I WISH I'd taken before pictures, so people could understand the monstrosity of a mess I was dealing with. Still, I was not alone in dealing with this. My husband jumped right in and we tackled the majority of it together.
Plus, he's naturally a better organizer than I am. I have to stare at something for about an hour to figure out what the best way to organize it would be. He just starts going and BAM it's organized. I'm jealous. I told him I'd like to take an organizing class so I could be faster with it and he said, "Just join the army." Ha!
Anyway, so we basically organized to the point of making the space we live in the most..well..livable. He picked up some of the heavy boxes that I couldn't lift and took them out to storage or up to the spare bedroom so that we could sort through them later. Our kitchen and living room were in order, and that was the most pressing at the time.
However, we were then left with the guest bedroom being full of boxes and random things. Now, I am sure he would have gone through the bedroom with me. Yet, being at home all day by myself, I decided it was time to get it CLEAN and ORGANIZED! I was going crazy just looking at it. Plus, I felt like it was a danger zone walking in there (I don't have a real picture so just imagine it's like the one below).
I began by taking maybe an hour a day to go through a few things in there and throw away, put up, or organize them. It felt good even though I'd only made small dent. I knew that when I walked in there, the room was just a little bit cleaner than it was before. Well, the other day I took Amber to Petsmart to get a bath and while I was waiting for her, I went next door to one of my favorite stores...TARGET! I bought some lovely sets of sheets and a comforter to put on the spare bedroom bed and that was the magic wand that got me OVERHAULIN'!
I came home and faced the room like it was my arch rival. Inside I felt I'll never get this done but outside I was determined. I really didn't know what to do first. So, decided that I would pretend the rest of the boxes weren't there and simply focus on one tub of items in front of me. I had my large black trash bag to my left, a box for Goodwill donations to my right, and everything else would find a place in this house. I was tossing things out, placing them in the donation bin, and organizing the rest. Well, it seemed that one little box turned into another little box. And I started to find that I had more room. So, I set up a little office space for me in the room. And I set up another table plus a futon. And before I knew it I looked up and somehow the entire room had gotten organized! I didn't know who did all of that work but I had 2 full trash bags and 6 broken down empty boxes to throw out. Plus, I had a large box of things to donate.
I looked at the clock and it had taken me two hours. But it felt like it was no time at all. All I did was take it one thing at a time. Right now, I only have to move two boxes of my school things from that room into storage and have my husband help me take an extra box spring that is in the room to Goodwill and the room will be totally done. I'll take a picture when it is totally ready.