I didn’t think it would take this long to get all the messes cleaned up.
What started in the office, formerly the office, has now spread to another storage area, the living room, sunroom and garage.
Yep… That is how I roll sometimes.
To recap, we had a bit of a flooding problem when we got all the rains here in our area the end of August and beginning of September. We had a lot of rain one night- like 7 inches! We had a flood in a basement bedroom and the office. You can read about that here.
A week later, we got hit with another 8 or more inches and had more flooding in the office area. I realized that the water was literally pouring in through some holes in our foundation. We were able to close it up before the rains came again the next night. Thank goodness.
Here we are on week 5 and we are slowly getting things reorganized. I have no idea what the people north of us are doing yet and they had REAL flooding and tornadoes!!
The office and bedroom were pretty much totally emptied out so that we could get everything dried out. In both rooms, I took the opportunity to purge excess junk. The bedroom was pretty easy to get done because that was College Son’s room so we just made piles of stuff for college, stuff to get rid of and stuff to go back. Once the carpet was completely dried we were able to put it back down- we had pulled it up to get air flowing under it- and replace the trim pieces to hold it in place.
The office/storage area was another story altogether. Let’s just say, some people had been putting stuff in there that probably should not have been kept..
Sorting there took on a different look and to be honest, much is still not done. Ultimately, I decided that I really don’t use that room for my office other than to do a quiet time in the morning, so its going to go back to strictly a storage room.
I am still rearranging the house to accommodate my office stuff. The sunroom is now our office/school room. We have our workspaces in there and, so far, its working well. Slowly I am working through the rearranging keeping in mind these things-
- Do I NEED this?
- Do I WANT this?
Whatever doesn’t pass those questions then go through these questions:
- Should I throw it away?
- Should I give it away?
- Should I sell it?
I feel like I am making good headway. It is taking me forever, but slowly, I am getting rid of excess and organizing the things that are staying. I had a rummage sale and have been selling things online in the meantime to help get rid of some things I didn’t want to just give away. In the end though, there is still quite a bit going to the thrift shops in my area.
I have much more to deal with in that room, but I have to wait until the rest of the walls are painted with waterproofing paint. Part of what has taken so long was deciding just what to do with that room.
While I wait for that to be done, I have been discretely ignoring the large pile of stuff in one corner of the living room. There is a lot of stuff in that pile that will be categorized in the “I WANT this” group. That means, I need to figure out what to do with it. And I just haven’t been mentally ready for that one yet.
I think that one might need an entire blog post of its own.