10/26/2007

More fall cleaning and purging

Hubby and I are clutterred people. We are all but incapable of keeping anything organized for any length of time. Seriously. This is what our little front bedroom looked like until a few days ago:

Frightening, huh? And yes, Mom, I am ashamed of myself...

Part of the problem is that this little room has no purpose. It's right around 7.5' x 11', so it's really not functional as a guest bedroom. Shayne already has his "office" in the basement, and mine is in the back bedroom. The only thing we use that room for is extra uniform storage, ironing, and depositing junk that doesn't really go anywhere else. We've been talking about using it as sort of a dressing room, but I'm definitely open to suggestions on what to use this little room for.

One thing for certain is that the ironing board is a space hog in that small space. I'd really, really love one of these cupboards from Pottery Barn:

But $279? For a freakin' MDF cupboard? Can't do it... So I'm on the lookout for cheaper alternatives...

In the meantime, we cleaned out the room and donated a BUNCH of stuff to Goodwill. I'm going to take the computer over to a place in Elkhart called Computers For All, so that'll be out of there soon as well. Here's what it looks like now:

It's still not perfect, but it's a huge improvement. I'll just have to hope that our sorry, cluttered selves can keep it that way, since I plan on painting it sooner rather than later.

5 comments:

Di said...

You could use it as a nursery. :D

drwende said...

Suggestions? Declare it the Housekeeping Room and consciously equip it with the right stuff for ironing and overflow storage, rather than just letting things pile up.

If it starts mutating into a dressing room once it gets some really functional storage pieces, that's all to the good.

Di said...

The problem with it being the "Housekeeping Room" is that we will have a linen closet performing that function within a year (I hope!). Everything that's left, which should be very little after the next round of donations, will be moving to the closet. The only thing left will be that danged ironing board...

And what, exactly, should one have in a dressing room? It's not like we need to primp, just a place to store radio equipment, flashlights, kevlar vests, and duty belts. It would help if our jobs were more "normal"!

Jen / domestika said...

Y'know, I would gladly take that stained glass off your hands, clear a bit more space on that beautiful beautiful floor... Seriously, though, I hear you. We designated just such a tiny room in our place as the "library" -- but it still ended up stuffed full of junk, only with bookshelves around all the walls. I'm just hoping that you'll come up with a solution for your little room, and I'll take that for inspiration for mine! ;)

Anonymous said...

I like Di's suggestion! Jen/Domestika - I would gladly make you one!

The Mom