When I was a small kid, I was a slob. When I was an older kid, I was a slob. When I was a teen, I gave the word “slob” new meaning. When I was a young adult, I was still fairly slobbish. When I had kids, however, that all changed.
Before I got divorced and moved to Florida with my kids, we all lived in a small house in Chicagoland. I mean – SMALL. Our family of eight somehow managed to share an 1100 square foot house without killing each other. I know that’s probably more people in less space than most of you can imagine.
Because space was at a premium back then, I got to be an expert at organizing. Gone were the days of letting something, anything lie around and collect dust. If it didn’t serve a purpose, it didn’t have a spot in my house. I regularly went through and purged any unnecessary items cluttering up my house. We donated bags of clothes, toys, and household goods often. What was left was organized to make the most of the limited space we had.
Now, I actually LOVE organizing! I get a little thrill cleaning and arranging things to make the best use of space. There are so many things in my life that I can’t control. There’s nothing I can do when my car breaks down or I need to go to the hospital. But I love the control I feel when I get the clutter cleaned up and everything in my home is nice and neat. It’s no coincidence that the more chaos and misfortune there is in my life, the cleaner my house is.
Florida houses are weird. Most don’t have a coat closet when you walk in the door, so we were a little at a loss as to where we should keep our shoes when we moved here. Below are the BEFORE and AFTER pictures of our entryway. Now we have a functional and attractive solution to our shoe problem!
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