Today I completed the final stage of Spring Cleaning! It feels so great to have it done! We tackled the office, living room, dining room and garage. It was definitely a lot of work but I feel so accomplished now that it's done. We are ready to paint the rest of the house, transform the office into a guest room and turn the garage into a photo studio!
The office before...
The office was by far the WORST space to deal with! Ugh. Since moving in, it completely became the "extra room" that we weren't using that simply got overloaded with junk! The only time it ever got cleaned up was to put an air matress in it for company. So we decided to make it into a guest room. We don't have all the bedroom stuff yet but we're going to get it very soon from my Grandpa.
This art table is an area I have NEVER been able to keep clean and organized. It's a great art table but not a great desk. We decided to move it to the garage in order to better use it as a project table.
Kyle's desk. (See, I'm not the only messy one!)
We had way to many books and our closet was a complete mess of boxes, envelopes, folders and gift bags!
The office after...
Yay. Got the desk moved out to the garage and made space for a guest bed.
My sister helped me edit the book collection. I took them all to the used book store today and will have a bit of credit to buy new books! Kyle's desk will also be moved out and passed on in order to make room for guest room furniture. I'm really excited about transforming this room.
I'm going to make this closet into "my office". But for now, at least it's organized!
The living room before...
Cluttery and crowded. This space was definitely less than cozy.
The entertainment area was cluttered and disorganized. Wondering what those things are on the floor? They're VHS tapes. Remember those? Wondering why I have them? Me too.
My cool entry way table had become a drop-off point for stuff. It was really bugging me. This was intended to be a nice little zen spot and instead it became a big stressful mess.
This is the baby bin. Obviously it had become totally disorganized and full of junk.
The living room after...
Super clean and bright!
I took all my photo books from my art table and moved them into the living room.
Yay! All clean. My magazines are organized and ready for looking through. I also organized my photo albums and made a photo wall! I love it!
Baby bin all nice and organized.
The dining room before...
This area of the house was feeling crowded and claustrophobic.
Between the table, the wine wrack and the new baby play mat we were constantly tripping over stuff. It was frustrating!
Kyle has been doing lots of studying in the living room so we always have a pile of stuff in the corner.
Overflowing wine rack. Only way to organize this? Start drinkin'.
I took the leaf out of the table and ditched two of the chairs. We're going to move this table into the guest room with these two chairs when we get my Grandma's dining table next month. It's so much more intimate this way. There's still a pile of stuff in the corner but it's much more organized that it was before.
I drank a lot! Just kidding Mom! I took the overflow out to the garage.
Entryway closet before and after...
That's a bit better. I hung up Gigi's carriers and took some old coats to Goodwill.
The garage before...
Man was our garage a mess! And this is after we took the old washer and dryer to Goodwill. The intention for the garage is that it will function as a project zone, home brewery, photo studio and storage space. That's a tall order for one garage but we're on our way to making it a reality.
So much better!
The art table ready for action. We still have a bit of work to do but this is a great start.