In my nearly eight years of marriage, my husband and I have never owned our own home. At the risk of sounding ungrateful, first let me clarify that I know owning a home isn’t something everyone gets to do in their life, and I am grateful I have always had a place to live. On that note, I am getting tired of always waiting.
I know that many things will be different once I do own a house (which will hopefully be by the end of this year.) But until then, I’m going to make the best of our situation. And I’m going to lay it all out there.
I live in a basement. Technically it’s a basement apartment, but it wasn’t originally designed as an apartment, so it’s got some layout issues that don’t really work for me. Other than that, it’s a beautiful place to live. It’s very spacious and full of light–it’s a walkout basement. It has a beautiful view that I never get sick of. It has three bedrooms and two storage areas. And now I’m going to show it to you. It’s mostly clean but there are a few areas of shame which I hope to organize better this year.
The living room is enormous. You know how typical basements have one giant game room? That’s what this has. Since I needed the space for different purposes, I’ve had to kind of divide it up the best I could. Here is the living room. And I have to put up with the ugly recliner until we move into a house and I told my husband we will be replacing it with a pretty leather chair.
Here is the craft room. To be honest, this area is rarely clean. And after all the Christmas stuff, it’s still recovering. The pegboard is my only sanity. Oh my gosh–this picture…
Right next to the craft area is the ‘office.’ The green desk was a great find at the ReStore. It was red and for some reason I decided that bright green was the color to paint it. I’m kind of tired of the green but I won’t be repainting it until after we move again. And that ginormous printer…sheesh.
The kitchen actually has more storage than I’ve ever had in a kitchen and I can’t believe I’m not utilizing it. This island is constantly cluttered and there are about a thousand kitchen appliances floating around. Something has GOT to be done. And maybe someday I will get rid of some of those vases up top.
Here is my Exploding Desk (term coined by my sister). It’s a place where the clutter keeps piling up and you ‘eventually’ get to it. Don’t worry–I’ll eventually clean this up. The ironic thing is that the desk drawers are literally empty. But (try to look past the heater and all the ugly stuff around it) isn’t it a pretty desk? It’s one I refinished this summer and never got around to posting about it. My inspiration for it was a Restoration Hardware desk.
The boys room–it’s a nice big size and for a long time we had all their toys in here. And it drove me crazy! Every morning they would literally get out every toy and not even play with it. So the bedroom was constantly covered in toys and my kids and I would get in these battles nearly every day in the conquest to clean it up. So I moved most of the toys to a storage room I cleared out and now it’s a giant closet of shame–like Monica’s messy closet on Friends. Aack!
So my goals are to get each of these areas organized. I still have a lot of clutter, as you can see, and I need to figure out the best ways to keep it clear. In my experience, I’ve found that clutter happens when things don’t have a place. So this year I will find a place for all this stuff. I know I can find room for it–just takes a little creativity and DIY.
How about you? Are you going to get organized this year?