Monday, December 29, 2008

Making A Mess

I took down my Christmas tree and decorations today. Boy what a mess I created.

You know how you start something and it just snow balls? Well, as I was putting away the decorations, I decided to organize they closet they go in. Then I thought, why not organize them all? So....

Three empty closets later, my house is a total disaster. I need to by more storage bins. I also need to make a trip to the thrift store to donate some items. This is all part of my lightening up this year. Does anyone else have items in their closets that have not been used in 4 years? My new mantra is....it I don't use it in a year, it is gone. Unless it is family photos or heirlooms. I think that will help me not make so many impulse purchases.

I have a secret too!! To find out what it is, you need to go over to my Lavender Hill Studio blog.....
Welcome Home,
Penny

39 comments:

  1. Ohhhh! Your pretty tree is all gone!
    Closet organizing sounds as a too much work right now, I hope you'll have time to enjoy New Year's Eve.

    Wishing you everything the best for the 2009.

    Suzy

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  2. Your mess still looks pretty clean to me! Hugs!

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  3. I'm laughing because cleaning one thing often snowballs like that for me too. It gets worse before it gets better! But you have the better part to look forward to.

    I enjoy purging items from our home. If it hasn't been used or loved it goes!

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  4. I'm totally impressed with your undecorating project! Fantastic organizing job too!

    I'm the very worst for starting one project that SNOWBALLS into several rooms & closets. UGH! I just can't help myself.

    I have a pile or donation items in the guest room. I'll have more to add to it shortly. ♥ Diane

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  5. I do understand. But, nope!! I had auction when we moved to our new house 4 years ago!!
    Hugs, Terrie

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  6. I always say "you have to make a mess to get something really big accomplished". I made up this saying to excuse all the really big messes I make, lol! Yes, I have things that haven't seen the light of day oin years, and no matter how much I donate I keep finding more. I have a love hate relationship with my basement:>)

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  7. Hey Penny! Yes, I know the snowball effect quite well. Due to my own separation anxiety, my philosophy is that if I haven't used it in TWO years, it gets a new home. Heading on over to Lavender Hill Studio to check out your secret....

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  8. You see? Your house is gorgeous even when you think it is messy! Egads sweet lady! I am envious of your mess! : )
    I have to giggle becasue I go through phases like this. I sorted closets and drwers a few months ago and gave away, threw away and sold a ton of stuff. You would think I wold have lots of room here right? Gee whiz...maybe I still need to lighten up even more!

    Penny! We are really talking about NC this Summer...yippee!! I think we will do it!

    Love,
    Sue

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  9. I hate it when that happens...I have everything out and then run out of energy and don't want to put it all away. I enjoyed visiting your blog.

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  10. I hate it when that happens...I have everything out and then run out of energy and don't want to put it all away. I enjoyed visiting your blog.

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  11. Penny, Im doing the same with my linen closet. It was a mess and still is, but I am cleaning it up and if I haven't used it in a year, it's going out. Take care.

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  12. I need to spring clean as well.

    I have now adopted the walk around with it first and think about it. Will it work out in my home, will it have a place to be put away in. And why do I need it. And the things I don't really use, why do I have them ??????

    So, your not alone dear.

    Happy New Year

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  13. I had to laugh when I read this post. I have been digging out for days now. And have several boxes to send to the thrift shop. The problem is that then I go in to look and usually end up buying something. Happy 2009!

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  14. I don't think it looks that bad, Penny! My house looked like a bomb went off when I was putting my tree up! LOL! Now, I hate to take it down. I think I am going to leave it up through Epiphany and be a good Episcopalian! ;-)

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  15. sometimes to clean a mess, you need to make a mess. my 6 year old son quoted me today and said that. you will enjoy the lightening once it's complete. :)

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  16. Okay Penny---You are HIRED.. Now that you have cleaned out your closet and organized everything, I have a HUGE job for you here. Okay??????????? You do work cheap, don't you???? ha ha
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  17. I took down my tree and decorations too. I've been eliminating "stuff" too, but I'm giving them away in freecycle. But, your thrift store idea might be a much quicker and simpler way to get rid of it.
    One step at a time, one day a time.

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  18. My husband, son, and I are putting down a new kitchen floor at grandma chickie's house, so I won't be taking down our decorations until after New Years.
    Hugs,
    Cathie

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  19. Where do you get your energy from? Let me know and send some over. Mimi

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  20. Oh Penny I am so with you!!! I am into organization BIG TIME for 2009. I finally have my home the way I want it so I want to quit buying impulsively. I will be making a few more trips to Goodwill myself.

    Hugs,
    LeAnn:)

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  21. Wow! Look at you getting all organized! Good for you! You're an inspiration!

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  22. What goes up must come down! If you don't use it, loose it, thats going to be my 2009 motto! Rachaelxo

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  23. Good for you. But, I have to tell you that I would be hunting down that afghan with the pink roses. It is gorgeous. You know what they say about one person's junk being another's treasures.

