Spring Cleaning...in September

Well, I've finally decided to do it. Clean my entire apartment. Just over 900 square feet of too much stuff. Why now? Well, my boyfriend went out of town, so I don't feel bad about making it messy while he's gone (as long as I have it clean by the time he gets back). And I've been meaning to do this for a LONG time. Hopefully I can count on my inner domestic house-wife alter-ego...she's gotta be there somewhere, right?

This is the empty laundry room. How do we fit so much stuff in here? It has to be magic (See Ron Weasley peeking out behind the dryer?).

We have a LOT of stuff, and a shortage of actual storage space. If we had a house with a garage and an extra closet or two, I don't think I would feel this urge to scour every inch of my home like this. A part of me just wants to throw everything away, but I have to keep telling myself that someday we WILL have a house and a garage/shed/closet/more space, and we won't want to have to re-buy a lot of this stuff. But there is actually some stuff we can give away, like mis-matching silverware since we were lucky enough to inherit a great set in the past couple years. And clothes. I have way too much clothing, and since I started sewing, my wardrobe has just continued to grow. Also, shoes. Just shoes.

So where did I start? I started with the laundry room, which doubles as most of our storage, the coat closet, and the broom closet. I should have taken a before picture, but I think during and after pictures will be sufficient. Maybe I don't actually want photo evidence of how much that room drove me crazy.

This is the entire contents of the laundry room, emptied into the kitchen.

I might be biting off more than I can chew, since the boyfriend is only gone 6 days and I have a job and want to enjoy some of the weekend...luckily I did part of the kitchen last week ;) I'll try to update on the progress...or maybe just on the finished task.

Wish me luck!