Several years ago my Better Half designed and built these beautiful built-ins for our bedroom.
They offer a ton of storage to our little room. With storage however, sometimes comes disorganization. This was the case for us.
This beautiful window seat was hiding a nasty secret…a big fat mess…leading to another big fat mess. Below this window seat is a lot of storage space which leads to our attic crawl space. Both of which were in utter disarray. I didn’t take before pictures because you really couldn’t tell how bad things were until you got down in there, so instead, I took pictures of all the stuff that came out of there.
|FOUR bags of stuffed animals. We purged them down to two!|
Now you can see what it looks like under the window seat and in the attic space.
|The boxes on the right are filled with my children’s artwork. I can’t bear to get rid of them!|
Some of the stuff had to go back in there so we packed most of that in Space Bags and cut down on the space it took up.
|I left the luggage within arm’s reach. I never know when I’ll need to run get away.|
|We also got rid of a ton of stuff as I purged and organized the drawers.|
So now that I have the drawers and the closet all cleaned and organized…and even the attic space, I can call this room done! PTL!!!
I’m really learning through this process, that half the battle of being organized it getting rid of the “junk” that I don’t use anymore. It allows me to be more organized and consequently better at a whole lot of things in my life.
Wow, twelve weeks of organizing done! Next week, I’ll give you an update of all the projects and let you know if they are holding up and the changes I have made since all this organizing began.
Courtenay@Creek Line House says
I’ve been getting rid of stuff like crazy this week too! I think I took about 6 big garbage bags out to the garage. At least! It feels amazing! Congrats on your progress!
Heather B. says
Good for you! I need to organize my closets/dresser like you have done. Your master bedroom looks beautiful!
I have enjoyed your “Organizing Challenge”, will you continue with the series?
Oh, girl!!! Those built-ins are to die for! What a blessing to have a crafty husband! Love the colors in your room too…you’ve done a terrific job of decorating. Thanks for sharing!
You are so blessed to have such a talented Husband. I love the built ins!
~ Dani says
Really awesome built ins!! Love them!! Your room is gorgeous as well!! But what is the writing on the wall beside your bed? That looks interesting. Also, the leaves that are above your bed – are they a stencil? Was it another project we are going to see soon? I’d love to see a better picture of both walls. Thank you so much for sharing all of your hard work – it’s an inspiration to us all! =)
Ginny @ OrganizingHomelife.com says
This looks FABULOUS! You have done an amazing job working with a small space. And, I LOVE the wall art!
I’m hosting a brand new linky party on my blog, Organizing Homelife, and I would love for you to link up this post!
I know this post was about you getting organized, but I’ll be honest, I still am thinking about the fact that you have a secret entrance to an attic crawl space. That is the coolest thing ever!
The DIY Show Off says
Great job, Carrie! I just did this earlier this year and it feels so good! 🙂
The walls in your bedroom are beautiful, and so are your built-ins! 🙂
I have a suggestion for the childrens artwork. Scan them and create art posters….put say there 10 best pics for one poster each, reduce the size of the artwork on the poster (this intensifies the colours and impact) and leave a space between each pic on the poster for a framing effect. Have them printed then frame/mount them. This is very cool art and then you can feel free to purge the collected artworks.
I have seen this done on HGTV’s Home by Novogratz.
Why not renovate the attic and make it as your walk-in closet? Your closet seems to be full already, so I guess a new wardrobe cabinet is a must! I’m sure in no time, your cabinet will be filled with more clothes, so make your attic useful rather than keeping it as a bodega, right? Chantay Smithingell