Hey guys! It’s been a while, huh? Well, a lot of things were happening around here. I have some exciting news to share with you!
First, my little girl is sleeping through the night which for some reason is making me more tired. Go figure. But she is sleeping through the night!
Aaaand second, we are moving to Riverside, CA this summer! We are still in the process of processing it all, but are very excited about what is ahead! We were extremely busy these couple of months and I didn’t have time to sit down to write at all. But I still do remember I owe you that post about the end of my decluttering adventure this Lent. And I’m here to deliver!
So, here it is.
I sort of finished decluttering and organizing all the rooms by the end of Lent. We were sick a lot, had a birthday party to organize, hubby had interviews and a conference to attend, so I consider finishing decluttering a big accomplishment. I have no idea what was I thinking when I left three biggest rooms in our home for the end, so it was much more work than I expected. During weeks 4, 5 and 6 I decluttered our bedroom, living room and kitchen/dining area. For each room I will highlight one or two things that I learned in the process that helped tremendously with the clutter.
First, the bedroom, week 4.
In the bedroom, our closet was the biggest source of clutter.
We don’t have a lot of storage space around our apartment, so we use a part of our closet to store the stuff we currently don’t use. Most of it is the baby gear and kids clothes. There were just too many things in the closet, though. I sold the things that we don’t need, and some of the things I stored in a different place. Under the bed. This is my big discovery – the under-bed storage.
We bought a couple of IKEA under-bed storage boxes like these. They are nice, sturdy and big.
So, if you are struggling to find some more space to store the things you need, under-bed storage is a great solution.
I also stumbled upon this idea for organizing linens and towels. I got the baskets from the dollar store and made little labels for each. I was afraid they will be too flimsy, but they are nice and sturdy and hold their shape well. I rolled the towels and the linens and put them in the baskets. Now everything is nicely organized I can easily take one sheet/towel out without taking the whole stack with it. I really like how it all turned out.
Now, the living room, week 5.
Our living room is the room where we spend most of our time during the day. The kids play there, we talk, read, spend time with one another and rest in the evening. So, not surprisingly, it is usually the messiest room at the end of the day (well, the kitchen comes close).
A big problem area in our living room is the main shelf. We use this shelf to store our laptops, we have some power strips and chargers there, so there were a lot of electrical cords sticking out. Usually, we just put things we want to have at hand (like camera or some bills that need to payed) at one of the shelves. Most of the shelves are, however, used for storing important papers and documents. This shelf is the first thing you see when you enter the apartment so I wanted to make it look simple and not cluttered. A bunch of papers and cords sticking out from the shelves looked terrible.
First, I put a bunch of documents and papers we don’t need for recycling. I got some storage bins from IKEA that fit our shelves and put all our documents in. They look elegant and simple and they slide out easily. I got the cord organizer from IKEA as well (check out the picture below), so now all our cords are tucked in and are not tangled. I left a couple of shelves empty on purpose to make the shelf look even more decluttered. Now I love how the shelf looks like. This is what I see when I enter our home.
The last room to get tidy was the kitchen.
We cook all our meals and use our kitchen a lot. The main problem with our kitchen is that there is not a lot of counter space. There is just one counter that usually gets filled quickly so I need to use the smaller counters to prepare food for our meals, which is frustrating.
However, I realized that I keep the dish drainer on one of the counters all the time, even when I don’t really use it. When I put it away after use, I had one extra free counter and this makes a huge difference. Look at the pictures. I also removed a second drainer (yes, that’s right – the second drainer) and hanged our mugs on the rod instead.
Another good thing is that in order to store the dish drainer away I need to store dry dishes first :). And that helps keep the kitchen tidy as well. Double win!
I also organized our kitchen cabinets. I was saving almost every glass jar we used (we love to eat strawberry jam from Costco!) and I didn’t know what to do with all the jars. I was planning to recycle them. But then I had an AHA! moment – I could use these glass jars to organize food in the kitchen cabinets!
I also made little labels for them so that I know what’s inside. And just for fun, half of the labels are in Croatian and half in English.
Here are the before and after photos.
I just love how the cabinets look like now. When I open the cabinets I can immediately see what I need.
How did your decluttering adventure go? Did you learn something interesting? Leave a comment!