Call Me Cluttered
I've been procrastinating all summer.
I just don't want to clean out my house, but I know I really need to. Seriously, if I have the choice between cleaning out a closet and sweating to death, or lying on my soft bed with the ceiling fan circulating cool air and reading a book on a hot summer afternoon, you know where I'll be. What can I say? I'm weak that way.
But things have gotten out of hand and I really don't even know where to start. It's embarrassing, but I'm posting my mess hoping that anyone who sees the disaster of my bedroom, my bathroom, and my storage closet will give me suggestions and HELP!!! Also note that when we built the house almost 24 years ago, the floor plan did not include storage closets of any kind, except the large one near my kitchen which you'll see at the end of this post. So, the mess you see can't just be thrown in a closet (I wish!) And I was very young and just super excited to have my own house--no more apartment dwelling (Yippee!!)--and I had no clue about where to put outlets, what window brand to choose, and whether or not I should put carpet in a bathroom (I know, sad), let alone comprehending fully how much storage would be needed for a 5 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath house. We just slapped this really horrid off-white color on the walls, went with floor-to-floor, mud-brown carpet (calling neutral, of course) and moved in. Oh, how I wish I could go back. Heavy sigh.
This is the shelving in the master bedroom, which I love. I actually had it built when I repainted the bedroom several years ago. I got the idea from a Pottery Barn catalog, but they put all this really pretty, fragile, delicate glass stuff on the shelves, which gave it light and airy feeling (which is what attracted me to it in the first place), but was not practical at all. I guess I could put some of the books on shelves downstairs and decorate. Problem. Not enough bookshelves downstairs.
This is the master bath. I've always hated the design. My husband uses the drawers as a dresser, so I can't really stash anything in those. Some of it could certainly go under the sink (when I clean that out), but some of it needs to stay on the counter for the sake of convenience.
What are the storage options? No one ever sees this bathroom, but I'm really sick of staring at all the clutter on the counters. And I'd really like some sense of organization.
And last, but certainly not least, is the storage room near my kitchen. This is the northern view and I have no words for this. Maybe a few: confusion, jumbled, messy, ridiculous. Okay, I have words.
The southern view is even worse. There's just too much stuff and I can't throw it all away. I can put some of it downstairs in the storage rooms I added when we finished the basement, but that doesn't solve the problem of dealing with stuff that I need and use near the kitchen. Oh, and I really like to find what I'm looking for:)
Any ideas you have, any direction you can point me in, any organizational expert you know--please, please, please help me out. I've got some work to do!