I open up my storage closets and what do I find?
One day, not that long ago, we realized Kaitlyn had hit a growth spurt and needed to go out shopping for new jeans. She and I took a Saturday morning and had a blast - basically doing a second round of back to school shopping for the year. If only the growth spurt could have waited for the summer season when we would have needed to re-outfit her anyway. But it didn't, so shopping we went. Then we came home and sorted through all her clothes and bagged up everything that was too small. The very next day I was talking with a neighbor about how quickly our kids are growing and realized that both of her daughters are in the size the my Kate just grew out of - perfect! So I went to the closet and pulled out not only the bags we had just set aside, but I started finding clothes I had previously been tossing in there here and there as they were outgrown.
Pretty soon I was pulling out everything in not only that closet but the second storage closet as well (they flank each side of the guest room and all are accessed through the playroom) and pretty soon the playroom looked like this.
That same storage closet now looks like this:
And the wall on the other side of the closet:
Here are the rest:
which also now has some clear floor space - yay! Sure, it's not worthy of the Pottery Barn catalog or anything, but it's a lot better than it was. In the process I also "discovered" a lot of things that I had forgotten I had, like an entire stack of photos I had blown up but never put up on the wall. (Now you know what prompted me to get started on Tyler's Monogram Wall again, along with the photos in my bedroom and other things I have yet to post) It was a bit like Christmas all over again ;) It also got the motivation going to not only tackle some of the projects that have been waiting for attention for a very long time, but to see what else I needed to sort through to make my life easier. And it was perfect timing when just a few days later a friend sent me the link to the 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge.
Anyone else doing the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge? Or want to join me now that you've heard about it? ;)