If I learned one thing from this back room project, it’s that I didn’t need to wait until I could devote an entire weekend to it. In the past 26 weeks, never did I wake up on a Saturday morning and think, “I’d like to spend my whole weekend cleaning out the back room.”
When motivation struck on a Tuesday morning, I took hold of it, and I finished by Thursday. I didn’t block out a large amount of time; I worked on it a little at a time.
Before & After
I consolidated stuff into fewer boxes and sorted everything. I knew we would keep most of it. The only things that are on their way to Goodwill are a laundry basket, a planter, and a box set of VHS tapes.
It’s amazing how stuff takes up less space when it’s organized.
Progress was slow. After I piled everything in the dining room on Tuesday (you can read about that and see the “Before” photos), I didn’t see the dining room floor again until Wednesday evening. By Thursday 5:00 p.m., a few last things remained on the table. I dumped them into a bag of Miscellaneous and decided I was finished.
Back Room Makeover: