This new feature, Bubbly Berls Babbles (or BBB), is kind of an adaptation of my old feature, Fun Questions, back at Fantasy is More Fun. And the title tells it all. I’m Bubbly, I’m Berls, and I’m about to Babble about something! I hope you’ll babble along with me 🙂
Today Bubbly Berls is Babbling about: Organization
Y’all this past month I got hit with the organization bug, big time! It started with the Kitchen – it was just cluttered, not dirty, but uncomfortable. I made blue prints y’all. I started with a hard core plan of where everything was going to go and made a list of what I needed to buy (from the Dollar Tree!) and tore it apart. Nothing was staying that we don’t use. Everything would have a specific spot it belonged. Here’s some pictures of before and after. Some of them are kind of confusing because I moved the fridge… meaning in the before there’s the fridge, in the after, it’s gone and vice versa.
And from there it was the bedroom. Then my book closet. Then the bathroom. Then the living room and hall closet. Only spaces untouched are my mom’s – because no way she’d let me. The success of the kitchen inspired me and I got on a one-track cleaning mindset to clean the hell out of the house. I even bought a shampooer. I stopped doing before and after’s but here’s some other finished spaces:
I haven’t had to purge much in my adult life because we have always moved every 6 months to a year or so… and purging is a natural part of moving. You have to clear everything out and if you don’t really love something, you don’t want to move it.
Well, we’ve lived in this apartment for 3 years now! So without the natural consequence of moving, clutter had accumulated. And it does not help that my mom – who’s been living with us most that time is a bit of a hoarder. Just to give you an idea, she has this awful vacuum. It does not work, takes up a lot of space, etc. So in my cleansing of our space I told her I was getting rid of it as soon as I found a good one to replace it. Next thing I knew, I couldn’t find the vacuum! Guess where it was? In her room! Her room, which is so packed you can hardly walk and she’d added the vacuum because she didn’t want me to get rid of it! LOL! I’m sorry, but I just can’t comprehend that kind of attachment to things.
All the cleaning and organizing resulted in so much trash and donations – probably 20 bags worth. And I’m obsessed with how comfortable our space is now, no way I’m ever letting that happen again. Just have to close my mom’s door.
Anyway, point of my babble is… All the organizing and decluttering really got me thinking about Marie Condon’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Now admittedly, I have not read her book. But I’ve read ABOUT it and the whole “hold an item and think, ‘does it give me joy?’ If the answer is no get rid of it’ philosophy. And that’s why I haven’t read it, because to me that is just the obvious truth. Why keep things you aren’t using and aren’t making you happy? And I keep thinking about that title – the Life-Changing Magic – and I get what it’s getting at. Y’all I’m so freaking happy in my home now. It’s Magic!
But I did encounter some comments as I “heartlessly” threw out cards and such. I am not nostalgic, I guess. I hang on to some cards, for example, because they just mean so damn much. But I actually have a folder on my One Drive where I have taken pictures of cards before tossing them. That way I’ll have them forever, they won’t get damaged by time, AND they won’t take up my small amounts of space.
I also donated the hell out of things that were useful but not to us. Old game consoles – for parts some of them – shoes, clothes, books (some I sold to half-price books), etc. My husband got testy with me on that one – what a waste of money, he said. Well, yeah, we probably shouldn’t have purchased some of the stuff in the first place. But some we had used quite a lot at the time… and now we’re done with it. Just because it has material value, doesn’t mean it’s worth keeping. Right?
So I had some opposition and it was so worth it – a fact that both my mom and Kiko agree with. They never would have done it though and resisted the whole way. I don’t care, it has been Life-Changing and Magical 🙂