Or at the very least the embarrassment will be kept at a minimum.
A few weeks ago I happened to listen to an NPR segment on hoarding and something just clicked inside me. They were talking about me. They were talking about my home. And for the first time I realized that not everyone lived the way that I did. My home was not as cluttered as a hoarders; but the mentality was the same.
I made up my mind that by the time we had people over for my son's birthday in September; that every inch of this house would be non-humiliating.
For the past few weeks I've been working *so* hard; and I'm proud to announce that you can now come over unannounced and walk around my entire downstairs. I have:
Cleared a bunch of trash from our media room
Decluttered that same room; and rearranged the furniture so now we have a new *living space* instead of what amounted to an oversized closet
Cleaned/decluttered our downstairs closet; formal living room, and family room.
Cleaned/decluttered my craft room which I previously would not let anyone walk in because of the mess and pins etc all over the carpet. I'm still working on teh closet. DH rearranged all the furniture *and* got me a new craft table!
Cleaned and re straightened the nursery
Scrubbed miles and miles of baseboard (still have miles to go).
I'm so excited-- my home will never be as clean as my inlaws, nor as well decorated; but I do *not* want to be ashamed of the way I live (and by extension, my husband and children live) any more.
Just as an aside; I found 250 dollars of uncashed checks in all the junk.
Edited by texmati - 9/9/11 at 7:52am