Here is a reminder of what I did Phase 1: Create the Plan
- Wrote down everything in the room to know what I was working with.
- Divide all the items into groups (on paper).
- Map out the room to plan for where the items would end up.
- Divided the project into bite-size chunks that I could do in a few hours, then in a few days
- Made room to work by pushing table against wall and some empty boxes gone.
Phase 2: Sort, Purge, and Store
This was the tedious part. After I broke down the project into chunks, it was time to get chewing. ….Sort, purge, and store…. ON REPEAT! 2 hours here, there, and again. Slowly making progress. But, accomplishing what was on paper, kept me motivated.
It is hard to read the picture because it is written in pencil, so I have it listed below. It actually changed a lot throughout the process… But here is what my final work looked like on each of the days.
Five days (2 hours shifts):
1 – Gift wrap, bags, boxes. Craft supplies. Move Printer. Clear long wood table.
2 – Boys clothes & label. Bag clothes to give away. Kid Supplies. Summer Misc.
3 – Organize pantry. Storage needs for pantry. Purge glassware. Purge gifts.
4 – Home decor: candles, glass. Christmas presents. Baby feeding Misc. Maternity clothes.
5 – Project pile. Trash out. To give and Goodwill items packed into car. Christmas/seasonal.
Two vacation days (3-4 hours of work each day):
6 – List storage needs. List: projects. List: Items to go through in the future (Phase 4). Drop off items giving to people and Goodwill the rest.
7 – Clear desk. Furniture and big items moved. Memories sorted.
As I went a long I labeled items (hello yellow post-it notes) and bins with sticky notes to prepare for Phase 3! My favorite! Here is what the basement looked like after Phase 2 or 18-20 hours of combined work. Get ready…
This wall holds items that are on their way out. On the table and under are either on the “project” list, need to be gone through, or are items I would like to sell. The bins on the far left are old college books and childhood memories; they just need some more time (Phase 4 = after the baby!) Also I have a few empty containers stacked up on the far right.
Woo hoo! We can see the floor. We can walk through the room! Everything that is staying has a home! Big accomplishment from the start. Next up labels and labels. Let the fun begin.