Under Control

In the last couple of days I have made significant progress in cleaning up the studio. There are several quite easy to understand reasons for the cleanup. Perhaps the most important was that I could no longer get anything done. The disaster area had just about driven me around the bend.

I also had committed to having several friends from the local knitting groups over for a craft morning – which just happens to be tomorrow. I would much rather sit around in the studio where I have everything we could possibly needthan risk people losing pins in the living room furniture.

You remember me showing you pictures of piles of boxes? All those boxes had to be emptied. I was down to the last few, which really didn’t help since those contained all the hard to figure out things. Plus – there are two ways to clean –

    *Sort as you go and put away at the end
    *Deal with each item as you go so there is nothing left at the end.

I decided to go the second route – and not handle most things 2-3x as I went.

more boxes unloaded

There is all this stuff piled up

And once I started taking it out of the boxes, or off the top of the boxes things started looking a whole lot worse before I could see any progress at all.

the center of the floor

the center of the floor

which is actually amazing considering that I found the floor at all. Something like hours (maybe days) later and several bags of trash and shredded papers, I realized that I was putting stuff on the desk, messing up the one area that might have been ok prior to my cleaning start.

and the worktable

and the worktable

When things got too insane, I borrowed the guy

getting by with a little help

getting by with a little help

who helped me scrub out the windows, do yet another round of vacuuming and carry out extra stuff. This was, of course, made possible by finally getting enough boxes moved and cleaning off the window sill (said window was solid stuff when I left for the UK so I can’t blame the entire mess on the fact that the movers dropped off all those boxes in my studio).

As of 2200 –

Cabinets and shelves

Cabinets and shelves

The room has been reorganized. I can get inside the cabinet and reach all the shelves. The various stuffed animals are on safe perches and not susceptible to being snatched by the retriever for ransom (or chewing).

and my work area

and my work area

My table is now on the sunny end of the room with plenty of extra space, printer and counter with the use of the window area.

And I even beat the deadline by 11 hours…….

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11 Responses to Under Control

  1. Cat says:

    Oh my goodness. Now you won’t know where to find anything! (Evil 🙂 )

  2. Isobel says:

    I am so impressed I can’t stand it! I’m right in the middle of shoveling out my “study.” Two people (guys–Adam and one of our friends) are coming next weekend 23-25. Have to put Adam in my study. Have to find not only the floor but the bed.

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  4. Mary Lou says:

    WOW Holly – I am SO impressed!

    Maybe there is hope for my house! OTOH, you and yours aren’t here!


  5. April says:

    you have more stuff in there than I own! I have no furniture, but I do have stuff.
    What does one do with a room full of stuff? I havent figured it out…..

  6. Shawn says:

    You deserve a medal for bravery for posting those pictures! I like a story with a happy ending – thanks!

  7. Kathy says:

    I am really impressed!

  8. Ann says:

    No, that’s not a hoarder…a real hoarder wouldn’t have been able to get to where you got! Congrats!

  9. Bob says:

    Congratulations on a job (or jobs) well done. Never had a doubt but what it would all come together.

  10. Steven says:

    Someone should write you up for a MSM for that job. 🙂

  11. Helen says:

    Dare I say this is reminiscent of my sister’s permanent state!

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