December 20, 2012
A Cleaning/Organizing Post
Much of this week has been dedicated to cleaning and organizing. I am, of course, nowhere near finished, but you can see living room floor, and lots of it.
The thing is, I love entertaining. I have not been able to throw a party, or even a dinner for more than four people, since I moved here, because my dining room table was in several pieces — and hidden amidst piles of bags, boxes, and loose clothing. And every time I would walk into the living room, I would see the whole mess and get more depressed. It was clearly cyclic. And every time I planned to pend time cleaning up the mess, Stuff Would Happen.
I am not sure why this time was different. I was planning to have a friend over for Christmas dinner, because I knew she would be alone. Then two other friends called and wanted to get together. We agreed to do it at my place, because their place is way tiny and way crowded. So I now had five people for dinner (including me). I could conceivably get five around my grandpa’s gateleg table, but it would be very crowded because our kitchen is on the mall side. My friend, C, offered to help me get stuff in the living room condensed. She spent two days helping, then my friend J helped for an afternoon, and the roomie even pitched in a bit, when not hiding in her room.
Things are not completely done, but all the loose clothing has been sorted and either put in my room, in laundry to be done with the next batch, laundry for future batches, and dry cleaning. The kitchen stuff that was occupying the coffee table and the loveseat is now mostly in one big storage cube, which we can move into the kitchen and store under a chair for the short-term. My big dining table, which can seat ten, has been reassembled, and is being a great place to unpack and rejigger boxes.
In other organizing news, I have managed to keep my desktop organized for a month. I like being able to find things, and intend to keep it this way.
So, what would you need to start clearing up to increase clarity nin your life?