Posts Tagged ‘clutter’

Kid Friendly Grown Up Space

Thursday, June 21st, 2012 by by

Our living room was getting a little out of hand with a mess of toys.  Mr. BBH and I needed a solution to reign in the clutter and figure it out before the new baby comes. (Granted, we have some time, but we wanted to reclaim the space).

baby bear with clutter

Cluttered kids toys (more…)


Friday Five: The Opposite of Charlie Sheen

Friday, March 18th, 2011 by by

I have been a soldier this week, because despite the fact that I’ve been battling illnesses, exhaustion, and ennui, I still managed to uphold my commitment to my 40 Bags in 40 Days project.  Doing a deep clean is no joke – and I mean that.

Every day, I’ll look around our house and think, “We have too much stuff,” yet when it comes to actually throwing things out or stopping myself from bringing things in, I’m the worst.  While my house is fairly tidy and definitely *clean*, I still get an overwhelming sense of empathy when I watch a show like “Hoarders,” because I think almost everyone can relate to at least one of these rationalizations for being a keeper of stuff:

“I’ll figure out a way to use this one day.”
“I just haven’t had time to get around to this project.”
“I’m saving that for_______________.”
“I know these will fit when I lose those last few pounds.”
“I paid $$$ for this, so I hate to just throw it away.”

In general, this looong, dreary winter of being stuck in our “stuff-y” house has given me the incentive to finally get rid of a lot of things.  So unlike “winner” Charlie Sheen – I have vowed to become a……. “LOSER!!”

1)  Earlier in the week I started in my bathroom, because it seemed easiest.  I don’t have any “befores,” but here are the “afters”:

As you can see, it takes very little for me to achieve the level of beauty I currently maintain.
Baby powder and a couple of pairs of scissors, folks.  Instant gorgeous!

Discovery Doesn’t Always Make You Christopher Columbus

Sunday, March 13th, 2011 by by

(Apparently this guy has never been in my kitchen!)

Last night, I felt compelled to continue the organizational roll I was on by rearranging my kitchen cabinets.  Although my husband attempted to excuse himself out of my 40 day challenge (“Good luck with your project” he commented unwisely upon viewing my list), I pulled out the ol’ “happy wife, happy life” adage (along with the evil eye), and next thing you know, he’s sorting through Tupperware!

In our case, it seems that the greatest trash is actually found BEHIND our greatest treasures.  For example:

  • Behind all of our bottles of fancy, good-quality wine, we found not one, not two, but THREE unopened bottles of premixed cocktails a la TGI Fridays circa 2007.  Maybe we were anticipating that we wouldn’t be able to handle family life without 750 ml of ready-to-drink Long Island Iced Tea?  I guess the good news is that we never had to even crack open the twist-off lid.  Although, come to think of it, I can cite more than a dozen occasions that may have been made less painful had I but known that these spirits were lurking in my cabinet.
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File it under g – for good gracious that looks good!

Sunday, March 15th, 2009 by by

I always assumed that when I found my partner in life that they would be the one to help me ‘get my act together’. I mean, my act was good – it was financially ticking over quite well and, due to many many hours in the gym, I was very happy with myself physically.  I had good friends (still do!) and was pretty on track. So it may come as a surprised that I was waiting for someone else to come along to ‘fix things’, there didn’t seem much to fix.

But what I mean is that organizationally I was a mess. I had bits of paper everywhere, documents stored at several houses due to several overseas moves and really had no idea how find a piece of required paper if it was needed. Sounds like a small thing but, oh, how it did drag me down.

When David and I met, it was a match quickly made in heaven. But he was not the answer to my organizational woes. As evidence, I present his office:

That’s a black hole of paper!

And this is why I am now constantly working on organizing my our life. I’m a regularly at in the library ‘homes’ section. I scour websites, blogs, workshops and even ask friends how they organize their lives. Slowly, oh so slowly, I’m getting a handle on all our paperwork. So far, the best system I’ve come up with to handle bills is to banish the dreaded filing cabinet and get everything into easily accessible binders. Yup, it’s like being in high-school.
So far, the book that has been most helpful is (more…)