Tuesday, March 2, 2010

28 Day Organizing Challenge the Finale

Posted by Krista at 10:03 AM

Well, here we the last day of the challenge hosted by Laura at Organizing Junkie and I'm so very nervous and excited to show you the transformation of my bedroom. When I first decided to take on the bedroom for the organizing challenge I really wondered if I would be able to stick to it and get it finished.  I'm happy to say once I got started it was pretty easy to keep plugging away at it little by little to get it done.  I am, however, glad that we had 28 days to complete our rooms.

Are you ready to see what the room looked like 28 days ago and what it looks like now?  Let's get to it then!

View from the door before

View from the door after

View towards closet before

View towards closet after

View from bed before

View from bed after

Closet before

Closet after

Well, what do you think? I am so pleased with how clean and organized everything is. I actually love tidying my bedroom in the mornings now and I can't wait to go in there and relax at the end of the day because it truly is a relaxing space now.

1. What was the hardest part of the challenge for you and were you able to overcome it? I think the hardest part for me was just getting started. Also when I emptied out the closet the huge mountain of stuff that I had to go through and determine if I wanted to keep it or if I could get rid of it - that was a daunting task for sure. Once the closet was complete (that was my first step in organizing the room) I was able to see I could do this and I would be able have the room of my dreams.

2. Tell us what kind of changes/habits you have put into place in order for your area/room to maintain its new order? I decluttered a lot from the room. That was the biggest change for sure. We had way too much stuff for the room.  I love my bedroom now and I'm no longer using it as a dumping ground for other items around the house.  I also have stopped buying things without a purpose. And I've started a dream journal for decorating the space.  I think that having an idea of where we want to take the room next will help me keep my bedroom clean and organized.

3. What did you do with the “stuff” you were able to purge out of your newly organized space? A lot of the stuff that I purged has been donated, sold or trashed. I had a full black garbage bag of shredding to do too! Who keeps that much stuff around that should be shredded?!? It was amazing seeing the amount of "stuff" we just kept holding on to and it was never used or even thought about. It was very liberating letting go of things we didn't use or love.

4. What creative storage solutions were you able to introduce in order to create additional space as well as establish some limits and boundaries? We installed a new closet organization system ($40.00) to help better utilize the space we had in there. We decided to put the baby's clothes in bins in the closet ($2.00 each) so that we could take the dresser out of the room and create more space and leave less space to "hide" things. We decluttered our dressers so that we can easily open and close the drawers.  That should help with getting our clothes put away and if we buy something we now know exactly what we have so we can decide if we really need it or not.

5. Why do you think you should win this challenge?


I think the before and after pictures speak for themselves.  The transformation of the bedroom is really amazing.  I am so proud of the work and the results.  I feel excited to start tackling other areas of our home so that all of our rooms can make me feel just as happy as our bedroom does. The rest of the house doesn't even come close to the state this room was in, but now having the experience of really being ruthless when it came to decluttering I feel like I can take that to other areas.  We really do have a lot of stuff that we really don't use and I know I have many things I don't love but just keep.  Thank you Laura for hosting this challenge and teaching me that it's really okay to let go of things. Things don't make us who we are.

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23 comments:

Amy Brown on March 2, 2010 at 10:20 AM said...

Amazing!! What a big job, I bet you feel fantastic now that it's all done. Way to go!

Cathy on March 2, 2010 at 10:33 AM said...

Wow Krista! What an awesome job! This is an amazing transformation and I'll you feel more relaxed in general just know your room is to organized! Have to say, you have beautiful dressers and it's nice that you can SEE them now! :)

DianeDenmark on March 2, 2010 at 12:06 PM said...

Fantastic job, K!! It must feel SO nice when you go to bed now, and wake up! LOL

Crossing my fingers for a win...you deserve it! :)

nanny23 on March 2, 2010 at 12:15 PM said...

Awesome job! I hope that you win! Yo put alot of work, blood,sweat and tears in this room!

The Saved Quarter on March 2, 2010 at 1:14 PM said...

Looks fantastic!!

Getting started was the hardest part for me, too, but I am so glad I cleaned out my room and I'm sure you are too!

Teri's Travels on March 2, 2010 at 2:17 PM said...

Wow wow WOW!!!! What a huge difference in the before and after pics! Peaceful and tranquil. Great job Krista! Very inspiring!!

Erin K. on March 3, 2010 at 1:27 PM said...

Wow - what a difference! I can relate to what you said about your room being a dumping ground, and how hard it was to get started, and how you are now motivated to tackle other cluttered areas of your house. That's exactly how I felt about the room I did for the challenge. I love being in the room so much more now that the clutter is gone, and it has opened my eyes to all the negative effects of clutter. I can't wait to start working on the clutter in my other problem rooms!!

cassie on March 4, 2010 at 11:35 AM said...

great job! :)

Amy on March 5, 2010 at 1:18 AM said...

Incredible. What a transformation. Nice work!

Katie on March 5, 2010 at 1:30 AM said...

Great transformation! Nice job!

ter@waaoms on March 6, 2010 at 8:17 PM said...

great job!! :)

Dolli-Mama on March 7, 2010 at 9:23 AM said...

Congrats on the win! You deserve it!

laundryontheline on March 7, 2010 at 9:33 AM said...

Congratulations! Your space looks great!

Karen on March 7, 2010 at 3:45 PM said...

Congratulations! Your room looks amazing!

jean on March 7, 2010 at 4:16 PM said...

You asked who has a garbage bag full of paper to shred? Um, that would be me... Congrats on your accomplishment!

Tricia on March 7, 2010 at 10:49 PM said...

Great job! Congratulations on your win!

Rana on March 8, 2010 at 9:03 AM said...

Congrats on your win, the space looks great!

mom1093 on March 8, 2010 at 9:16 AM said...

Congrats on your win. It looks awesome.

"Intentionally Katie" on March 8, 2010 at 1:48 PM said...

I think I actually heard angels singing when I scrolled to the after picture of your closet. WOW!!! You must LOVE getting dressed in the morning now!

Krista on March 9, 2010 at 7:41 PM said...

Thank you everyone for all the congratulations! :) I'm still a little surprised that I actually won lol - There were so many great rooms!

Thanks again

Anonymous said...

Well... that's interessting but actually i have a hard time figuring it... I'm wondering what others have to say....

Abbi on March 10, 2010 at 1:35 AM said...

Great job! The transformation is amazing.

Chantal on March 10, 2010 at 10:45 AM said...

Congrats on winning. I have to say that your photos are very inspirational. I need to do this kind of work around my house. It is a bit challenging with a 11 week old in the house as well. But I will start as soon as he starts to nap :)
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