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Friday, February 6, 2009

Spring Cleaning

David and I started Spring Cleaning over the Christmas Break. There is nothing I love more than weeding out a room. That's rather sad, isn't it?

Maybe it comes from growing up in a military family where we moved and cleaned out a lot. Maybe I get it from my mom who likes the same. Maybe it's that recycling gene in me. David definitely likes a non-cluttered look so maybe he's the influence. Regardless, I love organizing and getting rid of all that stuff we don't use.

And it's not just me. A co-worker said to me in early January that she smiled all the way to Goodwill with a truck full over the holidays because she too had weeded out her house and it felt so good. I shared her enthusiasm.

Last weekend we worked on the office. It's a loft above our kitchen and I have not enjoyed going into it for awhile. The boys are great about putting things away in the house. All the office stuff I just kept saying "just stick it on the desk." Thomas said - "but there's no room anymore!"

Desk Before
Desk After

Tall Shelves Before
Tall Shelves After

Low Shelves Before

Low Shelves After

Low Shelves After

I see from these pictures that it doesn't look ALL that different. Believe me, it is. We cleaned out every drawer in the desk and discarded a ton of stuff. And now I actually enjoy going in there just to look around!

(A big thank you to Thomas for taking the "before" pictures and for helping with the big clean up)


Mrs. Jelly Belly said...

Holy mackeral - your "before" pictures look like what my "after" pictures would look like. :)

I am SO READY for spring cleaning. But I think I'll wait until I can actually open windows!

Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

Doesn't it feel great to get organized? Happy Saturday!

Jen said...

Looks great. I am so dreading the spring cleaning.

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

I'm thinking your before pics look pretty darn good!

Sarah@VintageChic said...

I sure wish my house looked like your before pictures! My house is ten times worse!!!
Great job. I always like the sense of accomplishment after a deep clean.