- Who can find a virtuous woman? her price is far above rubies
- She looketh well to the ways of her household
- She worketh willingly with her hands
Did you see my post last week with the "before" pictures of my "Ugly Room" self-challenge?
No? Well, you need to go look at them. I'll wait.
Now let me show you what this room looks like today. (Pardon the lighting, it was an early morning pre-dawn hour when I took these, and my flash and the lighting in the room aren't the best way to view this room.)
This is the first glimpse you get when you head down the hall. Better, yes?
Here is the desk area.
Bookcases and cleaned and straightened. I purged at least 100 books, believe it or not, but replaced them with books from boxes and piles. This is probably about half of the books we own. There are still others stashed in boxes, our son has at least two bookcases worth of his personal books in his room, and I have probably another book case worth, at least, in my office at church.
The lovely couch is now ready for a nap or a sit, as is the "reading nook" chair.
And just to show you the reality, we had company coming over, so, while I did do a lot of cleaning, organizing, and purging, I also did some "stash-and-dash" cleaning--put things in a box or bag, and stash it someplace out-of-sight until later!
Another, smaller "stash-and-dash" pile.
I still to do some work around the desk, too.
I noticed over on Mom's the Word that her post is about having a cut-off-time for chores--this is especially true when you tackle something huge like my "ugly room". There is no way this could all have been done in a day--even a week, to be honest, unless every thing else is neglected. But laundry and cooking and dishes still needed doing. I had a funeral to attend, and church and grocery shopping and company coming over--I needed to attend to the rest of the house, too. And besides that, you can only work on clutter and cleaning and organizing for so long before you start to make poor decisions about what to keep and where to put it--as soon as I started getting to the point of just mindlessly wanting to through it all away, or alternatively, box it all up and avoid dealing with it, I knew I needed to take a break.
My "ugly room" is still far from finished. I need to do another sweep through the bookcases and purge a little more. I need to go through the "stash-and-dash" boxes one at a time. (Oh, and did I mention that I stashed a few boxes in the closet, too?) But at this stage, it's at least clean--you can't imagine the dust I've inhaled in the last week or two! And it's do-able, and approachable.
My "ugly room" is no more. Now it's just a room---not good or bad, it just is what it is, and I'm up for the challenge to make it into a peaceful retreat for this family of book nerds. I want to change the curtains, add something to a couple of the walls, maybe a throw rug to cover the worn-out wood floors, who knows? It's still far from pretty, but it's definitely a change in the right direction!
Until next time...
This post is linked to:
Make Your Home Sing at Mom's the Word
Make it Pretty Monday at the Dedicated House
The HomeMaking Party at Hope in Every Season