Since one of my main goals for this week is to get my living room more organized (ugh, you can check out those before pictures if you want :) I thought I'd share with you a few of the things I've accomplished so far!
The main thing I wanted to tackle was my husband's childhood video games (Nintendo 64 and Super Nintendo) under the t.v. which created a big mess. We recently got a Wii, so there was just no room for 3 consoles and games under there! Unfortunately, I didn't get any before pictures, but trust me, it was awful. There were games and consoles and cords everywhere!
Step One: I convinced my husband that we didn't need the old games upstairs anymore. I told him they weren't used often enough to deserve "prime space" in the living room. :) Maybe later I'll convince him to sell them or something but that's for another time. Putting them away is a huge step.
Note: Make sure you have permission to mess with someone else's stuff, especially if it's your husband's. I know it's tempting to just do it, but don't. It'll lead to a lot of unnecessary conflict. Maybe I'll post later about the right way to petition your husband to make changes.
Step Two: Pull everything out. Yep, I'm a pull the mess out and deal with it head on kinda girl. It was a dust bunny farm. I unpluged everything and sorted it all out. I put all the old stuff into boxes. The games got their own box which they fit perfectly in. It was a match made in heaven.
Step Three: Mark everything. Trust me. It's really annoying to have a bunch of unmarked boxes around.
Step Four: Put all the old stuff in the basement. Yes! Finally!
Step Five: Clean it out with a wet rag. It was a dusty yuckie place.
Step Six: Put all the new stuff neatly in it's place. I got a cute basket at a local discount store and used it to put all the new Wii stuff in. Now you can just pull the basket out, find what you need and put it back. I love it!!
Step Seven: I neatly wound up extra cordage still under there and secured it with twistie ties. I hate having a jungle of cords. Now it's nice and neat!
I should have some more posts soon on other things I'll accomplish in the living room this week and I will post the final results on Friday along with a link up for you to share how you've been learning to be more content, a better homekeeper, re-purposing things you already have, etc. Come join us and let's encourage one another in this home keeping journey!
*My giveaway for a Rubbermaid Reveal Mop is still open to get you started or keep you going strong on your home keeping journey!*
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