    I am an organizational nut. My closets and drawers are organized, and I am constantly trying to downsize. We have so ... much "stuff".

    We haven't taken down Christmas yet, but I know it is time. I have enjoyed it so much this year that I am a little sad to see it go. But, I know I will be glad when it is done.

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  24. My tree never goes down until after the New Year, that is why I put it up later
    then most. Our family celebrates little Christmas…

    Three closets at once..... wow, that is a big accomplishment.

    Louise

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  25. Oh Penny, I am trying to muster up the energy for this ritual. So much stuff, so little room. Putting away Christmas is so much bigger than decking the halls. I admire your energy.
    Karen

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  26. Morning Penny...you are as bad as me...I am always starting something like that and it just spills over into the whole house but wow after it is over I feel so good about everything even if I am the only one that notices it was done! lol Happy New Year to you my friend!

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  27. Good morning,Penny. I decided this morning to clean my closet too. It is a mess after the holidays! Having to be at work extra early(5:00a.m.) because of Christmas, my closet looks like a bomb went off! I had to stay home from work today because my little boy is sick with a bad cold and fever. While he is resting,I thought that I would use my time wisely. I decided to go read some of my friend's blogs while drinking my coffee and starting my day and I see where you have been cleaning THREE closets! WOW! Maybe I will be inspired to do that too! First I will go to your other blog and see what your secret is!
    Hugs,Lee Laurie

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  28. Good for you, Penny! I just need to build some closets, so I can get things organized to begin with.

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  29. Oh, Penny, I did this very same thing just before Christmas...it took me 3 full days to clean closets, haul things to Goodwill, clean the closets good and put things back. I feel so good now when I open up any of the 4 closets we have. How long will it last, do ya think??
    love, bj

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  30. Your house is still lovely, Penny, even with the mess! I've been cleaning up too and putting all the Christmas stuff away. Time for a new year.

    I'm off to Lavender Hill Studio.

    Hugs,
    Donna

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  31. Penny: Couldn't help but notice your living room chair in this picture. I had the EXACT same chair (miss it) but when I moved to my smaller space I had to give it away. It graces my sister's home now, but I loved that chair. Christmas never looks as pretty coming down as it did going up, does it? But good for you for getting a good start on it early! Happy New Year!

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  32. Gosh you are way ahead of me Penny! I'm dreading it as always - especially as I want to donate a lot of stuff but dh is a hoarder and loves to hold on to everything, grrrrr!! I'll have to send him on errands while sorting discreetly!!

    Happy New Year dear - hope we meet in 2009 - would be nice if Rhondi could join us too!

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  33. Hi Penny! Happy New Year!

    Oh Yes, I need to clean closets, my garage, and a storage room! Too much stuff and it seems to be cluttering up my mind as well!

    ((hugs)) Rosie

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  34. Penny, you should my home! Boxes evrywhere! You are an inspiration to me for this year! Thanks sweetie!

    Hugs,
    Maryjane

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  35. Hey Penny, I did the same thing only not with Christmas decorations but with medicines, etc. While on Christmas holiday I had to go see the dentist for medication. When I got home and went to our closet where all that kind of stuff is stored I realized I had stuff from the 70's in there so I did a major overhaul. Now I have all kinds of room in that closet as well as no more clutter on the master bath dresser. Just came by to wish you the warmest and nicest of New Year's. xo Lynn P.S. I did major closet cleaning last winter but still have one more area to go. It's in Bobby G.'s man cave and that's why I keep putting the job off. (grin)

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  36. My house looked just this same way...and I am always in the middle of doing one thing and end up doing 2 more...at the same time. Talk about getting messy!!
    I noticed the little stacking tables in the background. I have been watching ebay for a set of those ...I just love them. I want the gold florentine type, if I can find them. I let a set get away from me before but I am on the hunt again.....do you like yours??

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  37. I've finally had a chance to pop over to visit your new blog! I LOVE it! Lightening up sounds like a WONDERFUL idea for the new year. If there is one thing this move has taught me, it's that al of those things I didn't think I could live without are not doing anyone a bit of good packed away in boxes so . . . . . .LIGHTEN UP it will be!

    Merry Christmas, Happy New year . . . .

    Blessings from the creek!
    Liz

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  38. Ok..YES..I DO have things in my closets, overhead in the garage (just added four hanging storage units) but..here is the thing! I have gone into tailspins..sold stuff, hauled some off to Goodwill, given open season to my daughters, (like my $4500.00 sterling that my daughter said "You NEVER use it, Mom!" Then..I think some time later.."now where on earth did I put that?!" when I want to change again. So...oh,never mind. I'll do it all again..and be sorry. Lighten up..that is. Happy New Year. YOU are brave. I am NOT!

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  39. Penny,

    We must be on the same wave length. I've taken down all my decorations and now I'm rearranging my living and painting a couple of pieces of furniture.

    My husband can't figure out why I try to do 12 things at one time. I don't know why but I like to work that way.

    I'm clearing out too and trying to be more selective about what I buy and what I keep.

    Hugs,
    Gretchen

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