A Happy, Organized Home

I officially finished my "Spring" Cleaning a week ago, but have been procrastinating writing this. How do I properly sum up this project and how I feel?

Proud that I now have a TON of extra hangers, instead of not enough if all our clothes are clean

Well, I feel this odd mixture of proud and underwhelmed. I'm proud because I actually went through every spot in the apartment that has been bothering me, organized it, found things to give away, and definitely impressed my boyfriend with how much I did. I can also tell he appreciates it because he's been putting his late-night cereal bowls in the sink, rather than leaving them by the couch.

I even went through my file cabinet (process pictured above), but this effort is hidden away in the closet...

But I'm underwhelmed because, well, I don't necessarily think the before and after pictures do justice to the hard work I did, which basically makes me feel like you can't SEE what I did! To be fair, a lot of the problem areas are not "common" areas where we "entertain" our guests. I won't be saying, "Hey, let's hang out in my clean closet!" any time soon.

I'm also nervous that all this was for naught... It will be SO easy to destroy my sewing desk, and it will probably happen fairly soon. And because we have such a small space for so much stuff, one hoodie left on the living room couch makes everything look sloppier than I'd like. A lot of our storage is out in the open, like all the crowded bookshelves we have, and all my little Chotchkies everywhere. Keeping things looking clean is as much of a challenge as the original deep-cleaning.

Here is my sewing desk before...YUCK (though in my defense, it was one of the last things I cleaned, so I had been piling stuff on it through the whole process. It 

And here is my sewing desk after. Not picture perfect, definitely tons of stuff...but it's ORGANIZED and not an eyesore anymore.

So here's to my goal of taking pride in my home. Maybe my efforts are a bit invisible, but things all have their place right now. Currently, I won't be embarrassed to have a friend over (there have been times...). Maybe it's just the Pinterest posts I see of the roomy living areas (with the perfect huge mirrors to make things seem even more spacious) that leave me longing for a bigger home, but right now being proud of my home is harder than I'd like. But I'm up for the challenge ;)

 
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