 3 more to go! Some of them are homeschool-related.

    By Anonymous Cara (aka Temberton), At September 5, 2010 at 11:41 PM  

  • Thanks for this inspiration. I have been on a mission to completely organize well everything. Especially the homeschool/art materials.

    By Blogger Deb, At September 6, 2010 at 8:44 AM  

  • I have a room like that. Just the thought of starting overwhelms me because it's so hard to know where to start. It's my office/scrapbook stuff storage/shove things in there when people are coming over because it has a door I can close room! Anyway, thank you for posting your (I'm not the only one) before pictures and your (inspiring) after pictures.

    By Anonymous Sharla, At September 7, 2010 at 9:53 AM  

  • Wow! Congratulations!

    Please, would you mind coming and sorting out my "pit of despair" now?

    By Blogger Naxi, At September 10, 2010 at 8:58 AM  

  • Wow! Congratulations!

    Please, would you mind coming and sorting out my "pit of despair" now?

    By Anonymous Naxi, At December 15, 2010 at 12:56 PM  

  • Thanks for this inspiration. I have been on a mission to completely organize well everything. Especially the homeschool/art materials.

    By Anonymous Deb, At December 15, 2010 at 12:56 PM  

  • It looks fabulous!

    Now I feel the need to go clean my desk off. It's buried under laminating. LOL

    By Anonymous Giggly Girls, At December 15, 2010 at 12:56 PM  

  • Looks fantastic! I know how much better it feels when a room gets 'loved on' like that. And I'm all for locking doors!!! I installed locks with keys on 2 of my children's closet doors because they were always getting into EVERYTHING. And you could always lock yourself in, just to get away and scrap. You ought to go digital though ...you're so good with all that!

    By Anonymous Melissa, At December 15, 2010 at 12:56 PM  

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