Have you missed seeing my clutter pictures? Look no further! Clutter Island: Before Pictures

Hi Everybody! I hope you have been having a fabulous summer! I have. It’s just been really nice to spend time with my family. I love my family!

I really, really, thought I was going to get my house back in order (as much as I can do “order”), but I haven’t gotten very far. I’ve hinted at it before, but things really fell apart around here when I went back to work last year. I’m going to be brave and post a picture I took in May:

Clutter, clutter everywhere

I know. It’s craziness. This was a “before” picture. We worked on it the same day and improved it (especially all of the random stuff on the floor), but I never took an “after” picture because it just didn’t seem like enough improvement to me. It’s not like I cleared the kitchen island or the desk or the big stack of boxes of junk.

Oh my dear Kitchen Island, a.k.a. Clutter Island.

The last time my island was clean and clear was around October of last year. I kept taking before pictures thinking I was going to get it cleared, but I never did. So here’s a progression of clutter over several months in pictures! Fun with clutter!

Clutter Island in January:

January 2013 Kitchen Island

Clutter Island in March:

March 2013 Kitchen Island

Clutter Island in June. Layers of Clutter, People, layers!

Kitchen Island 6-20-13

Clutter Island in July. In case you are wondering about those red and white legs sticking up. That’s a decorated Santa container. Yes, Santa. Yes, July. That’s a Christmas DVD there, too.

Kitchen Island 7-20-13

Now this is when I decided to do the old 15 minute timer thing and work on it in chunks until it was done. Here’s a progress picture from a different angle. Well, there is some white space, right? And a cute boy!

Kitchen Island 7-31-13

I wasn’t getting very far with the 15 minute strategy, even over several days.

And then… I found some new inspiration that I can’t wait to tell you about but this post has gotten so long I’m going to leave it for the next post. Can you believe I’m leaving you in suspense like this?!

OK. I will tell you that I did clear my island!!! Not only that, I’ve learned a lot about my clutter. Does that sound weird? Anyway, I’ll be back soon to tell you how I did it and with some process pictures and after pictures. Yippee!

Are you having a great summer? How are your cluttery spots doing?

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17 Responses to Have you missed seeing my clutter pictures? Look no further! Clutter Island: Before Pictures

  1. I am SUPER intrigued now. Shall wait anxiously for the next post.

  2. Kim

    Oh. my. goodness! Don’t leave us hanging for too long!! 🙂

  3. Melissa

    It was a nice surprise to find an update in my inbox! On the plus side, I can see your dishes are done! Right now, there are 6 bins of toys in the basement and an explosion of laundry. The only toys the kids have to play with are stuffies, blocks and potato heads while I attempt to whip the clutter in to shape this week!

    • Elizabeth

      Thanks, Melissa! Oh boy, toy decluttering! That project fell apart on me here. It’s on the list to revisit. I would love to see some pictures of what you do if you care to share them!

  4. Meg

    Well, I’m definitely looking forward to hearing the rest of the story! I wish I could be more shocked by your “before” pics. The shocking part, at least for me, is how quickly surfaces go from clean and clear to completely overgrown. But we’re working on it. 🙂

    • Elizabeth

      Hey Meg! It makes me feel better that you are not shocked at the before pictures! Thanks! Seriously. Surfaces fill up in the blink of an eye. Wish they could clear as fast! 🙂

  5. Tiffany C.

    OOh! I can’t wait! We moved recently and having a fresh start has helped motivate us to keep the place tidy. The play area is looking pretty rough already, and the pool table, it came with the rental, is covered in stuff 🙁 But our main living area we are doing a pretty good job with.
    I’m excited to learn more about what you have learned, I’m sure I’ll learn something:)

    • Elizabeth

      I can totally see how moving would be a nice fresh start and motivation for keeping things tidy. Good job on the main living area! What I did with the island might help you with the pool table since they are both flat surfaces that like to collect stuff. 😀

  6. I can’t wait to hear about your inspiration! I’m intrigued. I’m afraid with school starting that our clutter spots are about to explode.

    • Elizabeth

      I know. The thing that scares me the most about school is all of the papers that flood into the house every day. I’m determined to have a better plan this year. I’ll be sharing that soon, too!

  7. Abigail

    I’m jazzed to see the update and learn some new strategies going into the school year!
    The school paper is scary because you don’t want to miss an important notice.
    I tend to leave things out as a visual reminder. But it can get out of hand when I just have a big stack of reminders and I can’t actually see anything but the top one.

    • Elizabeth

      Hi Abigail! I just put up the new post with the process I used to clear my kitchen island. Woot! And you are right about that school paper clutter being downright scary. My next post will focus on what my new plans are to keep paper from taking over, so stay tuned!

  8. It’s interesting that you learned about your clutter; I’ve been helping a few people with their “minor hoards” after breaking the back of my own, a process which took a very long time. Anyway, I find that after I work with someone’s stuff for awhile I can almost “read” it. It’s all about the repeating themes that I find. It’s extremely interesting.

    Kudos for posting an honest “before” picture! I’m always so happy to see other people keeping it real. 😉

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