The guest room in our home is almost back!
We removed all the furniture to re-do the floor. And what we discovered when we moved all the major pieces is that the dresser, the bedside tables, the boxes that contained unknown amounts of things in the closet: is that all the nooks & crannies had been stuffed with items that should NOT have been there.
Imagine if you will, finding a heap of documentation in a dresser drawer stuffed to bursting, and when you pull out all that documentation you find bills paid 5 years ago, empty envelopes from the mail that have been ripped open, and random kitchy items your housemates have left behind. All of it garbage.
Okay, so there was some income tax documentation in there, some house expenses we needed to hold onto, some more bills, etc. The VAST MAJORITY of it was things that should have been recycled or discarded the moment we had opened them to find the important stuff inside.
Mail for the previous house owner (who is now deceased) had been squirreled away into boxes and envelopes inside of the drawers and drowned in other recycling that was far past-due from making its way to the depot. I filled an entire 40 gallon tote with just useless paper!
So you can imagine my frustration at our household situation. Under the stairs we had been storing 24 UNUSED cardboard boxes that hadn't even been broken down to flat, they were just whole, and closed, and empty. I swear they multiply in the darkness: breeding like some living infestation.
But after all that: after 3 solid hours of sorting and piling and choking back disgust, it's all gone. The drawers are now re-filled with fabrics waiting to be turned into garments (I do sew on occasion, and my hobbies do require me to make some garments that cannot be easily found). I look forward to moving my sewing desk back downstairs to find a home in the clean new spaces left behind by the useless clutter.
Photos will be coming shortly so you can see exactly what I am talking about.
Guest Room tally:
1 dresser - purged
3 boxes - purged
40 gallons of paper to recycling, 1 box of items to be donated (most of them in their original packaging)
2 bedside tables purged
1 closet emptied.
The only items in the room going forward are: 1 bed (queen sized), 2 night stands with bedside lamps, 1 dresser, a painting, and a dress form. Everything else is stored in drawers and tucked away and it feels soooo good that everything has a home!