Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I'll Be Spending Some Time in the Corner Now

School is planned for the next 8 weeks. I did a whole bunch of planning at once so I wouldn't have to think about it too much. Of course, we are already way off the scheduled lesson plans, but you know. We'll keep going.

So now I can focus my attention on something else. You know how I had that theory that my house would be totally clean if only we didn't have horizontal surfaces? Well, this week I have a new focus. I'm going to walk around the walls in each room and pick up stuff that has just sort of parked there.

We have a corner in our bedroom that is stacked with books, notebooks, and papers. On the floor! Why? I'm going to go through those this week. I'm talking about the clutter that has been there for a long time and you don't even notice it anymore.

There's no telling what I may uncover!

Back when Carrie suggested our book club moms read The House That Cleans Itself, I did one of the assignments. The assignment was to walk around your house and take pictures. You were not supposed to straighten ANYTHING before you took the pics. Oh dear.

I'm finally feeling brave enough to show you a few of the better ones:

Hey cool. I'm sitting in that chair RIGHT NOW! See the junk to the right? There's different junk now. But why? Why is it there?

This is known as crap corner. EVERYTHING gets put down on this part of the kitchen cabinet. Drives me crazy.

Oh the dining room floor.  I sew there (not on the floor) and then quickly clean off the table for meals. Here is the result.
 As you can see, and these are really old pictures, I have my work cut out for me. I think these corners of stuff are what's keeping our house out of the "model home" category.

Other than that, we're REAL close.


  1. Hey! I'm so proud of you and your motivation! Send some my way!

    And, yes, once that's done, you'll totally be in House Beautiful. At least MUCH closer than I will be to that. ;)

  2. Woo-hoo! Go, Brenda! I am amazed - I have a "crap corner" on my kitchen counter, as well. I never knew other people did, too! I recently "decluttered" - it involved throwing everything I had no idea what to do with into a large packing box and taking it to the basement. Does that count? I tell myself that one day I'll actually go through it and sort, but already I'm doubting my resolve on that one. I'm so, so, so bad at decluttering.

  3. Karly, please! First of all, I don't have a baby. Secondly, remember, these were the GOOD pics!

    Erin, I would say after a certain amount of time, you could just toss that whole box if you haven't needed anything from it. See? Decluttering!

  4. It's hard to have a house that's in that "model home" look when you have houses as old as ours are. I find that when I straighten everything up, I am slapped in the face with my old baseboards, my faded paint and small damaged pieces of sheetrock. What we need is a home remodel, then we can clutter that up! : )

  5. You know what G? You are absolutely right! I think that's why it never quite lives up to the picture in my mind. But I remember when our house flooded how much stuff got wet simply b/c it was on the floor. There's got to be a better place to put things.

  6. We have 2 of those crap corners in our kitchen/dining room. You've given me some motivation to get them cleaned up!

  7. Hee-Hee! I have a crap bowl. There's a beautiful bowl sitting on my butcher block in the center of our kitchen. It's a great piece of pottery that should house fruits and such - but no, it overflows with mail, hair bows, candy, sandwich bag ties, bubbles, coupons... you name it... We also have crap piles on our entry way table. Makes me crazy! Glad to see it isn't just me. ;)


I don't get to talk to a lot of actual grown-ups during the day, so your comments make me really happy! :)