Monday, June 24, 2013

Summer Project #2: The Great Clean of 2013

Here's the deal, friends: I've been procrastinating. For quite some time, actually. It's not something I'm proud of, to say the least. You know that feeling you get when you let things pile up, and eventually, you just get to a point where you're like, "I just can't anymore. I can't look at this. I can't even deal with it."

So you don't deal with it because it all seems, well, a bit too overwhelming. And things continue to pile up. And pile up. And -- you guessed it -- pile up. You know you need to take control, which is why I've deemed this summer The Great Clean of 2013. My everything-needs-to-be-organized mind just can't take it anymore -- and neither can my mother and sister -- so I've made it my mission to go through everything. And I won't lie to you, friends, it's not going to be pretty or easy -- we're talking at least three bins filled with assorted papers, magazines (some from 2011) and books. I've even let piles take shape around the house...

But! No more! This is it. By the end of the summer, I will have everything squared away (consider the shots above the "before" photos...). I can do it, if I just keep at it, and that's where you come in, friends. I was reading an article about clutter in Family Circle a couple weeks ago, and professional organizer and author Dorothy Breininger suggests getting a purging partner -- a friend or family member -- to "hold you accountable." I love that idea, and it really rings true and makes so much sense.

And that's when I got an idea: Will you be my partners, friends? Here's what I'm thinking: Every week or so, I'll post an update on the progress I made during the course of that week. And if I didn't do anything? Well, I'll have to be honest and report that, too. How does that sound, friends? AND, if you're determined to tackle any projects this summer, post about them in the comments. We're all in this together, right? xoxo

P.S. And with that, I'm powering down for the night...we've got a tornado watch in the area! Oh, no!


  1. Great idea!

    I, too, am guilty for not getting rid of things when I should..

    My apartment really mirrors your before photos :-)

    I think you have given me some encouragement to start my own clean sweep! Good luck! :-)

  2. WHEW!! I'm so glad I'm not the only one...but i know it will feel good once i start getting rid of some things!! :)

  3. Great idea Melissa! We will definitely be your purging partners! I've slowly, slowly cleaned out some odds and ends here. The benefit of our apartment is that we have limited space so I have to reassess what we need often! Of course the stuff I left at my parent's house is another story! I think we tend to fill up larger spaces with stuff and I'm trying not to do that!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  4. I started mine last week. It's been ugly--very ugly. I stay at home, so I'm with the clutter all day long. I think what happened was that my husband and I never properly went through our things from before we were married, so when we got married and actually lived together, we inherited each other's crap. Throw in a baby, now toddler, and a move and you've got yourself a grade A disaster. I'm so over it. We've had to be real wig what we were going to keep. If it's been sitting in a box for a year and we haven't missed it, it's outta here! I seriously want to reduce our "stuff" Ny more than 50%. Too drastic?

  5. What a great idea! John is a purger and I fall somewhere in between, so I always hold him back just a bit from chucking everything!

  6. A book I really loved which made the whole process much easier is Karen Kingston´s Clear your clutter.

    Read it!

  7. Awesome! thanks for the recommendation, martie! xoxo


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