Back in January I showed you a picture of my back room and boldly declared I was going to clean it out.
And I really meant it. But now looking at that same picture, I’m not sure why I thought it looked so bad. The boxes seem kind of organized. They all fit together like a game of Tetris.
But everything was impossible to reach. We use a lot of this stuff on a regular basis. And in the weeks following, since I knew I was going to clean it out, we became even sloppier and the mess was worse. I’d throw things in there haphazardly, “just until I clean it out,” and then slam the door quickly before something fell down.
I was hoping I could just do a little at a time. I didn’t want to commit to a full-on, drag-it-all-out, show-everybody, honest-to-goodness, do-we-need-an-intervention?, complete exposure of what was taking up space in my back room.
But every time I walked in there, stepping into the only clear spot of floor in the entire five-by-seven square foot closet (yes, it is that big)… well, I didn’t last more than ten seconds before I ran right out of there and found something else to do. It was so overwhelming.
I knew I had to empty it.
Six months later, on a rainy Tuesday morning, I decided it was time.
11:00 a.m. There is not going to be a better day than today.
11:30 a.m. I designated the dining table as my landing spot and extended it to a full seven feet. I started carrying things out of the back room and setting them on the table.
11:45 a.m. Yes, it does seem good to pull everything out. Found some trash. It will be good to vacuum the floor.
12:00 p.m. This feels exhilarating. I take pictures of the progress.
12:15 p.m. I start wondering why I’m doing this. Keep going fueled by kettle chips.
12:30 p.m. My arms are tired. My four year old wants to see all the Christmas tree ornaments.
1:00 p.m. Almost done pulling things out. Wipe shelves and vacuum.
After two hours, my back room was a clean slate. It was glorious.
And my dining table looked like this:
Here’s a view of it from the side, just so you can see how deep it goes:
Back Room Makeover: