Monday, June 8

PROJECT DOWNSIZE | DE-CLUTTER THE BATHROOM



Okay, so I'm about halfway through the book that inspired it all, "The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up" and I realize I'm kind of going out of order in our house a bit from what she recommends. But I felt inspired to tackle the master bathroom in our house (which, is the tiniest and least master-ish bathroom of all time, but we rent, so whatever) because it was making me feel overwhelmed every single day. If there's one thing that I can say is so spot on in the book, it is the principle that a tidy and kept household will put your mind at ease.

The bathroom connected to the master bedroom is teensy. And has practically no storage. So you can imagine two grown ups with lots of grooming products (I have a lot of hair on my head. He has a lot of hair on his face) sharing this space is a recipe for a cluttery disaster. And you'd be right. But the big problem is that we just stuff stuff everywhere and leave it. I'm still not exactly sure why. And then there's no place to put things that actually matters to us or that we need to access daily. This is something the book talks a lot about and I am realizing I am so horribly guilty of. I mean, why was I keeping the instructions to my half used up self tanner lotion? Why is there nail polish from college still in my life? What is wrong with me that I don't just throw stuff away?!

Here's a before and after of the right side wall of the bathroom. Clutter. Mess. Dust. Ew. Then... muuucccchhhhh better.

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I filled up an entire industrial sized garbage bag from this tiny room. Can you even believe that? Stuff was stashed all over the place. Something that struck me from the book was the author joking (and not really joking) that storage experts are hoarders. And I was just laughing to myself the whole time because I love me some storage containers! I have lots here in this bathroom and were they helping to make my life un-cluttered? No! They were just aiding the mess!

So how did I go about the bathroom cleanup? I used the primary principle from the book which is to sort by genre. To pile everything in one place and physically touch each item and decide if it adds joy to my life. Be brutal. And trash everything that the answer was no.

Bathrooms, I feel, are an easy purge. There's not a ton of sentimental stuff in there. More than anything I just found that I was holding on to stuff for the sake of it. Half used bottles of lotion, hair serum, old makeup colors I haven't worn in the better part of a decade, an entire vase full of nail polish colors I don't particularly like anymore (purple glitter? eh.) and lots of samples and doo dads I don't actually need or use. PURGE. PURGE. PURGE.

And we're left with this....

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I took the organizer and moved it to the wall opposite the toilet. I know what you're thinking... cleaning this room up is kind of like polishing a turd. I hear ya. But there's only so much I can do since I'm a renter and this room is the size of a small closet. I'm also not willing to be breaking the bank for this room. So I limited myself to working with what I already had. But I'm pretty happy with the result! It's so much brighter in there. The air feels cleaner, crisper. I feel relaxed as I'm getting ready instead of overwhelmed. I found a few things I forgot about that made me happy (Joy! Keep.) I did keep all my organizing boxes even though I know I will have to fight the temptation to fill them with junk. Honestly though, we need them since there is ZERO storage built into this space. The way it's divided now is that my husband and I both have a little bin for our daily getting ready items like beard balm, makeup, combs, face lotions, etc. Fancier bottles of fun stuff are up on the vintage silver dish. Just to make them easy to grab and also because they are pretty to look at. Toilet paper is stacked up below the frame of this photo so that it both looks pretty and is handy since our toddler also uses this bathroom daily. The medicine cabinet is now cleaned out and holds only the stuff we use on the regular. Under the sink holds our travel toiletry bags, my husband's dopp kit, and things we use less frequently like hair tools and nail stuff.

What do you think? Could you tackle your bathroom? I dare you to try! It will make you feel amazing! Shed the weight of all that stuff. You don't really need it. And you'll feel your mind feel lighter too! xo.

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Wednesday, June 3

PROJECT DOWNSIZE | CONSOLIDATE THE KID STUFF



I'll be honest. My ooph for this project has taken a hit. Mostly because I feel like everything depends on everything else and I can't move forward. For example... I can't clear out the bookshelves and mail and paper items till the closet is cleaned so I have a place to keep the stuff we are keeping. And I can't clean the closet till... etc etc. So I'm a bit stuck with half our house in disarray feeling like I'm not sure which step to take next. But we are trudging on. Because it feels so good to clear out the crap!

The latest section that we completed was one of the MOST DAUNTING on my list: kids stuff. We always told ourselves we wouldn't be those people who had kids stuff taking over every room of their house so that it didn't even look like grown ups lived there anymore. And then we totally did exactly that. Mostly just out of laziness on our part, not paring down our son's stuff as he outgrew it. His room was full of toys, our living room was full of toys, the garage is full of toys, our "play room" was full of toys. It was a big mess.

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I used the tips from the book, The Lifechaning Power of Tidying Up to tackle this beast of a situation and took ALL HIS TOYS and dumped them out on the floor of our play room. Then I got to sorting. I had a big box for everything that would be donated and a few bags for things that needed to get trashed. Then I brought out all our spare storage bins and I separated all the toys into genres as I went. This was sooooo helpful because it made it easy to find missing pieces and their partners. After everything was sorted and paired down we actually made the decision to take the playroom back and make it a formal dining room. So everything had to fit into our son's room. No more toys in every room of the house! (VICTORY DANCE!)

We finally got rid of the changing table in our son's room and re-arranged a few pieces of furniture. We took an old ikea bookcase from our living room and turned it on its side and put it underneath our son's lofted bed for an entire nook of toy storage. His train table also went in the room and we stored about three more bins of train and automobile toys under that. Everything has a place and everything we kept are things that he can still play with and that are age appropriate.

Take a look at this AFTER transformation you guys, it's so crazy! (Also, I'd like to add that I am fully aware that his room is not perfectly styled or Pinterest ready. I was really into that when he was a baby but then I realized that he's a kid and his room doesn't have to constantly look like I ripped it from a magazine, it just needs to be fun for him. So here it is in all it's kid-loving glory!)

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And the real test? Does he like it? Is he upset that all his toys are consolidated? Did he freak out about us giving a bunch away? YES. To all those questions. HAHA. But he's a kid. And we're the parents. So luckily judgement calls defer to us. He doesn't love that he can't leave his toys all over the house or in the living room and that each night we make him put everything back in its place. Our lax attitudes about it before definitely allowed some not-so-great habits to form for our son but we are working now on consistency in teaching him how to take care of his things.

He freaked out when he saw we were boxing up some of his old toys so we actually had to take a break and wait till he was out of the house to finish that up. He's a little bit too young to understand why he can't keep them all and why we were taking them away.

Lastly, he ADORES his bedroom now. For the last year he mostly played outside of it (because all his toys were everywhere EXCEPT his bedroom) and other than the fact that we have to go in there and keep telling him to stop playing and go to sleep, this situation has workout out perfectly. He discovered all kinds of toys he forgot he had and has been having fun finding things in all the cubbies each day. He even told us, "Thank you for my new play room, Mama and Dada!" as he jumped up and down on the bed surrounded by dinosaur figurines. So I'd say this was win/win!

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