The Crazy Suburban Mom: Some befores but more afters and of course, Ginger...

Friday, July 30, 2010

Some befores but more afters and of course, Ginger...

By Wednesday night I'd made so little progress with the Jersey Shore Declutter Fest 2010 I got the cleaning lead out.

I looked around, realized my family would be home (really) soon and Uh-oh I am so far from being done and how the heck did that happen anyway?

My family's been gone six days and there's still junk all over the place and all I have to show for it is a few empty bags of pretzels, an empty box of jaw breakers and red licorice wrappers...

Oh by the way, I don' eat well without my family.  If I have no one to cook for... I don't know.

So starting Wednesday evening I was a whirlwind and did nothing but clean and eat pretzels. And jawbreakers.  And licorice.   Ginger's been following me around all, What the hay?  I'm not even kidding.  I just took my AFTER pictures for you and she's in almost every one like a four-legged Where's Waldo.  Poor thing doesn't know what's going on.

Ginger follows me from room to room anyway but usually I stay in a room for more then a few minutes.  Poor thing keeps looking up at me like, Can we stop now?  Are we staying here NOW?  Will you please just sit down and stay down...NOW?

You'll see what I mean...

Dining room before....


After - with Ginger milling about -  and my much pared down books towards the back...


Bookshelf and pantry area before.  I never got to that messy pantry but maybe soon...


I freecycled the bookcase and moved a smaller piece of furniture in it's place.  I think it works much better. 


The entry where the rug pad had stuck...


The entry area now with what is really a bathroom rug but it looks okay.  I threw out the rug that was there because I think it was really a pee-pee rug. 

 To the left is one end of the living room,  I added reading area.  I've always wanted one there.


And it's much better then it was a few weeks ago!


Here's the other end of the living room when it was still in the Ay-yi-yi stage...


And this morning with Ginger...


The furniture is set up where I want it but..


The room looks bare and unfinished to me.  Most of the pictures aren't up.  It looks undone to me.


It needs more of something.

I started my bedroom at three this morning.  The laundry is done and checked off at last, half the dusting and vacuuming done.  The bathrooms aren't done at all and neither is my kid's room which I wanted to do. So shoot on that. 

My dresser...


is looking much better today.


I have to tell you something funny about Ginger though.  She has a new place to sleep besides her muffins.  She still loves her muffins, they are all over the house but....


She got this new thing.  My headboard has a bookshelf in the back because my bed frame is old and used to hold a water bed.   (I want to get rid of the clunky old frame.)

Like most of those typical dated water beds the headboard has cubbyholes and shelves.

Out of nowhere Ginger started dragging all the pillows and blankets to the main cubbie and sleeping there.  I wake up frequently with a dog foot in my face.  And she's indignant if I want my pillows back.  She wants all of them.


She wasn't crazy about me taking pictures of her there, Get away was the general vibe.


I still have things to do but I had to post some progress that was actually progress.  I know I've posted some cleaned-up shots but it was just a cleaned off table or something...  Not even a whole room.  I wanted to show there has been some real progress finally.
It feels good to be able to walk from one room to another - finally and scan the room and perhaps not see something pending to do.  


Bossy Betty 7/30/10, 12:12 PM  

We have been on the same wavelength! I have been doing the same thing around here. So has the dog and she is tired of it.

Love the changes you've made!

ladyjanewriter 7/30/10, 12:35 PM  

I wanna sleep in a cubbyhole! It looks cozy!

Maureen 7/30/10, 12:36 PM  

You've been one busy girl! Do you think Ginger is giving you attitude because of her superstar status? She may be reading your blog! Haha!

Oh I am so like you. When the family is the away my stove doesn't see much action.

Lindalou 7/30/10, 1:13 PM  

You've really been working overtime. I very impressed and to think you did all this work only on pretzel, jawbreaker and licorce power.

Theres just life 7/30/10, 2:19 PM  

There is more powerful motivation to clean house than people coming over be they family or friends.
I've pulled a couple of all-nighters before to get everything done on time.

Babes Mami 7/30/10, 2:55 PM  

I'm so proud I could cry!

Lynette 7/30/10, 4:07 PM  

I really love the colors in your living room. And totally envious of the bare walls. Right now you have a good clean look. Look to use your very favorite pieces of your collection to decorate with.

Vonlipi 7/30/10, 7:25 PM  

I love Ginger she's the cutest!

I really like your new shelf with the pantry and I can see the Pyrex i sent you :)

It's a wonder you still have keep declutering
and declutering! Are you available for some consulting?

Vonlipi 7/30/10, 7:26 PM  

Oh I got Tazzy today! She's a peach! ;)

Mom Mayhem says: 7/30/10, 8:02 PM  

Looks like some great progress! I love the reading nook - and Ginger's new sleeping area ;)-LOL!

Kim Moldofsky 7/31/10, 12:38 AM  

Nice! I actually enjoy seeing the before pictures. I get anxious when things are too neat and clean, you know like when it looks as though no one lives in a house because it's so put together? Enjoy the clean version!

Lin 7/31/10, 10:36 AM  

WOW! Tracy, you are one very determined woman--and a productive one at that. Who'd guess that you could get that much done in a week's time munching on a diet of Twizzler's and pretzels??? It looks GREAT--now the trick is to keep it that way, right?? Easier said than done.

As for Ginger--sigh. Gees, she looks forlorn and confused. "Where's the family?" "Where's the doo doo rug?" "Where's the mess and my muffins?" And when she finally retreats to her own dog-made mess to relax in, somebody's all in her face about it. Sheesh. Poor Ginger. She needs to come visit Aunt Lin for a bit.

Or at least a Twizzler stick of her own.

Jenny H 8/2/10, 9:43 AM  

I have to say, despite the living room area looking a little bare because you haven't added pictures yet, it looks a lot more cozy in the new setup. I also love that smaller rack you replaced the original bookshelf with. Good stuff! Organization WIN!

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